Aizawl: Apart from festivals and the calm winters, the best time to visit Mizoram is during the elections when the atmosphere in the entire state turns electric. Gospels and party anthems vie for space along with political comments and poll rhetoric. The unique style of poll campaigning gives one the feel of a music festival.
Unlike manifesto release functions or rallies in other states that are attended mostly by the media and party supporters, poll campaigning in Mizoram is more about music. Singers are a common sight, as much as the party leaders, during public meetings here.
For instance, during Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s rally at the Mizoram Armed Police parade ground at Mualpui on the outskirts of Aizawl recently, the party’s state anthem was repeatedly played before his arrival as the supporters waved flags and danced to the rhythm of the music.
A similar picture was seen during Meghalaya chief minister and National People’s Party president Conrad K Sangma’s vist to Kolasib and Vairengte districts of the state as well as during the rallies of Union home minister Rajnath Singh at Siaha, Mamit and Chwangte.
Apart from the electric atmosphere infused by songs, mostly gospels, in between speeches by leaders, two other striking features mark Mizo society — punctuality and discipline. This is further bolstered by the fact that there is hardly any presence of security personnel, except for PM Narendra Modi’s recent rally in Lunglei and his visit to the Aijal Club in the capital city.