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May 17, 2009

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 supportersย  I know are very baffled at this scene ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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.

Hallelujah!

One is tempted to kiss the ground in sheer gratitude. And who knows how many have done it already? ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

The point is that this verdict does not allay my fears founded or unfounded.

My fears remain the same as do the doubts.

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 fromย  a mentality that is servile to say the least.

Happiness is understandable,ย  gloating leaves a sour taste in the mouth . (hint hint nudge nudge err a link aboveย  with all the questions in place) ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜€ ) 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,ย  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 โ€“ because they have to stop the malfunctioning and protect the system India) didnโ€™t allowed them as their basic software file supports the Ram temple 1.0 furiously and Hinduism file which doesnโ€™t goes well with the Indiaโ€™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.

The election was a setback for regional, caste-based parties and the communists who were once seen as indispensable for any coalition formation.

(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.

Strong decisions.

Clear decisions.

Stable governnment.

No more night mares that Mayawati Aunty might become the PM.

The Left has been wiped out(?) One sure hopes so. ๐Ÿ˜€

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 timeโ€ฆ
A government which will kick arse when it is required instead of worrying about โ€˜votebank politicsโ€™,
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 winnerโ€ฆ

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 hopeโ€ฆ

Hope it works out better this time in the absence of pressureโ€ฆ

India will come out on top..that is what one is hoping forโ€ฆAmen 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/ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜†

Please don’t say this is a victory for Secularism

That makes me laugh so hard ๐Ÿ˜€

Its a victory for a political party. Not for some imagined and assumed bastion of secularism.


Edited to add (from one of the automatically generatedย  posts below)

โ€œโ€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.โ€-Charles Dickens [link]


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  1. May 17, 2009 1:22 pm

    yup! At last we have sense in the country! and talking about dynasty , just see TN and you will know.. apparently 3 in the cabinet will be from the DMK family..but then again people have voted for stability , at least as they take care of themselves , they do something for the country as well … hope this turns out good ๐Ÿ™‚

    me- yeah Vishesh!Amen!hope India makes new beginning from this point onwards ๐Ÿ™‚ dynasty *sigh* too much of a sore topic with me ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. May 17, 2009 1:32 pm

    Well written…..my question is will the caste and religious based alliances come back to more relevance sooner or later?

    me- yes good question..one hopes that will not be the case..but surprises lie around evry corner in this country of ours..
    one hopes and can only hope that the next five years pass off peacefully and that any such fanaticism is nipped in the bud by the new govt…it now will be more free to do so..
    I suppose it can go either way…
    the caste based politics and religion/region based one as well might take a backseat but will never be completely out of the picture since that is their VERY identity…

    the hardliners might turn even more so..or might decide that toning down is the best way right now..one fervently hopes that it will be the latter…that the hardliners indeed decide that being moderate and becoming an all inclusive party is the way to go..

  3. May 17, 2009 1:59 pm

    Very well written Indyeah. We better breath down their necks and keep an eye on them!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well said.

    The element of surprise is what was most amazing Indyeah nobody thought (including me) that an average Indian understood what he wanted or needed to vote for!!

    For me this is the victory of the aam aadmi and Democracy. I feel proud that we have an electorate that knows what it wants, I am really proud to be an Indian in a Democratic India. We proved this in 1977, we have proved it in 2009 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Now let’s see what the next five years bring to us …
    me- Thanks IHM ๐Ÿ™‚ yep! any govt that has a comfortable majority seems way better than a hastily cobbled together coalition…
    77 was a lesson..hopefully this year will also serve as a lesson to many who need to learn it…
    Democracy is precisely this…hope the next five years will not make India regret :)t

    • May 17, 2009 10:09 pm

      Agree with IHM that, “this is the victory of the aam aadmi and Democracy. I feel proud that we have an electorate that knows what it wants, I am really proud to be an Indian in a Democratic India. We proved this in 1977, we have proved it in 2009 :)”.

  4. May 17, 2009 2:22 pm

    Abhilasha, nothing has changed fundamentally. All the “fun” will be back in the next assembly elections.

    The good thing is that the mandate is decisive. And better than that is that Dr Manmohan Singh is the PM. India is lucky on both counts.

    me- absolutely Vinod Sir…
    Democracy is a dicey thing at the best of times…but one line that kind of stuck in my mind from your post was…”Here’s a salute to the much maligned Indian voters”
    ๐Ÿ™‚
    That makes me hope..that finally whatever the reason may be for now..at least India has not seen a fractured mandate after a long long time…
    as you said India is lucky on both counts ๐Ÿ™‚
    A decisive mandate and Manmohan Singh.. one hopes Mr Singh will have more of a say than he had previously ๐Ÿ˜€

    like you I am apprehensive about the ‘elimination’ of caste based/religion/region based politics…I mean I hope so but has it actually happened? that would be living in a fool’s paradise wont it?

    these parties by their very nature are regional in nature…so it seemed inevitable that they would not emerge as very strong players on the national scene…
    The quotes by Pratap Bhanu Mehta have been given as an indicator of the mood among the country’s intelligentsia…is it true?only time will tell..like you have written..’fun’ in the assembly elections

    one hopes that people will vote for developmental issues rather than any other ..high hopes?

    that other kind of politics does not seem to be going anywhere any time soon..but one can at least hope that a gradual diminishing of such powers will start from this point on
    *I am confused with my own ramble now* ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. May 17, 2009 3:16 pm

    i agree with IHM on keeping a stern eye on them.

    this govt. has the benefit that they have all the policies and plans for future ready, they just need to start implementing them.

    may they prove to be a good choice for ‘Us’ INDIANS.
    me- yeah keeping an eye seems to be our responsibility ๐Ÿ˜€
    thats an imp point Oorja ..the fact that this govt already has five years behind it..so yes it wont have to start from scratch ๐Ÿ™‚
    hope this means the beginning of a new era ๐Ÿ™‚ crossing my fingers and hoping for the best:) not that I am a great fan of the Congress ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. May 17, 2009 3:49 pm

    I hope i am wrong but i Believe the euphoria would be short lived … hold on till the next election comes round the corner .. i guess maharastra is the next one .. you will see everything that is ugly is back

    me- the next few months themselves will say a lot…hope the next five years pass with a smile rather than give one the feeling of stretching on endlessly..
    Maharashtra..yes…the ugly face ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    I know.,.it will be back in full force..I am just hoping that developmental issues will gain importance and not divisive politics…
    will just have to wait and see wont we?

