It is time to rejoice and dance in the streets. Sorry, we meant sweep the streets.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has got itself an election symbol, the broom. This serves two symbolic purposes, that of telling voters that it will clean up the filthy system of which it is now a part and the other that it will make a clean sweep in the next elections. As soon as news of this came, party members were seem carrying brooms to meetings.
It became clear to us that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and his gang had obviously read The Walrus and the Carpenter, that immortal classic by Lewis Carroll.
On seeing the vast expanse of sand on the beach they were walking on, the Walrus and the Carpenter wonder whether it can be cleaned up. “If seven maids with seven mops/Swept it for half a year/Do you suppose” the Walrus said, “that they could get it clear?” “I doubt it,” said the Carpenter/And shed a bitter tear.
Supplant the Walrus and the Carpenter with Arvind and Manish Sisodia and things become clearer.
We have to confess that we are a little disappointed in the options that the AAP had come up with in case some dastardly politician plotted to deny it the broom. Among them are a candle, a water tap and a gas cylinder.
What does a candle mean? That we will not get electricity in Aam Aadmi-land? A dry water tap when it should have been a tap that is gushing with water? A gas cylinder without a stove and cooking vessels? No, thanks. We wish Kejriwal and his lads had aspired a little higher for us.
He could have had a vacuum cleaner as a symbol or an induction cooker. This leads us to wonder what a party of editorial writers could use as a symbol were we ever to enter the political fray. I know what you are thinking dear reader — a pen. But no, we are far savvier than that.
The latest iPad or Macbook is what we’d opt for. A clean slate could work. Maybe we could have a rocking chair, the sort in which we rest in between crafting your daily fix of editorials. And we would certainly not be happy with one boring symbol. We’d keep our flock guessing by changing the symbol once in a while.
So next time you get a pamphlet with a dollar sign on it, it could just be us telling you that we are still around and that we would like contributions in greenbacks for our party. In which case, don’t hold back, will you?