Dates for general elections for the largest Democracy in the world have been announced. The entire world wonders and appreciates the deep-rooted democratic genes in India. Every five years majority quietly takes over from the minority…
Various agencies get into election mode, some want be seen on the TV, others want be read and another class is happy converting election a drawing room discussion.
Elections in India are a boost to the economy. Few thousand crores are spent( color of currency is not important) Manufacturers of .Posters,caps,etc get busy. Hoardings, be it regular or unauthorized get painted. ,Caterers get busy for the rallies .,Anyone who is in the related business is busy and happy.Perhaps,liquer vendors are the happiest lot.
In the current recession, it is God sent opportunity.
However, what must come to any sensible person’s mind in India is……….Is democracy only a game of numbers? Or is it representing the voters as per their verdict.
This is a question both the principle parties, Congress and BJP must ask themselves..
It is more than a decade that any party came to power at the centre with working majority, ,thus resulting into a situation where the coalition leading party has had to compromise on issues, ideology and to some extent taken unpopular decisions. Junior partners have, in some cases, arm twisted the coalition into taking certain decisions which have been politically right for them and their party, but the voters have felt let down and cheated.
What is it all about?
Is it about people or power by numbers?
Is it about democratic values?
Is it about governance?
What are the issues ?
For the aam aadmi, issues are those of SECURITY,
Govt can go on declaring inflation figures in percentage (no one understands those numbers) but for aam aadmi MEHNGAI is an issue.
In a recent TV interview M. J Akbar was right when he said about lighting candles.
There are people who light candles and ensure the TV cameras are present.
Then there are those who burn candles at night as they have no electricity.
For aam aadmi issue is BIJLI, SARAK and PAANI.
Issue with the likes of IIMs is that they are no longer being offered a salary of Rs 1 cr/yr
Issue with most of the educated youth is UNEMPLOYMENT.
For about 70 cr Indians......
Sensex fluctuation is not an issue.
Gold price fluctuation is not an issue
High rate of interest on home loan is an issue.
In 62 yrs ,we have not been able to provide the very basics to the common man except a bunch of well protected VIPs, and of course all the promises they never fulfilled.
Most likely, even these election results will throw up a situation where a coalition Govt will be formed ..In such an event, both the principle parties must refuse to form a coalition and if required let the country go back to polls.
Let no one be emotional by saying that country will have to spend few thousand crores again .If it so, so be it.
Country can afford those many crores for good governance.
People now want a Govt which can deliver.
There will be an additional over 4 crore voters in 2009 compared to 2004.
We are a nation of multi culture society, and the youth have a different vision of future of India.
Let us vote for a Govt who has sincere will to Govern and does’nt treat the common man as a subject and themselves as masters.
let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW
B K Chowla