When we think of Indian politics, we think BJP versus Congress, DMK versus AIADMK, BSP versus SP, TMC versus CPM – the list goes on. The rivalry can get harsh with politicians taking personal digs at each other and social media going crazy. You may see them exchange pleasantries during formal ceremonies, but not sing and dance together.
That is unless you’re in Shillong.
A two-minute video of Meghalaya’s Chief Minister Mukul Sangma; leader of the opposition, Dr Donkupar Roy; and Paul Lyngdoh, the United Democratic Party’s working president, singing and grooving to The Beatles’ classic ‘All My Loving’ has gone viral. According to The Shillong Times, the leaders with their infectious energy got together at Sangma’s daughter’s wedding.
A video shared by Santanu Saikia, who was at the wedding, had the caption “Only in Shillong” with the politicians dancing. The video, which was shared on Monday night, has been shared over 3,700 times since it went up. People have even lauded the ministers saying, “Divided by politics, united by The Beatles.”
One thing is for certain: despite having different political ideologies, music definitely brings people together. We wish this could be seen in other parts of India.