On the last day of campaigning for the student council elections on the Panjab University campus, almost every leader who addressed students turned poetic to woo voters.
Catchy slogans, couplets calling for a revolution and even clichéd one-liners have been in great demand, and on Monday everyone was ready with his borrowed list of “sher-o-shayari”. The crowd was cheering at every couplet thrown at them.
Impressive rallies were carried out on Monday with much fanfare and besides the “zindabad” slogans, all used the same one-liners: “Aayi Aayi S-OI”/”Aayi Aayi N-S-U-I”/”Aayi Aayi PUSU Aayi” and “Kyun Pade ho Chakkar Mein, Koi Nahin Hai Takkar Mein”.
Robin Brar of the Students Organisation of India (SOI) invoked Shaheed Bhagat Singh and recited “Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai”. SOI has also been playing its anthem to mobilise its workers. It is available on YouTube.
NSUI leaders delivered short speeches but focused on Punjabi couplets. They targeted SOI and PU authorities for rejecting the nomination of their leader Hardik Nain.
Addressing the students, Nain recited: “Be Shukre Hunde Hain Oh Log Jo Shikwe Karde Ne Mukadran Te, Uggan Wale Taan Ug Painde Ne Pathran De Seene Phad Ke (Thankless are those who blame their luck, the one who has to grow will come out of even stones).”
Last year’s student council president Divyanshu Budhiraja recited a couplet about fighting with storms.
Another NSUI leader called for a revolution and said: “Mita Do Hasti Zulmon Ki, Bagawat Ho to Aisi Ho.”
Targeting last two victories of the NSUI in student polls, Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) leader Cherry Brar remarked: “Hawa Mein Taash Ka Ghar Nahin Banta, Ek-Aadhi Jeet Se Koi Sikandar Nahin Banta.”
A former leader of PUSU, Utkarsh Chaudhary, who had come to support the party recited: “Kabh Bulbulon Ke hathon Mein Baaz Raha Nahin Karte, Buzdilon Ke Haathon Mein Raaj Raha Nahin Karte.” PUSU has also written some slogans against luring of voters through money and liquor. These go like this: “Jo Lok Ni Vikde, Unhan Di Tasviran Bikdian (The people who can’t be bought, their pictures get sold)”and “Changia Aadtan Mehangi Nahin Hondi Aur Mehangi Aadtein Acchi Nahin Hoti (Good habits are not costly and costly habits are not good).”
PUSU uses satire to make its point
To target SOI and NSUI, PUSU activists staged a skit at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) on Monday. Before that, the satirical skit was performed at all girls’ hostels. The skit depicted that how politicians were making available drugs to the students, thus hampering their studies. It questioned that how long students will remain pawns in the hands of such politicians. Shivnetra, a BA-BEd student who acted in the play, said: “Sometimes, we can’t say a thing directly. When you attack with humour, people don’t take offence.”