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P.A. Sangma

Tribal or not, I am a slick politician who knows how to move at the right time...

P.A. Sangma
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P.A. Sangma
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Being the representative of poor, exploited tribals of India, I had to make use of this tree bark for my secret diary. Indian tribals are so ignorant they don’t even know how to maintain a look. In my case, I am sure the average tribal does not look or dress as I do. To remedy this ignorance on my part, I watched movies like Ae Gulistan Hamara which, along with Dev Anand, featured several tribals. Devsaab was at his immaculate best, pink trousers, green shirt with huge collars, maroon waistcoat, blue belt, grey shoes with pink socks, orange hat and violet scarf tied around his neck. Of course, no tribal would dress like this, he would scare away the animals in the forest. The tribals, be it this film or others like Madhumati, are shown in weird, brief costumes holding all sorts of weapons and taking part in rituals. Of course, for presidential poll purposes, I had to portray myself as a typical tribal but I know I am totally different.

Tribal or not, I am a slick politician who knows how to move at the right time....

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