The verdict is out and pizza has been won out over the roti. Before you think we have gone totally off the rails, these are only the punters’ choice of codenames in the betting in the run-up to the elections. Pizza was obviously a clear favourite, And our homegrown roti was not doing too badly either. Now codes have been a fact of life for much of our political life.
Indeed, codes have kept betting rackets on the move. Now, many of us may remember that a code word here and there kept the Cosa Nostra going. For who can outdo Marlon Brando or Al Pacino in muttering those threatening words to those who did not quite understand what all that was all about? Codes have always been quite a winning ticket with many of us. How we love the idea of a code number of a Swiss bank account. Or a codename for passage to an elite do. But then again, we have scary codes for ordinary things like the lowly eggplant that we now understand could mean an explosive. In the cricketing world, betting and code words have changed many fortunes. So, Shoaib Akhtar is udan khatola and chhakka-master describes Adam Gilchrist in certain betting circuits.
In the world of politics, code names are fairly commonplace. The US Secret Service has dubbed Barack Obama Renegade, while Renaissance, Rosebud and Radiance are the names for Michelle and the Obama girls. And for the record, alphabet ‘T’ has been reserved for the Bush family. Well, we’ll leave it to you to figure it all out. But be assured that we won’t be writing in code in these columns for quite a while now.