Uneasy lies the wig that wants to wear the crown

Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna‘s carefully coiffured pate has been the object of much mirth after the usually reverential media mustered the gall to ask “Why wear a cap on top of a wig?” Six years ago, the Mysore police actually had to keep an eagle-eye on members of the raitha sangha, after word got around that angry ryots were planning to pull it out for the benefit of the TV cameras.

Aware of the “threats”, the image-conscious former chief minister has been doubly careful, as he was at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee office in Bangalore on Friday, refusing to let anybody place the ‘Mysore peta‘ on his head, or remove it suddenly, afraid that rash handling might reveal his crowning glory.

Photographs: Karnataka Photo News