A Lit­tle Bird Told Me

India Today - - UPFRONT -

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?

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