For the first time I voted, but this was not the first time I was an eligible voter. It’s just that, I was not much enthusiastic to vote previously in 2009, given the kind of candidates and expected incumbency. The much hyped candidates, worst performance by the incumbent government, and the desire to see a change in the society drew almost everyone to the polling booths to get their fingers inked.
Elections in India to the most extent are carried without any glitches; thanks to The Election Commission of India. Hardly would you have to wait in a queue for more than half an hour to cast your vote. Yes, there are few places where it’s a bit untrue, but such cases are negligible and for sure will be extinct in the near future. And when the number of voters are almost 850 million you can hardly blame the organizers. Overall, the show went well.
Indian elections or Indian politics has always been dominated by caste and religion and many other discriminating factors. Every now and then politicians are found to do something that benefits a certain community which in turn helps them to win a few votes. So, it is not a big surprise when a minister visits a riot struck area and draws some communal conclusion. Bloody vote bank politics. It has been a big thorn in the path of economic development.
This election the main focus was on the key candidates of three parties: BJP, Congress and AAP. Congress’ candidate Rahul Gandhi was a big flop. Many considered him as benefited from dynasty politics. AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal is a IIT (one of the prestigious engineering institutes in the world) graduate, a top class former civil service officer and more importantly had been the chief minister of Delhi. He let his government fall due to few disputes. Then there is this big daddy of all BJP’s candidate Narendra Modi (moniker NaMo). Like the other two even Modi has skeletons hidden in his closet. He was the chief minister of Gujarat state when the very infamous riots took place which killed thousands of people belonging to Muslim community. Apart from that BJP is internally controlled by RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) which is a Hindu fanatic group. As a result, he is labelled as communal and killer of secularism.
The difference between NaMo and the other two is the use of social media by the NaMo team. The online media was overflowing with his “ads” and slogans. Even the BJP was using his name to promote the party. Look at this, “Abki Baar Modi Sarkar” (Hindi slogan meaning “This time Modi’s Government”). So, it is not BJP’s government but, Modi’s. Why Modi is such a darling? The extensive use of media.
Indians were so disappointed by the current government that everyone wanted something new. There already had been a hundreds of scams during the Congress tenure. And who can forget the brutal Delhi gang rape? All this sidelined Congress. Even a slight hope of development was enough for us to go running behind Modi. He has played a major in Gujarat’s development during his past three terms as Chief Minister of Gujarat state.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is a loud mouth. He is a honest person, no doubt but, is he a good leader? Big doubt. He could not run the Delhi state government and let it fall within 49 days. Another big problem with Mr. Kejriwal is, he was trying to sell that does not exist whereas Modi is trying to sell what he has got. Everyone is already frustrated with false promises. AAP is sidelined here.
Apart from that Modi did a massive job of campaigning and promoting the party policies. But, he won a lot because of other’s mistakes and employing correct tactics at the right time. He is a good “manager” and is riding high. A democracy of 1.25 billion has given a chance to a person in whom we believed. He did well during the elections, now is the time to perform.
As Winston Churchill has said, “In a democracy, the common man, who goes to the poll at the appropriate time and casts his vote to elect a candidate of his choice to the parliament, is the foundation of democracy”. With respect to this Indian politics has come a long way and it’s worth appreciating. But, is the job done? No, not a bit; it will always be a work in progress. Now, the ball is in the elected candidates’ court. Let’s see. The only thing, it should not go down the path of hatred or communalism or tyranny.