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Fine-tuning polls

As elections draw near, the Congress, it would seem, is on song. The theme song from Slumdog Millionaire, to be precise, for which it has bought up the rights.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2009 22:01 IST

As elections draw near, the Congress, it would seem, is on song. The theme song from

Slumdog Millionaire

, to be precise, for which it has bought up the rights. With this lilting tune, the grand old party hopes to bring stability to the region. We can quite see the Taliban sitting around in Swat on a misty evening. What’s that noise from across the border, their leader will ask. It’s

Jai Ho

sir, the Indians say they are playing our song, a flunkey will inform him. Man the ramparts at once, music is alien to Islamic law, he will reply.

Oh yes, we can see stability returning within the first stanza. Clearly, the Congress has learnt no lessons from its earlier musical adventure in the Gujarat elections with ‘Chak De’ that sounded a very discordant note. As always, the BJP will come up with a counter. Going by the party’s recent debut with L. K. Advani as lead vocalist, the theme could be Where’s the Party Tonight? Now you may ask what all this song and dance is about. Will the aam aadmi see a message of hope in Jai Ho? We hardly think so. What would be music to our ears, however, would be a concrete plan of action to get us out of this economic mess. But no one’s hit that note yet. Certainly not the Third Front which is trying to warble Yeh Dosti in a slightly off-key tune.

As for the Left, which has an uncanny penchant to make history by repeating its mistakes, may we recommend Amy Winehouse’s hit number Rehab as a theme song. Manmohan Singh has, of course, shown us that he ‘will survive’ despite all the digs about him not being the main man. But in the end, there is one common theme, they’ve all got a Ticket to Ride.