Saturday, April 17, 2010

How many roads will he travel?

Kabir Suman, poet, singer and one-man band (but without a guitar in hand), was walking towards Parliament, preparing to sign the papers that would make him a representative of the people in the Lok Sabha.

A historic moment. Some journalists walked with him to share it. “This is the first time you are entering Parliament. How do you feel?” one of them asked him. Kabir stopped, looked at the Parliament building and then looked at the reporter. “Shotti kotha bolbo?(Shall I tell you the truth?)” he asked, and said, “I’m already bored ... so bored.”

When Suman sent a text message to Trinamool Congress chief Sudip Bandyopadhyay last week, announcing his resignation from the party and the Jadavpur constituency of the Lok Sabha, no one was really surprised. At a musical performance at the India International Centre, Delhi, some months ago, Suman had announced he would never contest an election again. Most wonder why it didn’t happen sooner.

Full report here Business Standard

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