  7. May 17, 2009 3:58 pm

    I just hope the government does some good work.

    me- simple wish Reema
    but damn complex to carry out ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amen to your wish
    its every Indian’s wish ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. May 17, 2009 4:52 pm

    Interesting Indyeah . It is a relief but not that great . LJP , RJD and Left gone , that is great . I am writing a post , about what I think is troubling me after Congress’s victory . And why the BJP need to change , turn over a new leaf . And the bit about secularism is funny , “Victory for secularism indeed” . ๐Ÿ™‚

    p.s. Did you read the story I mailed you ?
    me- yeah its a relief great or not one has to see…only time will tell..I have never been a fan of the Congress..but evryone should have one chance at redemption na? ๐Ÿ˜€
    def looking forward to reading your post…
    yeah that vote for secularism was funny! ๐Ÿ˜€
    PS:-have rcvd your second mail ๐Ÿ™‚ reading it now:)will mail you in a moment

  9. May 17, 2009 5:02 pm

    I wonder if this will make congress complacent that the people r with them.. or would it somehow make them realize that they cant take this win for granted n live upto it

    I wonder if anytime soon a third front can be forged.. which neither has dynasty like congress nor hardliner like bjp and made up of leaders we can look upto.. for frankly neither in bjp nor in congress do i find anyone worth rooting for…
    me- yeah Winnie you said it!Will this make them complacent or work really hard?
    only time will tell ๐Ÿ™‚

    yeah two parties and neither somehow seems right ๐Ÿ™‚
    third front (without the namoonas one hopes ๐Ÿ˜€ )
    yeah get what you mean..no hardliners and no dynastic politics
    Winnie, a far fetched dream? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 18, 2009 1:10 pm

      Yes, winnie i too feel the same. will the congress get complacent? As indyeah siad, only time will tell.

      I would love to have a third front but not like the one which was formed in this elections. If there is to be a third front it has to be single party/ a coalition of 2 or at the max 3 parties. But it should not be like u take this i take this and we will create chaos. And there would be always be a fight among themselves.

      They should have a policy and ideals of their own and their motive should be not to defeat congress/BJP but to serve the people.
      May be i am hoping for too much.

      me- I am an optimist Mystery ๐Ÿ˜€ and yet I too feel that yep this is too huge a dream ๐Ÿ˜€
      I mean this kind of a party ?In India?
      How? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • May 18, 2009 6:28 pm

        We deserve such a party!
        me -yep we do!
        but will we ever get it?
        coz as they say A country gets the government its deserves…extend THAT quote to include political parties too and you will see what it is exactly that we deserve

  10. bmanty permalink
    May 17, 2009 5:53 pm

    prim n cliched post Indyeah..
    I hope That the govmt. does perform as per the expectations of 1 Billion. Hope The mandate is not taken for granted. Itz after a loong tym that we have voted for stability leaving aside the religion, cast and Sex prejudices. Hope our expectations are fulfilled….
    cheers
    me- Prim and cliched?
    ah! Translated to mean perhaps that anyone who doesn’t go into raptures over the Congress win? ๐Ÿ˜€
    politics is in the air..you were expecting angst? ๐Ÿ˜€

    You will have a long wait then friend ๐Ÿ™‚
    Never have been a fan of the Congress, never will be..as long as the Gandhi Khandaan continues to be a part of it…so Indyeah going overboard for a Congress win you wont be seeing anytime soon ๐Ÿ˜€
    but yeah will be happy for the result ๐Ÿ™‚ coz India will see some progress now ๐Ÿ™‚

    and *gasp!*hard to imagine the Congress without the Khandaan isnt it? ๐Ÿ˜€
    going with my assumption that you are a die hard Congress supporter coz only they are finding my post subdued..you wont believe how many comments I had to delete
    believe me it was damn hard to write this post coz a congress supporter I aint ๐Ÿ˜€
    Do read another post and hopefully that will give you a clue ๐Ÿ˜‰
    https://indyeahforever.wordpress.com/2009/04/08/127/

    will agree with you on ‘hope the mandate is not taken for granted’

    PS:-oh!and welcome here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. May 17, 2009 6:29 pm

    Supporters of BJP may not be happy with the out-come.
    What is good for the country is good for all.
    One was critical of Rahul,but he took the risk and has the credit.
    Goondas have been voted out.
    It will make Congress now work harder.
    It will make BJP take stock and reorient themselves.
    In all this ,we are the real gainers.

    me- Welcome here Sir ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree ..India and Indians are the real gainers ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hopefully both parties will do just this that you have written about ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. May 17, 2009 6:58 pm

    Ah. yes. I expected this post from u! ๐Ÿ˜›
    (See, I kind of know you a tad little bit now!!! :D)

    It’s a decent victory… let’s hope that something good will come out of these election results…
    I hope that the religious intolerance, intolerance to progress will be curbed…
    Statements like “No malls, no computers, no English” will not be heard…

    And no, its not really a victory for secularism…

    I will stick to IHM’s words – they are the lesser evils!
    (I think she had posted abt this sometime back. Please correct my words if they are incorrect)

    me- You do do you? ๐Ÿ˜€
    know me that is ๐Ÿ˜›
    *grudgingly admits that maybe Pixie does know a thing or two ๐Ÿ˜› *

    I hope so too Pixie..we so need some peace and stability in our country and def no political blackmailing the likes of which was evident in the last term…

    Lesser evil? ๐Ÿ˜€ yeah I do remember IHM’s words and that was one point I and IHM kinda disagreed on ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would say we have chosen one evil out of the two..
    will call them the lesser evil after they prove themselves ๐Ÿ˜€
    though yes Advani and Modi are not my idea of a political party

