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Jhadoo wins Dilli’s political sweepstakes

Brooms of all sorts have a long history of kicking up dust storms.

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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2020, 08.53 AM IST
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Such artful analogies may or may not have lent motivational mojo to the Capital’s electorate, but vote-ever the reason, Kejri’s jhadoo has won the stamp of AAProval at the hustings.
Such artful analogies may or may not have lent motivational mojo to the Capital’s electorate, but vote-ever the reason, Kejri’s jhadoo has won the stamp of AAProval at the hustings.
To what extent did Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) election symbol, the jhadoo, help it make an almost clean sweep in the Delhi polls? Be it never so humble, the jhadoo, the subcontinental cousin of the western broomstick, or besom, represents well-ordered, dust-free domesticity. Sceptics may scoff that, unlike the more up-to-date vacuum cleaner, the jhadoo doesn’t remove dust but reallocates it, but such negativity is easily countered by the desi broom’s economical, electricity-free eco-friendliness.

When occasion demands, it has also been known to do double duty as an instrument of corporal chastisement meted out by irate womenfolk to errant males to set them back on the straight and narrow path of abstemious sobriety.

Brooms have made their literary mark as well, and long before Harry Potter established them as a wizardly form of transportation, Swift penned a satirical ‘Meditation’ in which he likened archetypal Man to a Broomstick that “sets out to be a universal Reformer and Corrector of Abuse, a Remover of Grievances… bringing hidden Corruptions to the Light, and raises a mighty Dust”.

Such artful analogies may or may not have lent motivational mojo to the Capital’s electorate, but vote-ever the reason, Kejri’s jhadoo has won the stamp of AAProval at the hustings.
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