A Little Bird Told Me
The assembly elections in Punjab were covered breathlessly in local and national media, with pages and pages of newsprint devoted to analysis of why the Aam Aadmi Party, or the Congress with the Captain at the helm, would win. Or, and this required particularly convoluted reasons, why the Akali Dal might return to power for a third successive term. Running out of people to ask for comment, one inspired newspaper in Chandigarh turned to a fortunetelling parrot. The parrot, the newspaper’s editor pointed out, “is a non-Punjabi from Shimla” and so cannot be accused of bias. For the record, it picked Captain Amarinder Singh to be the next CM and the Congress to win 60 seats. Next time, why bother with pollsters?