Around the Web

Watch: Aisi Taisi Democracy makes a critical statement in song against distorting Indian history

‘Hum history se khelenge, hum history ki le lenge.’

Play

There’s a concerted attempt in India to re-tell history so that it fits in with the ideological narrative of the ruling dispensation. Defeats have become victories, achievers have been appropriated, and a mythical past is being invoked as a reality.

Enter the music-comedy-political satire group, Aisi Taisi Democracy. Performed by Indian Ocean star Rahul Ram, The History Song takes swipes at these distortions of history, using the tools of sharp lyrics and melody. From the BJP’s extolling Congress leader Vallabhbhai Patel, through the Rajasthan government’s rewriting the outcome of the Battle of Haldighati, to the on-going debate over Padmavati, nothing is left out.

Screenwriter Varun Grover, who forms one-third of the trio and has written the lyrics for The History Song – along with Sanjay Rajoura – believes that our core nature as conformists is a threat to our democracy at large. “We don’t question anything that people in authority serve to us, including demonetisation,” Grover told Scroll.in. “The ill-effects as a result of lack of education and employment also contributes to a weak democracy,” he said, adding that people become vulnerable to manipulation to serve someone else’s agenda.

“The song will provide catharsis to many people who feel the same way but are not saying it either because they don’t have a mic or the numbers or the expression,” he said, admitting that he doesn’t expect the song to melt the heart of anyone who believes otherwise. “We just have to keep repeating the truth so that it becomes powerful, and so that more and more people are forced to listen, even if it creates just a small dent,” he explained.

“The numbers (of views and shares) somehow give strength to people in times where they might feel cornered, Grover said, contending that even though it might not change anything on the ground, it still documents the dissent against the majoritarian view.

Watch more of their politically-charged music of Aisi Taisi Democracy below:

Play
Play
Play
We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

A phone so stunning that it deserves its own photoshoot

Presenting the Moto X4, crafted to perfection.

Precision-crafted glass and metal design, an anodised aluminium frame, easy to hold and featuring beautiful contours, the Moto X4 is crafted to perfection indeed.

With the distinctive placement of the rear cameras, this phone makes a great subject for a photographic series.

Gaurav Sawn Photography
Gaurav Sawn Photography

The light reveals the fluidity of its body; curves that fit perfectly in the contours of a palm.

Gaurav Sawn Photography
Gaurav Sawn Photography

Reclining on a bed of satin, the glass-encased phone blends into the folds of the luxurious fabric.

The slimness, seamlessness and solidity of the phone make for a great profile shot.

A stunning design which is IP68 rated water-resistant too, it is as beautiful as it is strong.

We partnered with photographer Gaurav Sawn to create this series. Says Gaurav, “The glass sandwich design looks extremely good and the reflections on the back panel make the phone stand out. This is a phone that is best used without a case. The curved corners were also very comfortable to hold. All in all, really enjoyed shooting this phone!”

While this phone is elegant and crafted to perfection, it is also extremely tough, being protected from scratches with Corning® Gorilla® Glass that stretches all the way around.

You don’t need to sacrifice of performance either. It’s packed with a 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 processor and comes with a TurboPower™ Charger which means hours of power in minutes!

For the music lover, this phone is a boon. With simultaneous connectivity of up to four Bluetooth® audio devices at the same time, you can build your own stereo system without worrying about cables.

The dual rear cameras – a 12MP that lets you focus faster and get great results even on dark, cloudy days, and an 8 MP camera, with wide angle lens makes your most ambitious photos look all the more impressive.

To get your hands on the Moto X4, and experience perfection, click here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Motorola and not by the Scroll editorial team.