  13. May 17, 2009 7:24 pm

    All said and done, Congress worked (even if not upto the mark, as promised), but delivered (some) results. The Rural Employment Programme has been highly beneficial for the unemployed and it shows that Rahul Gandhi worked. India voted for younger people to be involved in the cabinet, not an 81 year old Advani. Like Vir Sanghvi said, the youngest face of BJP was Modi and for Congress it was the likes of RG, Sachin Pilot, Jotiraditya Scindia etc. This is what back-fired.
    me-I agree…some faces should have retired long back
    and yeah I like some of those young leaders that you have mentioned too ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am not sure if Rahul Gandhi ‘worked’ for the Rural Employment Scheme’ but to be honest I have very little knowledge about the working of this scheme..I am only aware of the bare outline ๐Ÿ™‚ but NREGA was a point that a real life close friend raised too and I dont think it is Rahul’s hard work at all ๐Ÿ™‚
    and yeah Advani is so not my idea of a PM

    All said and done, as you said, we have to breathe down their neck to see that they work!! But the question is WILL WE? i mean seeing the voter turn out in Mumbai and Delhi, i was disappointed. There was so much awareness and enthusiasm amongst everyone this time, but still the turn out was low. With the kind of campaigns and the likes, I expected a miracle!!!

    Well, to cut the long story short, lets just wait and watch!!
    me- absolutely! Saima!thats the main point..I hope that Congress as well as its euphoric supporters dont forget that this has to be kept in mind…as much as one would for any govt I suppose…yeah the turnout disappointed me too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    wait and watch it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. May 17, 2009 7:42 pm

    I know many BJP supporters who are happy that there will atleast be a stable government at the Centre…I’m ecstatic that the Left has been left out in the cold…I just hope Dr. Singh will now be able to get changes through which will be beneficial for the country…
    me- yep!that made me happy too:) to see that at the end of the day the supporters of any party BJP or any other were Indians at the end of the day ๐Ÿ™‚ and an Indian is damn happy with this decisive mandate today ๐Ÿ™‚
    yippee!Left is out for good! ๐Ÿ˜€
    makes me grin like a loon!if only they had played a constructive role!

    I think all politicians are the same and its not as if the Congress is pure but as IHM said – they are the lesser evils…

    me- ah!the evil issue! ๐Ÿ˜€
    lesser?only time will tell that ๐Ÿ™‚
    even sinners should get a second chance.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. May 17, 2009 8:11 pm

    Nice post – and great results na!
    Corinne
    me- thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ and yeah totally agree! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. May 17, 2009 8:30 pm

    As I have already said, “this is the best thing that can happen to a India out of this election”. But then again if congress thinks that its an acknowledgment for what they have done for the past 5 years then they are fools.… people to vote out the religious fanatics, have voted for them and they must work for the welfare of the people…

    me- yep Kanagu!have simply highlighted one point of yours that I share too ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am not happy with their last 5 year term… hope they will do the things rightly and appoints the right people for right position… not like Shivraj Patil as home minister..
    me- lol! yeah how can one forget the HM who seemed more concerned with his suits even in the most tragic of times.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Very well written post Indyeah ๐Ÿ™‚ good that you are back on track ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks for mentioning my post ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s a great acknowledgment for me.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    me- you are most welcome ๐Ÿ™‚
    your post was innovative and brilliant! so had to share it here ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. May 17, 2009 8:33 pm

    Nice post… ๐Ÿ˜€
    And very true…
    me- thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. May 17, 2009 9:16 pm

    Indyeah, you may want to kiss the earth, but you seem to be over the moon!
    me- that was a good one Sir! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. May 17, 2009 10:17 pm

    Yes, it is definitely a new day. I am firmly convinced that the Indian voter is very wise, even though a majority of them are illiterate and less informed. This surely is a victory for the aam aadmi and democracy and a thumbs down for parties that did not believe in ‘act regionally but think nationally’. Jai ho to the Indian voter and to India – an inclusive and liberal India, as envisaged in our Constitution.

    me- yes the Indian Voter has confused the best poll pundits time and time again (one would think they would have learnt their lesson by now :D)
    jai ho indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. May 17, 2009 10:29 pm

    good one INdyeah….. I loved this post…..

    I am eagerly waiting to see what Congress actually does now… when they are not tied down by the stupid Left… and especially since they have a good majority now……..

    I hope, that finally the country comes first now!!!!! and I am over the moon that the Left has lost a lot of power………. now atlkeast for 5 years, we will not have them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And I hope BJP moves away from Hindutva policy!!! they should realize the folly in it

    me- Thanks OG ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am really hoping that I become a die hard Congress supporter by the end of this term (even though it kills me to say this ๐Ÿ˜€ )
    and THAT will only happen if this government does things sensibly , wisely and maturely ๐Ÿ™‚ something that they are relatively , in fact almost completely free to do now (without various parties blackmailing them) ๐Ÿ˜€

    the LEft is stupid! ๐Ÿ˜€ yeah (one still needs them to provide some balance and an occasional laugh or two)and many more headaches one might add )
    ๐Ÿ˜€

    India does come first now! ๐Ÿ™‚ happy totally about that!
    BJP *sigh* they never seem to learn…

    one hopes they will use this time of five years to become a better opposition party and come up with some introspective thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

    • May 18, 2009 10:43 pm

      Yes indyeah……

      The BJP should move away from “Hindutva” ideology and think of “Indutva” now ๐Ÿ˜›
      me- that was a damn good one OG!
      in awe of your sharp brains now ๐Ÿ˜›
      but seriously it was ๐Ÿ˜€
      hope the BJP does learn or the next time it will be in an even sorrier state…

  21. May 18, 2009 1:05 am

    Indyeah – Just reached your post – but daughter is not letting me read it – Will be back – Loved what I read so far – agree to every word!!!

  22. May 18, 2009 1:41 am

    Abhi, I agree with everything you have said. I am delighted not because Congress has won but because it was a decisive verdict, leaving little room for opportunistic politics.
    Yes,Congress is bound to view it as a proof of their work in the last 5 yrs, I hope they dont get complacent.

