Years ago, India ranked # 1 on the list of corrupt nations in the world, and today it is not. Despite the economic, social, cultural frictions we have, we are inherently a pluralistic democracy.
The General Elections are going to be held from April 7 through May 12, 2014,
and we have several regional and national parties competing for the 543
Parliament seats. There are two major alliances of
regional parties; NDA - National Democratic Alliance with BJP as its anchor,
and UPA- United Progressive Alliance with Congress as its
anchor. There is a third front is emerging with regional parties and AAP. It
takes 272 Members to form a government. Currently Congress holds 228 seats and
BJP 137, all of this is likely to turn upside down.
Arvind Kejriwal leads a brand new Party called AAP -Aam Aadmi Party,
and his party will be competing with two well organized established
parties – Narendra Modi leads the BJP – Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian
version Republicans) and Rahul Gandhi heads the INC- Indian National
Congress (Democrat equivalent).
You may differ, but my personal
choice is for no party to win the majority. A coalition government
would be much better, as it compels them to be watching each other,
decisions will be made by issue and not party line. It will also lend to
greater debates on the issues. Unlike the US, if the coalition
government does not perform, it can be brought down with a no confidence
Arvind Kejriwal – no experience in governance, nor does
he have an established system to carry the Party – the AAP; Aam Aadmi
Party – common man’s party. But he is good for India. He wants to run a
clean corruption free government. My worry is simply this –what if he is
killed by the same party that killed Mahatma Gandhi, does he have an
established system to carry the party forward without him? Is the
manifesto written up?
Arvind is a good guy – at least corruption
will be checked, but we need to make sure, he has systems in place to
carry the business of governance.
The man leading the BJP plank
is Narendra Modi, who needs lessons in history, biology, math and
society, he is making blunders upon blunders. His popularity sounds
like Ted Cruz's but not sure if it is managed or real. He is not an
inclusive man and does not seem to believe in freedom. His state is one
of the few where Christians, Dalits and Muslims are harassed, people do
not have the freedom to choose their faith.
In the last two
months he has worn over 25 different style hats in every town he visits,
but refused to wear a hat given by Muslims – Under his watch nearly
1200 people were massacred while he did not stop the mayhem, 20,000
People are still living in wretched camps displaced by the massacres. To
this day, he has not expressed remorse or regret for the deaths, just
like George Bush has not done it yet. He promises prosperity and
development, and is compared to Hitler, who promised and delivered
prosperity to Germans at the cost of Jews and others, at the end nothing
survived. If he does not care for social structure, all that
development will not be sustainable.
Rahul Gandhi on the
other hand represents the INC – it appears that he does not want to
fight to win, nor does he have the experience. The only thing going for
him is the party machinery which is well established. He lacks
experience and does not have guts to run the largest government in the
Again, no one should be given a free hand, let there be a
coalition government, let them learn to work with each other and
deliver prosperity without hurting the social structure. A cohesive
India is the way to go, a prosperous India without cohesiveness is
doomed, the disparities may give birth to communism - to rip from the
over night rich to give it to the depressed ones.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a
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