Away from the din of protest rallies, a familiar ditty played out in Central Park in Connaught Place Monday morning drawing in crowds from the Inner Circle shopping arcade and passersby. The music track from Raj Kapoor’s symbolic ‘simpleton’ ‘aam aadmi’ number ‘Jeena isi ka naam hai’ (Anari, 1959) rang out along freshly minted lyrics that drew chuckles and appreciative applause from the crowd.
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After 20 days of protest rallies and a slew of press conferences reiterating allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party has chosen to do away with the monotony of political speeches and rhetoric. In the general gloom of cashlessness, the party has found a song that will see them through the next month of anti-demonetisation protest rallies and demonstrations. The party’s high-pitch orator, Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey, has scripted and sung what the party is calling its new anti-demonetisation anthem – ‘yeh line mein khada hai tu jo aajkal‘.
Yeh line mein khada hai tu jo aajkal,
kya sochta hai desh jaaega badal,
kisine din dahare loota hai sambhal,
desh prem ke naam par
(By standing in queues today, do you think you will bring change? Someone has looted you in broad daylight on the pretext of nationalism),” Pandey uses satire to crunch in the party’s standpoint on the issue. “…maaf woh huye jo saaf kar gaye, aam log line mein hi marr gaye, chhin gaya gareeb ka niwala hai, Modi mitron ka hi bol bala hai…”
Pandey croons in tune with the party’s allegations on ‘Modi’s aides being let off with loan waivers.’ “…Jinko
500 crore ka jugaad hai, humko dhai lakh bhi pahaad hai, marr rahe hain maa baap aur betiyan, ruk gayi gareeb ki kyun shaadiyan? Yeh aam aadmi kyun hai qataar mein, aur Modi ji ke dost five star mein, hai kyun mareez aspatalon mein lachaar, desh prem ke naam…”
AAP’s new anthem that received an overwhelming in-house response from its own party leaders and backroom boys, hopes to strike a chord with the ‘aam aadmi’ frustrated with the endless wait at drained out banks and ATMs. It hits out at the trolls equating impatience at the threshold of banks with anti-nationalism. It questions the Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal relaxation for weddings, brings up the reported loss of lives and livelihoods following the cash crunch and the allegations of Modi shielding his aides.
After its 2014 election anthem ‘Paanch Saal Kejriwal’ composed by music director Vishal Dadlani, this will be AAP’s next big attempt at communicating through a ditty. And this time, it is yet again, all in the name of nationalism.