25 September, 2020

Luck By Chance

Luck By Chance

Matchmakers painstakingly scour spreadsheets with time, dates and celestial signs to find the auspicious shubh muhurt for weddings. But in politics, rife with superstitions, a hurriedly solemnised wedding in the most “inauspicious” period can bring good luck for some couples—such as Kavita Singh, wife of Bihar’s bah­ubali leader Ajay Singh. She got married in 2011 during pitripaksh, a period when Hindus pray for the salvation of their dead ancestors. All propitious ceremonies, weddings included, are barred during this period. But Kavita, a college student then, had to rush into matrimony because of a pressing political need.

Actually, Ajay’s mother Jagmato Devi, a two-term JD(U) MLA for the Daraunda constituency in Siwan district, had died and chief minister Nitish Kumar was willing to give the party ticket to any of her relatives in the bypolls. But not to her son who had criminal cases pending. Ajay, a bachelor, had to find a suitable match, marry her and retain the ticket within his family. A matrimonial ad was placed and out of 16...



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