A new day
India is celebrating.
No..not just the Congress Supporters though they too have every right to. But also the aam aadmi .The Aam Indian is celebrating in the streets .
Why? One might ask.
The Congress supporters I know are very baffled at this scene and rightly so .
I mean a nation or atleast a vocal minority/majority that has been busy dissing the Congress is now happy that the Congress won?
Ah! But that is where the difference lies my friends.
One is celebrating not a victory of the Congress, the party per se , but the fact that finally ..finally we have a political party that has won comfortably .It also helps that this party seems to have hands that are safe. One is celebrating the fact that thank god!no more elections in the middle of what was supposed to be a full term.Thank god no more fractured mandates.
No more relying on two bit parties that seemed to have sprung up for one purpose and one purpose only.
No more giving in to blackmail of the most vile kind.
No more half hearted attempts to ‘woo’ some ammas and Uncles.
One is tempted to kiss the ground in sheer gratitude. And who knows how many have done it already?
The Congress. The big C. Or atleast the Big C in India for sure.
Questions are being asked at various forums. Sarcastic questions one might add.
So, never thought the Congress might win did you?
Where is dynastic politics now haan?
Now Rahul is also looking good huh?
MORE questions to be found here
The point is that this verdict does not allay my fears founded or unfounded.
Only a fool would bury his/her head in the sand and pretend that we do not have dynastic politics in this country.
Only a fool would shake his/her head and say that India and Indians do not suffer from a mentality that is servile to say the least.
Happiness is understandable, gloating leaves a sour taste in the mouth . (hint hint nudge nudge err a link above with all the questions in place)
Because it perches itself on some high ledge of superiority and watches others with disdain.
It has this invisible and unspoken but very much present divide of ‘us’ versus ‘them’
‘Us’ being the Congress supporters of course.
That in my opinion (humble or otherwise ) is dangerous.
You know why?
Because this is the time to wonder if this means that saffron parties will turn into worse hardliners.
Because this is the time to not let the Congress rest comfortably as if everything has suddenly turned hunky dory.
Breathe down their neck dammit!
Try to take a peek or two from behind their shoulders to see what they are up to next.
Because that is the only way you will get any answers, any accountability.
Read Kanagu’s post here . He has written brilliantly and quite simply about what exactly has happened.
A few lines..
Programmer BJP will be scratching their head as their campaign to get the maximum files went well but it seems to be Indian people anti-virus software (anti-virus – because they have to stop the malfunctioning and protect the system India) didn’t allowed them as their basic software file supports the Ram temple 1.0 furiously and Hinduism file which doesn’t goes well with the India’s basic and evergreen file secularism 61.0. People anti-virus software has thought that nepotism 3.0 is better suited for this system than the religious fanatics. Even though it know that both were harmful to a democratic system, it has to choose between the two as something must run the system India else it will harm the anti-virus itself by not allowing it to function.
(true?)One sure hopes so.
What am I happy about?
A party has achieved a near majority.
So no more blackmail.
No more giving in to stupid demands.
No more night mares that Mayawati Aunty might become the PM.
The Left has been wiped out(?) One sure hopes so.
This election is also an indicator that the era of votebank politics as we have known it is over. Parties that placed undue confidence in the fact that they had secure vote-bases amongst particular political groups have been given a severe blow.
Words from a comment of mine on a friend’s post.
A government that is not held to ransom by petty people and their interest ,
A government that is stable,
A government that will hopefully do a better job than it did last time…
A government which will kick arse when it is required instead of worrying about ‘votebank politics’,
A government that will say enough is enough! and deal with the goondas with a FIRM hand be they of any religion(or atleast claim to be from xyz religion)
A government that will last a full term (amen!)
When these and more criterias are fulfilled one will see India win..India needs to be the winner…
Have the people of India chosen peace and tolerance?
Only time will tell..because the past 5 years also were about peace and tolerance and yet at times one felt totally bereft of hope…
Hope it works out better this time in the absence of pressure…
India will come out on top..that is what one is hoping for…Amen to that!
“Indian democracy is at a cusp. No vote bank in the country can be taken for granted,” says analyst Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
India has given a verdict for stability.
India has also rejected a hardliner face.
India has also very, very high expectations.
And that is to be kept in mind.
For, the expectations of a billion people are not a joking matter.
“The results give the government much more freedom of action than it could have hoped for,” said Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of the Centre for Policy Research.
“Not only because it no longer needs the support from communist allies, but even the opposition, the BJP, has been so diminished after this election that it gives the Congress room on the foreign policy front too,” he said.
But most importantly,
The 2009 verdict is one that moves India back to the centre .[link]
We had forgotten India in all the mayhem hadn’t we?
Too much talk of religion/ caste/region and what have you.
A party that has Advani as its face and Modi in its ranks. Thank you but no thank you.
Another that has dynastic politics running in its blood.
Okay if I have no other option.
The world is watching us. Now at this very moment.
But more importantly a billion plus Indians are watching too.
They are watching this new political stage with bright eyes. Eyes full of hope. Eyes that say deliver what you promised us please.
Don’t disappoint us Mr Singh.
PS:-And now on this high note, I will write the India post with a heart full of hope
PPS:-not my kind of result..I remain as anti-Congress as one can possibly get..as far as dynasty politics go that is…but yeah cheers for the decisive mandate!
Edited to add:- Just spoke to a friend who said this is a victory for secularism.
Please don’t say this is a victory for Secularism
That makes me laugh so hard
Its a victory for a political party. Not for some imagined and assumed bastion of secularism.
Edited to add (from one of the automatically generated posts below)
“”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”-Charles Dickens [link]