In the current, sometimes contentious landscape across the world, it has become increasingly rare to witness political opponents be civil to one another. But for one night in Shillong, two men with different political ideologies proved that not only can political adversaries be friendly but they can come together to perform a thrilling rendition of an iconic number by The Beatles too.
In a news story that almost feels like fiction, (but there is a video to prove it!), the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma, and Dr Donkupar Roy, who is the leader of the opposition party, were joined on stage by Paul Lyndoh from the United Democratic Party (UDP), and Parliamentary Affairs minister Prestone Tynsong for a crowd-pleasing performance of All my Loving by The Beatles.
The four men were at the ceremony to celebrate the wedding of Sangma’s daughter when they decided to take to the stage. The video, which has been uploaded on Facebook, shows the four men having the time of their lives dancing and singing.
Given Shillong’s reputation as the “rock capital” of India, it should come as no surprise that its political leaders are fans of one of the greatest bands of all time. Or that Sangma, who fronted his own band during his college days, can hold a tune.
But it was the easy camaraderie established by the men that seems to have everyone applauding. The two men are leading by example and showing that just because two people disagree on certain issues, it doesn’t mean they can’t get along.
Or share a mutual love for The Beatles.
Only in Shillong! The chief minister, members of the cabinet and the leader of the opposition belting out a Beatles classic recently! Divided by politics, united by music. Here’s to the spirit of lovin’… to all you folks.
Posted by Santanu Saikia on Sunday, January 1, 2017