19 September, 2020

Season’s Sonnets

Down the years, party anthems have degraded, just like the politics

Season’s Sonnets

As election theme songs go, there’s probably little out there to beat the Americans. Remember Bill Clinton’s campaign in 1992 and the Fleetwood Mac number it adopted, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow...don’t stop, it’ll soon be here.” Or more recently, Barack Obama, who adopted Woody Guthrie’s “Wherever this flag’s flown, we take care of our own.”

In India, however, political parties traditionally get their election anthems specially designed. The latest example is the BJP’s ‘hunkar’ anthem composed by Prasoon Joshi and sung by Sukhvinder Singh. The song is apparently an attempt to highlight the “patriotic persona” of the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi. Curiously, the Congress, which has a long history of election anthems, has not been able to zero in on one this time.

Now Congress is the party which has always used songs to attract voters. Sta­­rting from Jawaharlal Nehru to Ind­ira Gandhi, Congress poll...



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