Posted by: cochinblogger | May 27, 2010

Indian Political Humor

When election fever approached its peak last year, I looked for a couple of books to read in order to get in the mood. I eventually found two. Both books are works of satire that lampoon Indian politicians mercilessly. The first book I read was Laugh Your Way to the Vote Bank by Pamela Phillipose, veteran Indian Express columnist (and fellow Keralite). The other was A Vote for Laughter by R. K. Laxman. The latter book, in addition to featuring cartoons by Laxman, also has a collection of jokes with the politician as the butt of ridicule. I’ll present a few jabs from these books that stuck in memory well after the reading was over.

From Pamela Philipose’s book:

1. Politicians of all stripes swear by their holy text: The Rigger’s Veda.

2. India keeps going round in circles is because of the shape of our parliament, which is circular.

From Laxman’s book:

1. Etymology of politics: poly (meaning “many”) + tics (meaning “blood-sucking parasites”).

2. If con is the opposite of pro, then what is the opposite of progress? (Note to non-Indians: This is a dig at the Congress party.)

3. Why are politicians proof of reincarnation? Because one just can’t get that screwed up in one lifetime.

4. An executive, passed over for promotion year after year, went to a brain surgeon in the hope of raising his IQ levels.
The surgeon laid out the price list for the operation: One gram of accountant’s brain cost Rs. 10,000; economist’s brain, Rs. 20,000; nuclear scientist’s brain, Rs. 45,000; and politician’s brain, Rs. 75,000. The executive was understandably mystified by the exorbitant price of the politician’s brain. This was the doctor’s explanation: “Look at the number of politicians we would have to kill for a gram of brain.”

5. Doctors from four nations are discussing the progress made in medicine in their nation.

Indian doctor: Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks.

German doctor: Is that all? We can take a lung out of one person, put it in another, and have him looking for work in four weeks.

Russian doctor: That’s nothing.In my country, medicine is so advanced that we can take half a heart out of one person, put it in another, and have them both looking for work in two weeks.

American doctor: You guys are way behind. We recently took a man with no brain from Texas, put him in the White House for four years, and now half the country is looking for work.

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