The Indian Voter’s Predicament

The Indian voter is selfish. Very selfish in fact. The voter in the village jumps at the promise of free power. The day labourer is willing to trade his vote for a bottle of whisky. Even in day-to-day life, take the case of the urban office-goer who is delighted to get a discount on his bus ride by letting the conductor pocket the ticket money. Does he complain about corruption? Of course he does, when it inconveniences him. But when paying a bribe gives him returns many times bigger than the bribe itself, he says it’s just an integral part of being Indian.

So where is the AAP’s anti-corruption pitch leading to? Is this about reforming the government or reforming the society? Arvind Kejriwal has always shown keenness to conduct opinion polls to link his decisions to what the people want. He should probably also conduct a nationwide poll to find out how many people actually want to see India as a corruption-free nation.

Leaving scepticism aside and taking the cause more seriously, the voter now faces a dilemma as to who to vote. We’re talking here of ‘smart’ voters or the ‘twitter generation’, who seem to know their facts and are keen to debate their thoughts on social media and be part of shaping the mandate.

None of them is even talking about Congess after their young leader lost it on national television. But for the emergence of AAP, Narendra Modi would have scaled the peak effortlessly, thanks to 10 years of high profile scams. While Modi projects himself as ‘the one who will save India from rotting’, newcomer Kejriwal is quick in convincing the masses and corporates that Modi is simply lying about all his achievements in Gujarat. To be fair to Kejriwal, let’s say everyone believes he’s right and Modi is a liar, then will the voters choose to elect AAP?

They are clearly unable to decide. They are over-educated with facts. The equations (except for the last one) are simply not getting balanced.

Vote for Modi = History of AB Vajpayee’s glory + Claims of Gujarat’s development (really?) + Prime minister who can give great speeches (or simply Prime minister who can speak)2002 riotsScared Muslimsprospective MLAs facing criminal charges 

Vote for Kejriwal = Honesty + Hope for corruption free IndiaLack of numbers to win electionFear of hung parliament due to split of BJP votes Likelihood of economy tanking as a result of hung parliament

Vote for Gandhi = Why?

To simplify the definition of this crisis, India is faced with a situation where sacrifices have to be made. There is no escape from sacrifice, so India must choose between:

1. Sacrificing stability for honesty: Vote for AAP and prevent both BJP and AAP from getting a majority. AAP is unlikely to get a majority in Lok Sabha anyway as they are contesting in a little over 300 constituencies. Biggest loser will be jobs and economy unless NDA forms a government. Gain can be expected only in 2019 unless there is a re-election mid-way.

2. Sacrificing honesty for economy: Elect Narendra Modi. Corruption is not going to be as bad as in UPA 2, but it will continue to affect the common man in some measure. Containment of inflation will happen to some extent. Economy will be stable. Freedom of expression might come under attack. In simple words, we might become a little like China.

Now, please exercise your right to sacrifice.

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A barrage of thoughts

There’s so much to say and I want to say it all at once. It’s happened to me like a thousand times until now. I am not very skilled at speaking. Conflicting thoughts kill the conviction in my voice. I’ve wanted to write, but again, I get lost in thoughts. But I do know that if I give thinking a break and give doing a chance, there might be some hope. None of this is making sense at the moment, and so this first post is also my first step in bringing sense back into my life.I do not know at this point if I want the world to read all this, or is this something I want to do for myself. I’d not worry about it now. Why think and waste time. For the first time, procrastination seems like a good idea.

So to get started, my topics can be extremely wide-ranging. It’s all one big experiment. Anything and everything that I think about can figure here. I will certainly write about the ups and downs in my life, personal life and work life. And what else? A lot… trains, astrology, jazz music, smartphones, probably even religion!

Music is a very important part of my life. Yet, it is also the subject which I have ignored the most in my life, despite how much I value it. As a child I wanted to grow up to be a singer. The dream faded away and comes back once in a while as an adult life fantasy. ‘The theory of everything’ is a song that I stumbled upon on YouTube, and can’t forget easily. Elegantly inspirational. Leslie Mills contributed lyrics to a Yanni composition, in an experiment titled ‘Voices’ of which this is one of the beautiful outcomes.

 

I am hoping for this inspiration to last long enough that I end up finding my dream, and if possible, help others in finding theirs. The content is on-line, so it’s very possible that a few others will join me along the way and everyone is welcome.