    As for BJP, they have a lot to introspect and work on. I hope they work on being a constructive opposition.

    me-delighted not because Congress has won but because it was a decisive verdict, leaving little room for opportunistic politics.yep! thats it right there!the reason that I am happy too ๐Ÿ˜€
    but apparently the general perception is that the country is completely in the Congress camp *shudder*

    BJP really needs to let go of liabilities now…and yes as you said it so aptly..they should be a constructive opposition instead of opposing/blocking/creating a nuisance everything and anything just for the sake of opposing…

  23. May 18, 2009 6:29 am

    Am more happy that i wont have to see the carrots (karat), ammas (maya, jaya), chaddi gang members etc on TV for some time to come. Thank god for that.
    me- ๐Ÿ˜€ that was great! ๐Ÿ˜€
    seriously Liju ๐Ÿ˜€

    yep!
    THANK GOD !
    and that says it all!

  24. May 18, 2009 7:08 am

    Great Post. Me too no fan of Congress. They have messed up my home state of Jammu and Kashmir besides other things. But I am totally on you as far as a decisive mandate goes. It was absolutely needed.
    This is a chance for Congress to prove itself.There are few excuses now after such a win. And yes I am with Kislay on the fact that BJP needs to change and get real now. I pray for a good and strong opponent whoever it might be since there ought to be some checks and balances.
    Oh yes!! Win for secularism…is naive at it best.

    me- thanks Chrysalis ๐Ÿ™‚
    yeah just the thought of being a fan of the Congress makes me shudder ๐Ÿ˜€
    join the gang ๐Ÿ˜€
    see?Chrysalis?each person here one after the other is making it damn clear that what they are happy about is the decisive verdict(as you did too)and yet somehow the illusion persists that this happiness is for a Congress win ๐Ÿ˜€
    messed up your home state?
    psst Chrysalis dont say that infront of Congresswallahs
    they just might lynch you for saying that brutal truth


    I pray for a good and strong opponent whoever it might be since there ought to be some checks and balances.

    absolutely!that is so needed!
    BJP really needs to get cracking and throw out some faces that turn the Indian voters off!
    win for secularism ๐Ÿ˜†
    I had a good laugh over that one too ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. Quirky Indian permalink
    May 18, 2009 11:11 am

    Nice one, Indyeah. I read IHM’s post, and left the same comment there. That I have very mixed feelings. I am delighted that the Left is out, I am equally delighted that the SP, RJD and the LJP are also out. I am happy that we seem to have a stable government that will not be subject to the pressures of unpredictable and unscrupulous allies. But given my deep-seated mistrust of the Congress, I am sure youโ€™ll understand why I havenโ€™t brought out the champagne! I just hope the next five years will be better. Letโ€™s see.

    Quirky Indian

    me- ah! QI! you ARE like a breath of fresh air! ๐Ÿ˜€
    count me in as one who has very mixed feelings too
    the deep seated mistrust of the Congress resides here too QI!
    hence no bubbly here too ๐Ÿ˜€

    wait and watch it is! ๐Ÿ˜€

  26. May 18, 2009 12:59 pm

    Totally totally agree with you Indyeah.
    First things first. I generally do not like long posts and when i have to read i do it in installments. But this post of yours it dint allow me to take a break. It was like reading out what you felt deep inside your heart.
    me-thanks a lot Mystery ๐Ÿ™‚
    I am no fan of congress but yes i am happy that we will be having a stable government now.
    me- yeah ๐Ÿ˜€ totally get that ๐Ÿ™‚

    “What am I happy about?
    A party has achieved a near majority.
    So no more blackmail.
    No more giving in to stupid demands.
    Strong decisions.
    Clear decisions.
    Stable governnment.
    No more night mares that Mayawati Aunty might become the PM.”
    Wonderfully put.

    “And now on this high note, I will write the India post with a heart full of hope :)”
    Yes there is hope. Not just here but in every Indian’s heart.
    Once again, it was a very nice post Indyeah.

    me-thanks a lot for that affirmation ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. May 18, 2009 1:00 pm

    im not one to get sucked into politics…its a topic i generlalt like to avoid.. having said that i must also state that i m happy with the outcome of this election.. it proves to one and all that the indian public is not stupid..that it can be swayed on caste and religion issues for a short duration only..

    me- yes MAndira though I am not a Congress supporter, yet I am happy too ๐Ÿ˜€ the Indian public is smart for sure..

    .though 160+ seats went to the BJP as well…one cant discount that part of the Indian public na?
    They also voted…

    i have great hopes for Manmohan Singh…he is capable of a lot.. he needs is a sound support system and like minded polititian in the cabinet..and a free hand(sonia shud step back n let him do as he sees fit) and im sure he will delivery good results.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    me- ๐Ÿ˜€ yep!Sonia Aunty should really step back and let him work with a free hand
    I agree with you on his capabilities ๐Ÿ™‚
    hope he gets the freedom to do what he wants ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Happy Kitten permalink
    May 18, 2009 2:00 pm

    a balanced post….

    let us not celebrate as yet…if Congress has not learned from their mistakes, then all is in vain.

    me- thanks HK ๐Ÿ™‚
    thats the key!and the big question

    HAS THE CONGRESS LEARNT FROM ITS MISTAKES?
    only time will tell

  29. May 18, 2009 3:16 pm

    Great post, Abhi! I always love your enthusiasm!

    Stable government- that is of course welcome. No horse-trading- that is a relief for sure!

    The Prime Minister- somehow I don’t see him continuing in office for more than a couple of years. Dynasty rules!

    The people voted- yes, but I wish more of them had voted!
    me- Thanks Manju ๐Ÿ˜€ (((hugs))))
    lets cross our fingers and hope that things turn out right
    thats all we can do ๐Ÿ˜€
    dynasty? yep! it DOES rule ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. May 18, 2009 5:43 pm

    Wonderfully crafted, yes this is a new day and one that India must celebrate…
    me-Thanks Dhiren ๐Ÿ™‚
    yep!India IS celebrating ๐Ÿ˜€

    You know what

    Indian has rejected the communal parties, the hardliners, the hindutva bandwagon
    me- true..the majority of Indians have rejected it..and really after Advani as a prospective PMinisterial candidate what did they expect?
    India has rejected the dirty game players, they rejected the left, SP or BSP or LJP OR RJD coz they were only deal makers… !!
    me-yep! ๐Ÿ˜€ happy happy happy about this! ๐Ÿ˜€

    India had no other alternative but the congress !

