Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal surprised some in the mammoth gathering at his swearing-in ceremony on Saturday by deciding to sing a tune from the Bollywood classic “Paigham” to send out a message of communal amity.
Kejriwal sang the same song when he took oath in 2013 as well.
The song was “Insan Ka Insan Se Ho Bhaichara”, written by lyricist Pradeep and sung by Manna Dey, and most folks on social media thought Kejriwal made up for his lack of skills as a singer with his sheer enthusiasm.
But Kejriwal isn’t the only South Asian politician given to bursting into song at public events.
In Pakistan’s most populous province of Punjab, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of premier Nawaz Sharif, is known for his habit of singing and reciting poetry in a rather spirited fashion.