Remember when India Today brought out the super meme-worthy cover of Baba Ramdev and the Internet just could not handle it? Truly, no one can recover from that image any time soon. Now, the Open magazine has come out with its own meme-worthy cover.
It might not be as soul-scarring as Baba Ramdev's booty shot, but it adroitly references global pop culture and local politics. The magazine's latest edition features a cover story on the feud in Uttar Pradesh's ruling Yadav clan that is being played out in full view of the public. The cover image perfectly captures the feud between the president of the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son, Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Yes, Mulayam is Darth Vader and Akhilesh Luke Skywalker.
Mulayam, like Darth Vader in Hollywood's epic Star Wars film series, is the aging ruling overlord and son Akhilesh is challenging his supremacy, just like Luke Skywalker. Does that make Ram Gopal Yadav the Obi Wan Kenobi of Samajwadi Party? That remains to be seen.
Well played, Open.