    No it doesnt mean we have crossed over… this is not Obama winning.. but this will be a stable govt that will last 5 years and yes they will be able to make reforms… if they try and want… that is… and not face black mailing as you have said… !
    me- you said it all! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bask in the glory before reality makes you realize that actually nothing will change… but at the moment its time to be optimistic and leave the cynicism behind.. unfortunately i can’t… !
    me- ah! Dhiren drop the cynicism for a moment ๐Ÿ˜€ and celebrate and then we will sit and ponder together ..you and I ๐Ÿ˜€
    about what exactly will happen in these five years ๐Ÿ˜€

    btw “di — whats with rahul ?? he is a cute lil guy.. ! tat he is a gandhi is not his fault is it ??
    me- ๐Ÿ˜€ Dhiren funny thing ๐Ÿ˜€ (actually quite the regular thing to do for me that is, I rambled yet again)so more on rahul in a new post ๐Ÿ˜€
    !a few finishing touches required ๐Ÿ˜‰

    me- Dhiren thanks:) in ahurry ๐Ÿ™‚ will post a whole comment/post to the RAhul issue ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. May 18, 2009 7:14 pm

    aiyooooooooooooo

    *crafty stares at screen trying to write a reply*
    me- aww so cute Crafty ๐Ÿ˜€
    muah ๐Ÿ˜€

    who am i kidding, i am Baaaaad at politics. i am lucky if i can spell the word correctly *makes spelling amends above*

    but me wants to comment on Indi’s post anyways ๐Ÿ˜
    me- ((((hugs))) Indyeah liking Crafty more and more with each passing moment ๐Ÿ˜€

    ok, so i did not miss a single word of your post. and i am in awe of all those who have an active and in depth derivation of politics and its tede-mede raaste…this happened at IHM’s too once, and the darlin that she is, she wrote back giving me proper explanation that i understood! ๐Ÿ™‚
    me- aww you didnt? so I can take a test? ๐Ÿ˜€
    Crafty faints ๐Ÿ˜€
    ((hugs))
    yep!IHM is a sweetheart ๐Ÿ™‚ and she is a lovely teacher too:)
    her posts inspire ๐Ÿ™‚

    all i know today is that we got a majority in like donkey’s years which means we get what we choose and not sidey alliances. and me hopes that Congress does its best to learn from past mistakes. and that i will be 30 when i vote next and may or may not have improved my knowledge / interest in politics *checks spelling again*
    me- yep! a majority in donkey’s ears ๐Ÿ˜€
    I hope for the same too ๐Ÿ™‚
    the spelling checker Crafty …moi loves ๐Ÿ˜€

    luvya Indi! ๐Ÿ˜€
    me- ๐Ÿ˜€ awww (((hugs)))
    me- muah! ๐Ÿ˜€ more later ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. May 18, 2009 7:28 pm

    Indyeah! All I can say, It doesn’t actually affect me who won the election. BUT I went home for the weekend and dad was happy that congress won. We were in the supermarket on saturday, and he came up to me with a smile on his face and said “congress won the indian election” ๐Ÿ™‚ Well all I can you can take the Indian out of India BUT you can’t take the “India” out of the Indian. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€
    me- it doesnt affect you? ๐Ÿ˜€
    *oh gasp the horror!*
    ๐Ÿ˜€

    your dad is right ๐Ÿ™‚
    India is happy too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well all I can you can take the Indian out of India BUT you can’t take the “India” out of the Indian. ๐Ÿ™‚
    ๐Ÿ˜€ yep! right you are!

  33. nitwitnastik permalink
    May 18, 2009 8:11 pm

    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.
    me-arre!NN!this lesser of two evils is one sore topic with me ๐Ÿ˜€
    more later

    me-okay back I am ๐Ÿ˜€
    NN I know that both are evils that India has to bear…it is when people say Congress is the lesser evil (I mean really against Modi anyone will look better) and hence VOTE for Congress and then go on to list various points as to how everything is better as compared to Modiwala BJP..and refuse to look at the shortcomings of the Congress , THAT is when I have a major problem..

    I mean blind following is bad right?
    then why do I get the feeling that Congress by it s very identity and DNA(?) inspires this kind of blind following ?

    Exactly my point. It’s choosing between the lesser of two evils. I have heard arguments why the BJp is more pro-development and better administrators from a blogger on my blog and I probably agree with those but the fascists tendencies of Modi is something I would rather avoid.
    me- pro development and better administrators doesnt go down well as an argument with me either..but then since we are not Gujarat residents we cant say much…coz we are not going through the changes and the experiences whether good or bad

  34. May 18, 2009 10:02 pm

    Yeah Indy, I guess the happiness is more from the decisive verdict. What that essentially means that More Indians are now united in choosing their leader. This is anyday better than the earlier almost 50-50 situation.
    me- absolutely agree ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m waiting for the detailed results to exactly see the extent of this unity. For instance, in 2004, Congress won 26.5% of the total votes polled in the country while BJP won 22.16% so not much of a difference there actually. This time it seems to be much much higher.
    me- yep!have to see the detailed results
    also keep in mind the fact that 160+ seats went to the BJP..so are all those people fanatics? ๐Ÿ˜€

    So we might have lesser unnecessary protests, bus burnings, rasta rokos etc.
    me- that would be mainly coz the we-are-here-only-to- -blackmail-you kind of parties (read that as mainly the Left ๐Ÿ˜€ ) are now gone …:D poof! ๐Ÿ˜€

    But definitely, it isn’t a victory for Secularism. That is a big joke in itself.
    me- knew you would agree ๐Ÿ˜€

    Now coming to the issue of Dynasty in politics, I somewhere read an open letter which asked Rahul Gandhi to denounce, once and for all, the top post. The letter said this would be great for the future of democracy in the country.
    me- well as I did comment on that letter where I clearly said that I am not in favour of rahul to denounce anything…he just should start from the grassroots…
    another thing..and this is damn interesting…notice please the use of the word ‘denounce’
    ๐Ÿ˜€
    interesting eh?
    more like letting go of something that’s a given eh? ๐Ÿ˜€

    But I’ve started thinking on other lines. I mean, agreed, it indicates a servile mentality but then, if it binds and unites the country like nothing else, and on top of that, the person who is actually at the helm is not exactly very hate-worthy, why not give it a chance.
    me- Dude not very great reasons to my way of thinking..yeah totally get what you are saying but still..nope..not the way to go..

