The importance of places, personalities and events begining with the letter 'M' in Indian culture, sports, films and politics is very pronounced. It may look a bit strange but a brief study indicates that there is a lasting effect and both negative and positive contribution by M named entities.
One can say it all begins with the Mahabharata epic, whose effect on our culture and people are so deep, throughout the ages and shall continue for the coming ages also. The Macedonian based Alexander the Great reached India's northern borders during the Magadha based Nanda Empire and left its mark fora very long time. Maghada was their capital. Lord Mahavira founded Jainism shortly afterwards during the Mauryan empir period.
Muhammad bin Kasim brought Islam to India by conquering Multan and Sindh in 712 AD and Islamic rule began ,reaching its pinnacle in the Mughal rule which started in 1526 and lasted till 1857.I t was often challenged by the Maratha empire.
Mangal Pandey was the firs freedom fighter . He was later on followed by two freedom fighters who would play a great role in Indian subcontinent politics. The Muslim League was led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and helped create Pakistan. The other great personality was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who led us to freedom and was popularly known as the Mahatama. He had a very able colleague in Motilal Nehru who can be said to have unwittigly established the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
The founder of the Jan Sangh from where BJP has originated was Shyam Prasad Mukherjee. After independance we had Morarjee Desai as the first non congress Prime Minister. In films we had wonderful actors like Shorab Modi,Mehmood, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Mala Sinha and Madhuri Dixit. Top sigers like Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Talat Mehmood and Mukesh. In cricket we had Manjrekars,
All of are aware of the current M's in Indian politics. Mulayam Singh is dreaming of the third front route to the post of PM. So is Narendra Modi on the Gujarat Development model. Mayawati is keeping herself in reserve and Mamata is ever threatening. Poor M K Karunanidhi seems to be losing clout especially after Murasoli Maran passed away and his son Dayanidhi Maran along with Raja had to quit the Central cabinet under a cloud.
Pranab Mukherjee was sent to the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Man Mohan Singh is finding his seat very hot to handle even though M Chidambaram is back in Finance.
If Mukul Sinha the lawyer is able to dent Narendra Modi's image after sentence of Maya Kodnani and BJP comes to power with good numer of seats in 2014, then the person to wtch will be Murali Manohar Joshi.
The power of M in Indian scenario is really tremendous. Money also has and beginswith M.