Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Don't cry for me, Argentina!

Eva Peron
Don't Cry for me, Argentina.

This was the song I heard Sharon Prabhakar sing, on TV, about 15 years ago.

The then-famous Indian Pop Singer and the celebrity wife of Alyque Padamsee - who was, and perhaps still is, India's leading Advertising Guru - made this song popular in its special opera-tic rendition.

I had found out that this song was from the Broadway musical EVITA . And curiosity led me to find out more about Eva Peron (Evita), the former First Lady of Argentina, on whose life it was based.

(More recently, Evita was made into a movie too, with Madonna playing Eva Peron, and singing the same song).

But during those days, you can say, - when I was still a student at the University - I had become an amateur-expert in Argentinian politics!! Much to the surprise, and much to the irritation of my disbelieving friends.

Anyway, last week, when I read that the current First Lady Christina has been elected to become the next President, I couldn't help getting excited about my past mental association with Argentina.

And also, we know that Hillary would perhaps be another former First Lady who could be the President.

So, digging up some info, I quickly wrote this article for Gulf Daily News, (Sunday, 4-Nov '07). I wish the title was Women Power in Argentine Politics., but 'Cristina is the new Evita? was good enough :-)
Isabel Peron - Former First Lady
who became President on
husband's death.


Cristina Fernandez - Former First Lady
who became first 'elected' President
who succeeded her husband.

The pictures are
- Eva Peron (high above), Former First Lady - who did not become Vice President
- Isabel Peron (left), Former First lady & VP - who became President on husband's death
- Cristina Fernadez de Krichenr (right), First Lady 'elected' to take over from husband on Dec-10


I am also embedding below Madonna's song from Evita

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