    Even George Bush became the President because of dynasty. This happens even in America (and for two full terms), which is supposed to be the best democracy and people are supposed to be educated.
    me- USA elects its leaders..whereas the irony of India’s ‘democracy’ is that we had a OM who had not won a single election but still got to be pm!
    USA aint the best example dude…plus also keep in mind the fact that at best…if one goes by the nepotism theory then only twice has this scenario taken place in the US of A

    If Rahul was a Shibu Soren, then yes, I think, our disdain for him would be valid but he seems ok and he’s learning.
    me- a comparison with the worst will put anyone in a bright halo-ish light ๐Ÿ˜€

    I mean, this happens with everything, actor’s children become actors, doctor’s children tend to become doctors, lawyers, CAs etc… Happens even when you need qualifications so why not Politics.
    me-coz politics doesnt require qualifications? ๐Ÿ˜€ atleast the Indian one doesnt seem to ๐Ÿ˜€

    I know, this argument isn’t fool proof but I’m happy to accept it since I’m beginning to see that the country is becoming united towards it.
    me- ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m sure, over the next 5 years, there’ll be a shift in public opinion slowly and gradually with his involvement in active governance. I think he even understands public sentiment and he’ll work on addressing the deficiencies with the current rule such as weak PM, weak policies etc.
    me- if that is indeed the case and if this is the hope in our hearts then why this hurry to start liking Rahul?
    wait and watch should be the mantra right?

    For the time being, isn’t it actually a respite from the hardliners.

    I so wish, BJP cleaned up their act but even Modi’s speeches disappointed me in this election. It tells you his depth as a leader… Doesn’t seem to have any from what he said during these elections. Just seems to be another stupid orator for the uneducated masses.
    me- an interesting thing RAkesh…the fact that when one talks of the BJP it all seems to boil down to one leader basically… MOdi ๐Ÿ˜€
    now when one does the same as far as the Congress is concerned then one is told that oh!but the Congress has such amazing leaders of huge stature! please ignore the riff raff ๐Ÿ˜€
    interesting eh? ๐Ÿ˜€
    if Modi is a stupid orator (I would have no clue since never heard any of his speeches)then is the Gujarati janta uneducated? ๐Ÿ˜€ going by the theory here ๐Ÿ˜€ I dont like him but I also dont understand why he is the only thing Kaangressis can point to in the BJP ๐Ÿ˜€

    The only thing that irks me is that the left has fallen but Mamata Banerjee has replaced it. and she’s eyeing a healthy portfolio in the cabinet.

    I still remember, how as Railway minister, she did everything for Bengal and the month after she announced the budget, she resigned and withdrew support. And how she opposed Nano. Somewhere I read that Mamata Banerjee is exactly what CPM was, 30 years ago. She’s actually worse than the left.

    me- DIdi? *gasp* you said that about didi you mere mortal!? ๐Ÿ˜€

    dont ya want to live in peace? ๐Ÿ˜€
    she is bonkers ๐Ÿ˜€ trust me on it ๐Ÿ˜€
    only good thing is that this govt can THROW her out anytime it wants!

    Yippee!:D

    • May 19, 2009 3:20 am

      Rakesh, There is a difference between Bush and Rahul here. In America leaders win individual elections. So Bush won because of his campaign not because of his father. Is that were the case then Hillary had better chance than Obama. It is not like they just out of the Blue become party leaders or PMs. They work towards it.

      Today if Rahul Gandhi wants then he will become the Prime Minister..no questions about how or why. That is not how democracy works in USA.

      me- have simply put Solilo’s words in bold Rakesh, coz thats the main point right there

      Nepotism does work in every field. But every field like Doctors or Engineers have people working hard for it. Only in Indian film industry and politics do we see these kids gettings direct entry to big posts.
      me-exactly my point!

      • May 19, 2009 10:11 am

        Please Solilo, don’t tell me that Bush ‘worked’ to become the President! You should seriously see “W” then.

        Of course, the only reason why Hillary was even considered for the top post was Bill. But it was discovered that Americans are more ‘sexist’ than they are ‘racist’.

        And I guess, Rahul is working his way. He didn’t just drop out of the blue. He could’ve been a PM this time but he chose not to.
        me- He could’ve been a PM this time but he chose not to. that one line says it all Rakesh…
        could have been? but chose not to?
        that says a hell of a lot!

        That gives me some solace.

        For instance, Sonia could’ve been PM in 2004 but she didn’t. If she would’ve become PM, I would’ve never voted for Congress. Though in every screen that I see Sonia and Manmohan together, it appears as if Manmohan is Sonia’s wife, she escorts him – this way, that way though keeping him in front but it’s quite clear who is driving.
        me- ROFL!! ๐Ÿ˜€

        But still, I feel that if Rahul has the power to bring the country together (and that is essentially what great leaders do), even though partly because of his heritage and partly because he’s good looking and partly because he appears to be committed and is working towards making India better, I’ll give him a chance next time round.
        me- partly coz he’s goodlooking eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰
        what is this a beauty contest? ๐Ÿ˜€
        heritage? *sigh* dynasty and nepotism again dude …sore points with me ๐Ÿ™‚

        After all, democracy is respecting the opinion of the people and not judging whether the people are intelligent enough or not to choose their leader.
        me- Democracy is about respecting the choice..yeah I agree..
        but who is to say whom the people voted for?
        MAnnu Uncle or Rahul Baba? or Sonia mata?
        or the Congress?
        that is the crux of the matter

        Aren’t even we being stupid in dismissing the choice of the people by arguing that this is dynasty politics and not democracy?
        me- people voted for a party right?
        that all of us are happy about..
        what we are NOT happy about is how this win is being attributed to the crown prince
        noone is dismissing the choice of the people..the question is..what IS the choice of the people?
        ref to the four choices given above ๐Ÿ˜€

        PS:-a post on this point soon Rakesh ๐Ÿ˜€
        coz the reply to your comment and Dhiren’s turned into a post ๐Ÿ˜€

        • May 19, 2009 12:29 pm

          Rakesh, the main point I was making that you probably missed is that individuals win elections in USA. People donโ€™t vote because someone is Clintonโ€™s wife or Bushโ€™s son. Here in USA now live in a 99.9% conservative society who votes for Republicans most times.

