Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Who's Who: Mojai Desai

Mojai Desai
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Mojai Desai
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Corrupted ally (for a time)

Legion Log
Mojai Desai became famous worldwide as one of the three candidates for President of Earth after lame duck President Allon stepped down. The Khunds threatened to assassinate "the President of Earth" and dispatched warriors to each of the candidates' homes and to President Allon's official residence. At that time we saw Desai's home, a luxurious air-ship floating over the megalopolis of Hyperbad, on the Indian sub-continent.

Desai's assassination by a Khund was foiled by Wildfire. Later that night, Desai won the election. From that point, Universo (posing as trusted friend Vid-Gupta) began to exert more and more mental control over Desai. Within two years of his inauguration, Desai was under the complete control of Universo. Earth shut itself off from the rest of the United Planets and the Legion was disbanded.

Thanks to the efforts of four individual Legionnaires - Saturn Girl in particular - Universo's plot was revealed and he was taken into custody. From that point, Desai was freed from Universo's hypnotic control and resumed his Presidential term.

The last time we saw President Desai, he fired Science Police Chief Zendak and replaced him with Mars Unit Chief Gigi Cuisomano. There was no word on how Desai's cabinet dealt with the Magic Wars that occurred near the end of his term.

The Indian Sub-Continent traditionally consists of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Our assumption is that Desai's home of Hyperbad is the 30th-Century extension of the current Pakistani city Islamabad.

Mojai Desai did not appear in the Reboot, nor Threeboot.

After Infinite Crisis, Mojai Desai's original history has presumably been more or less restored.

Important Mojai Desai stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #10
The debut of  Presidential candidate Mojai Desai, 
who ends up winning the election

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #11
President Desai is inaugurated 

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #323
Brainiac 5 first comes up against President Desai's administration

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #13
Newly-elected President Desai is under surveillance by Leland McCauley

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #22
President Desai is under the influence of Universo

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #32
President Desai is totally in Universo's thrall

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #35
 The Legionnaires think President Desai is Universo, 
then realize that he is just as much a pawn as their friends

President Desai awards Saturn Girl an extraordinary honor for defeating Universo

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #56
President Desai fires Science Police Chief Zendak; 
he later promotes Gigi Cusimono to the post

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