Indian elections are usually a time for worrying….we worry about the possible violence,the further increase in rifts along regional,religious and caste lines and we worry about the paucity of credible candidates and viable ideolgies to vote for.
But this mammoth exercise of electoral rights also brings out its own brand of humor and I share something that came to me in an email.
Subject: Political Parties and their Symbols
Q: Why is the Samajwadi Party’s symbol ‘Cycle’?
A: Because after a ban on English and use of computers, that’s all we’ll be able to afford
Q: Why is the Congress party’s symbol ‘Hand’?
A: To remind Indians that our fate is forever in the hand of one family
Q: Why is BJP Symbol ‘Lotus’?
A: Lotus is the symbol of Sarawasti and learning. BJP will educate us through the wisdom of Varun Gandhi and Pravin Togadia.
Q: Why is Mayawati’s symbol ‘Elephant’?
A: It’s a self portrait.
Q: Why is Jayalalitha’s symbol ‘Two leaves’?
A: Because that’s what remained after Amma ate up all the fruit
Q: Why is DMK’s symbol ‘Sun’?
A: So that Karunanidhi can justify wearing shades indoors
Q: Why is Lalu’s symbol ‘Laltain’?
A: Because there’s no electricity in Bihar
Q: Why is CPM’s symbol ‘Hammer and Sickle’?
A: Because that’s what you will be using if they come to power
Q: Why is Sharad Pawar’s symbol ‘Clock’?
A: Because his time never seems to come
Q: Why is Shiv Sena’s symbol ‘Bow and Arrow’?
A: I can tell you, but then I’ll have to shoot you