          Here in this case even now if Rahul Gandhi and for that matter any Rajya Sabha member wants he can become Prime Minister. That is our democrazy. Even though democracy is for/by/of the people we still donโ€™t get a Minister or Prime Minister from Lok Sabha. In fact before 26/11 Shivraj Patil who was Home Minister had lost elections and still got such an important cabinet portfolio. That is the incongruity of our elections and democracy.
          Comparison of American and Indian democracy needs different dais altogether. It can’t be argued on a comment section.

          Haโ€ฆhaโ€ฆhaโ€ฆ@ partly because Rahul is good looking Iโ€™ll will give him a chance next time round. ๐Ÿ˜› ………
          me-higlighted your point Solilo ๐Ÿ™‚

          • May 20, 2009 2:08 pm

            OK More discussion on Indy’s next post.

            Please remember, I’m not very fond of Rahul but let’s play devil’s advocate here. Coz. I can see all round that a lot of people are actually very fond of Rahul. And if the people are happy, then who am I or you to contest?
            me- and done! ๐Ÿ˜€
            btw why ARE you playing the devil’s advocate dude?
            people around me might be happy(a point that’s debatable)I too am a part of that crowd ๐Ÿ˜€ and I DONT like him

          • May 21, 2009 2:06 am

            Rakesh, But people are happy about Modi and Madani too. I get hate mails every single day asking me to publicly apologize on my blog about what I have written about Madani. It stopped recently though.

            So people might like a lot of people for whatever reason that doesn’t mean that I am going to support them.

            You don’t need to play devil’s advocate yaar. There are people who genuinely love Rahul Gandhi so they will come up with points in his favor. You be what you are and post your views na. Make our side stronger for arguments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love reading your political satire.

            I am more than happy to read the other side if arguments have validity.

  35. May 18, 2009 10:40 pm

    I have read this twice now, and yes I agree with all, but all, the views here.

    I am glad to have a result. A result where there is one major party, which will remain stable. I am glad there will be little or no horse trading and cattle markets. I am glad that all those dire predictions of doom did not materialize, and also as you say
    me- absolutely Ushus! ๐Ÿ™‚
    absolutely ! yes to every single reason of yours too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    “What am I happy about?

    A party has achieved a near majority.

    So no more blackmail.

    No more giving in to stupid demands.

    Strong decisions.

    Clear decisions.

    Stable governnment.

    No more night mares that Mayawati Aunty might become the PM.

    The Left has been wiped out(?) One sure hopes so. ๐Ÿ˜€ ”

    The Left is right out! And how happy that makes me! Mr Pinarayi Vijayan, single handedly ensured they got only 4 out of 16 seats in Kerala. One of the most un-communist-like leaders ever, if one were to go by ideals of the party!
    me- ๐Ÿ˜€ yippee! is the main feeling right now! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good result. Not because the Congress won… and no, I cannot stand their holier than thou attitude, and cry baby behaviour. That is all they do well. But then, the common man has spoken and his voice must be respected, for the good of the nation.
    Period.
    me- ๐Ÿ˜€ I too cannot stand it ๐Ÿ˜€

    yep! India has spoken as a collective part of a whole and that has to be respected ๐Ÿ™‚
    absolutely agree ๐Ÿ™‚

    Fantastic post, Indyeah. Kudos, Kudos.. for this. As solilo has said, you should consider getting this into a feature column of a magazine or newspaper supplement. Very very incisive, precise, and no holds barred. And just. And polite ๐Ÿ™‚ Just the way it should be!

    And thank you… ๐Ÿ™‚
    me- awww thank you Ushus ๐Ÿ™‚
    muah!:)
    any praise from you or Solilo makes my day it does!:)
    muah:)
    and (((((hugs))))
    coming from you O magician with words that IS high praise indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. May 19, 2009 2:50 am

    I agree with you, it is a huge relief to have a party with a clear majority (almost) at the Centre. Now it is up to the UPA to prove their worth, and hopefully, to the Opposition for re-shaping their outfits.

    me- ๐Ÿ™‚ it is a relief isnt it? ๐Ÿ™‚
    yep amen to both the thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

    A Modi-led BJP is a Hitler-ish nightmare, and a Karat-led left has already shown itself to be unprincipled irresponsible bit-player. As for the Amma and the Aunty, may they prosper well amid their capes and statues and devotees, and not bother the rest of the not-so-enamoured nation.
    me- doubt if Mdoi will ever get to lead …not if the BJP has any sense…
    As for the Amma and the Aunty, may they prosper well amid their capes and statues and devotees, and not bother the rest of the not-so-enamoured nation.
    arre!wah! that was so brilliant Sucharita! ๐Ÿ˜€
    thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. May 19, 2009 3:07 am

    Abhi, As always well-written and to the point. Can I just say that underline every sentence of yours. My thoughts exactly.
    me-
    was waiting for your words ๐Ÿ™‚
    thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am happy that we got a stable govt. I still don’t think Congress is any better than the rest. Every single one of them is just a political party but yes! we have stability. Common man is tired of the internal fights and silly small party banters.
    me- yep! happy I am and the Congress still remains as bad as the rest of em ๐Ÿ™‚
    agree on that about the common man

    Some reasons I think why we saw this massive win is:

    1. Most youngsters voted this time because of no-criminal campaign, jaago re campaigns and such. They voted for candidates more and stability.
    me-yes , though I was hoping that ppl would turn up in larger numbers

    2. People staying away from fundamentalists. So be it Modi or Madani, their support is not something the next generation entertains.

    me- yes.

