Family politics: Loyalty test for Punjabi couple

  • Ravneet Sangha, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 30, 2014 09:46 IST

A day left for the greatest polling show on earth (well, part of it). In my village in the hinterland of Doaba, the question whom to elect has created serious differences between our village hatti (corner shop for everything) wala and his wife of a good half-century.

The woman supports the state's ruling combine of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party, while the man is in favour of the Aam Aadmi Party. They abuse the partner's choice and swear by own. Whose virtues they extol, they make him "the Messiah of the masses".

The septuagenarian couple has become the talk of the village. The word has spread that while she cooks food for the entire family, he refuses to be served by her. So much so that they don't even cross each other's path.

In a new kind of role reversal, the wife has asserted her independence by supporting the Panth, while the husband has grabbed the traditional broom.

The funny part is that it was the woman vote that the Aam Aadmi Party was after, yet in spite of all its promises of fighting corruption, controlling price rise, creating jobs etc., the faithful wife threw the AAP out of the heart the day it ditched Delhi.

The rural voter will go with the time-tested two parties. The "revolution" we foresee coming is urban probably, and shaping up, perhaps, only in the virtual media. Right now in my village, all that is happening is that Jeeta and his wife are not on talking terms.

We the Punjabis believe that the sun, the moon and the stars revolve around our universe. It is just incidental that we are Indian.

For being loyal to her party, a Punjabi wife will even stand up to her husband but one thing she will never do is not cook a meal for him. So, while Jeeta serves himself, they are both content supporting own parties.

Even a few young voters also support the jhadoo (the AAP symbol of broom) but Jeeta's wife questions: "Isn't Arvind Kejriwal also promising the same freebies that the 'sarkar' is giving us already?"

Socialist model is fine but it can survive only if we have a capitalist model to generate the income.

Proving that is Jeeta, clever enough to convince people that Kejriwal is a revolutionary leader, who will cleanse the system and be the voice of the downtrodden, but methinks it is just a way to ensure people keep coming to his shop to get the daily dose of politics, and yes buy some "sauda" (provisions), too.

The fact is that the daily sales at his corner shop have increased because of this colourful fight with wife. Someone tell them to keep calm; it's only voting.

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