Elections, Humor, Politics in India

Election Campaigns – Then and now

“Mr… is a knowledgeable person. He has read Ramayana, Mahabharata and Othello. He can quote from these stories at will, but there is only one problem. His quotes may have noting to do with the message he was trying to convey… of course, the people would burst into laughter…”

I still remember this part of speech made in the 1960s by a leading politician during an election campaign. I and my friends who listened to his speech were not the supporters of his party but we enjoyed it.

Two days after this, we listened to the speech of the above said “knowledgeable” politician. the relevant part of his speech goes like this.

His highness, as you know, belongs to an immensely rich landlord-family who ought to have fought for the survival of his ‘class’ but he could foresee the fall of Landlords. Even now, he takes three or four baths a day. That is, before breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and coffee and dinner…”

Irrespective of the political party a leader belongs to, the people gathered in thousands just to listen to the harmless funny speeches.

Contrary to such funny days, we see politicians engaged in attacks and counter attacks and self – praising… boring in short!

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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