‘I got to take a break from it all,’ being the song’s refrain, Jagger added, ‘Thanks India. Got away from it all here!’ A day later, Modi, underlining his taste in all kinds of music, peppered his message with two Stones classics: ”You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, but India is a land brimming with seekers, offering solace and ‘Satisfaction’ to all. Delighted to know you found joy among the people and culture here. Do keep coming….’ Noice!
Heads of government in sync with pop music has been a way of showcasing street cred. While Bill Clinton and Tony Blair went one step up by playing music – the former saxophone, the latter bass guitar – Modi’s nod to the Stones’ frontman lends him an extra G20 vibe. Perhaps the next Mann ki Baat will be a Top 20 Stones songs show, starting with the frantic classic ‘Street Fighting Man’.