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May 022009
 



Catchy campaign slogans have been a staple of the Indian election scene for several decades.

Let’s take a look at some of the notable ones over the years. (It’s important to keep in mind that the slogans lose their punch when translated into English):

* Jana Sangh ko vote do, bidi peena chod do; Bidi mein tambaku hai, Congresswala daku hai (Vote for Jan Sangh, stop smoking and drinking; Bidi has tobacco, Congressmen are dacoits) – Jan Sangh

* Indira Hatao (Drive out Indira) – Congress (O)

* Wo kehte hain Indira Hatao, hum kehte hain Garibi Hatao (Abolish Poverty) – Congress (R)

* Kushal Neta, Nirnayak Sarkaar (Able Leader, Decisive Government) – BJP

* UP hui hamari hai, ab dilli ki bari hai; Bharat ki majboori hai, behen Mayawati zaroori hai (Now that UP is ours, it is Delhi’s turn; India needs Mayawati) – BSP

* Congress ka hath, aam aadmi ke sath (Congress is with the common man) – Congress

* Jai Ho – Congress

  One Response to “Popular Indian Campaign Slogans”

  1. umm, hey, you ever tried writing a book? Or, maybe I could rephrase it. How come you never tried writing a book?! Yours is the only blog I read with as much enthusiasm as I write mine :)

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Book, no.

    We promised several months ago to write a short story…started on it and then put it aside. We hope to move on it quickly now.

    Will have an Indian-setting…and will try for an O.Henry-esque ending.