Hi, Himachal This Side. Yes We Exist.


Hi, Himachal This Side. Yes We Exist.

Illustration: Akshita Monga


imachal Pradesh. Land of the mighty Himalayas. Top of mind for anyone looking to be high above the dratted, dusty, hot plains or simply high. But during this election, Himachal Pradesh got a taste of what it is like to be the North East of India as Gujarat hogged all the attention. As the two siblings fought for their parents’ attention, there seemed to be clear favouritism as to who was going to get the ice cream.

For starters, let’s blame the national media. News channels ignored the trends in Himachal Pradesh as if they were floods in Assam. It received side mentions every now and then similar to the small roles Jimmy Shergill gets in Bollywood. The only time Himachal gets the spotlight these days is when Kangana Ranaut makes the news for any reason, so people with access to Wikipedia can tell us she is from Himachal, for the millionth time. Or when your Facebook friends start tagging you in beautiful pictures of snow-clad mountains with “Let’s go!!!”, in plans that will never materialise.