    People do openly criticize Hindutva but even fanatic caste and other religious supports were thrashed. Now is the time to open eyes and make a broader vision.
    me- absolutely!

    I have no problem with BJP as a party if it keeps fundamentalist supports at bay and bring in educated and charismatic leaders to the front. I am long rooting for Arun Jaitley. In Advani’s absence if Murali Manohar Joshi takes the opposition seat then we will see even worse decline because Joshi can only appeal to a small Hindi crowd. Time to realize that they need leaders who can unite India not divide on the basis of language and religion.
    me- count me in too…as i said somewhere I too have no probs with the BJP if they bring in educated and younger leaders who are broadminded ๐Ÿ™‚
    ARun Jaitley is way better than many others…
    MMJ is too rigid acc to me..and yep!wont be able to appeal to all the Indians…
    and I somehow dont find him charismatic at all…so he is out in my view..

    Congress’ s one other major reason to win is their sudden refusal to give tickets to Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. I appreciate their stand. Congress line-up does seem more appealing and promising at the moment. This election was a revelation.
    me- yes that was one good thing they did..ek joote ke baad hi sahi ๐Ÿ˜€
    I like the Congress leaders ..young charismatic and very much educated…which is more than we can say for other parties..

  38. May 19, 2009 3:08 am

    BTW I don’t think you are wordy. You are crisp and sharp. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well written piece.
    me-muah!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ((((((((((hugs)))))darl..coming from you that means a hell of a lot!

  39. May 19, 2009 3:11 am

    More than anything I am jubilant about Left getting THRASHED in Kerala for taking Madani’s support.

    It kept away all Hindus and moderate Muslims from voting for them.

    Now parties will realize that people won’t take their stupid divide and rule policy. Keep fundamentalists away.

    me- ROFL! @ THRASHED! ๐Ÿ˜€
    yep moi happy too ๐Ÿ˜€

    • May 19, 2009 6:18 pm

      Yes, solilo, that was kick ass performance :P! The voters keeping the left right out of the reckoning!

      I am seriously getting to love that phrase :P!
      me-ROFL!!Ushus..thanks to Kislay whose brainchild this is..actually he uses it so darn much that I am getting to love it too ๐Ÿ˜€
      but to imagine that you would use it with students? ๐Ÿ˜€
      that would be a sight indeed ๐Ÿ˜€
      muah ๐Ÿ˜€

      • May 19, 2009 8:05 pm

        Ushus, You are addicted to ‘kick a$$’. Ha….ha…ha…ha….now I am sure you will use this in school too. Beware! ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  40. May 19, 2009 10:37 am

    Well, the only positive that I see is that Indian people have kind of redeemed the status of national parties, so no more wheedling, cajoling for some votes to smaller negligible parties and ppl like Mayawati and Prakash Karat are nowhere to interfere in the decision making.
    me- yep! Rahul I am happy about that too ๐Ÿ™‚
    behenji was one person who kept giving nightmares ๐Ÿ˜€
    and no Carrot as Liju says ๐Ÿ˜€
    yippee!
    ๐Ÿ˜€
    its a season of yippeees! ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. May 19, 2009 1:13 pm

    Whats happening.. you are busy to reply… everyone is cutting down on blogging… I am running out of thoughts… everyone wants to read… everyone is rationing down posting to twice a week… aise kaise chalega blog samaj vasiyo ??

    agar har koi sirf padhega to likhega kaun ??
    )
    me- LOL Dhiren! ๐Ÿ˜€
    ]

    I am here now na ? ๐Ÿ˜€

    hum padhenge bhi aur likhenge bhi ๐Ÿ˜›
    aap toh saatvein aasmaan par hain
    what with your review and all. ๐Ÿ˜›
    Winnie is a darling to have come upwith this idea na?
    *Dhiren fervently nodding his head* ๐Ÿ˜€

    • May 20, 2009 12:19 pm

      ohh god… my head aint stopping… this nodding is going to keep on going… !!!

      i m on the 17th sky !!! lol….

      really have bubbles in my head !!!
      me- LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. Pal permalink
    May 19, 2009 6:18 pm

    That was an excellent write-up. Honest to the core, and you hit the nail on the head. No more to blackmail, but I do hope these guys do something good for the country!! Hey, can I blogroll you? Missed visiting your page for so many days!!
    -http://writerzblock.wordpress.com/
    me- Thanks a lot Pal ๐Ÿ˜€
    sorry about the late reply..wanted to reply sooner and say yes!yes! by all means go ahead and blogroll me ๐Ÿ˜€
    I would be delighted and honoured ๐Ÿ˜€

    thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been unable to visit so many pages..I take a peek and am not able to comment at leisure ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    so now I am looking forward to tmnrw (hopefully )when i will do that ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Poonam J permalink
    May 19, 2009 11:41 pm

    U r back………..yipee……..thats a dost squealing with delight.Yes, the verdict is out..no more nail biting….Maybe we shall see stability, from regional divides maybe we shall be one nation after all…and maybe the aam aadmi will eventually gain….And yes no Mayawati as PM…WOOF …what a relief.
    A nice, honest well researched post as always.
    me-lol!so cute Poonam ๐Ÿ˜€
    (( (hugs))))
    we will be one nation after all
    what a beautiful thought Poonam ๐Ÿ™‚
    trust you to say this ๐Ÿ™‚
    amen! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((hugs)))
    dost ๐Ÿ˜€

  44. May 20, 2009 10:46 am

    I think the below link would be quite informative and if that is the best of the worst, then we seriously need to think about altering our democratic system of selecting leaders and analysing how many things can go wrong. Anyways here is the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124109098695372847.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    Destination Infinity
    me- thanks for the link DI
    and I agree best of the worst it is…..which is just so tragic as an Indian.

  45. May 21, 2009 1:40 am

    I think people are more happy because BJP didn’t win than rather than being happy that the Congress won. Also, thankfully, we have a government with a clear majority rather than a hung one which was always such a pain.

    me- I am happy that a political party got a clear majority atleast…
    and that we wont see any more instability ๐Ÿ™‚
    no more blackmail..
    no more left! yippee! ๐Ÿ˜€

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