Creativity, Imagination & Elections


Creativity, Imagination & Elections

Swapnil Bharali | November 01, 2020 18:52 hrs

A little creativity and imagination in every sphere – more so in election campaigns – would go a long way in us having something worthwhile to talk about.  

For example, the 2019 election pitch of the Congress - “Chowkidar Chor Hain” - was so pathetically unimaginative (I mean how on earth does a Rahul Gandhi put a corruption slur on PM Modi?) that we, armchair election pundits, could only marvel at the lack of imagination of it all, besides the lack of grace.

These days, two adages come to the mind: “Some people never change,” and “History repeats itself.” When the election poll plank of the current dispensation is clearly its developmental work and not people’s religious sentiments or identity issues (read the CAA card), a little more creativity by the opposition and the pretenders to the throne would have made things more interesting over the coffee table and retweetable over social media. The tweets of certain pretentious leaders are cases in point. They are nothing but tweet-bashing Himanta Biswa Sarma reviving memories of the rather forgettable “Chowkidar Chor Hain” diatribe. Being unduly critical of the state’s most popular and hardworking leader who has delivered work all through his last tenure is no way to win an election; it just reflects total lack of imagination of these leaders and they should understand that such campaigns do not make them vote-worthy.

Elsewhere, on the students’ front, uncertainty and lack of imagination continue to prevail. The much vaunted ‘Adhibexon’ still seems far away even as the AASU is seemingly stuttering with a possible change of leadership – an unimaginatively unwarranted situation especially at the cusp of this election. 

The controversy of the week has of course been Congress MLA Sherman Ali’s demand for the incorporation of a ‘Miya’ Museum within the precincts of the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra which faced a grand rebuttal by the ruling BJP on Twitter. Resultantly, with the “secular” face of the Congress Party standing exposed, the issue boomeranged potentially damaging its election prospects and would now need a massive damage control exercise even as it unwittingly handed a delicate issue on a platter for the BJP to exploit.

The electoral battle to defeat the BJP would require much greater imagination and creativity than just tweets and adhibexons that is currently the case. Beyond this, the voter needs to be motivated to vote for a change and merely making them excited is not the solution. Some people need to change, else history will keep repeating!

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