The Indians are a chuffed up lot these days. They are strutting about feeling very important since the country has, quite seamlessly, eased itself into yet another Parliamentary Election process.
It is the biggest election that the world has ever seen. 814 million eligible voters. The world, yet again, references India as the ‘biggest’ democracy in the world, with wonder.
I would like to gently urge my fellow countrymen to ease up a bit. Voting, by itself does not a great country make, no matter how large the electorate or the number of occasions we have conducted the exercise successfully. What a cheery prospect, as we grind through 40 days of polling, across the length and breadth of the country.
It would be a good idea to face up to the fact that we do not have much to be proud about. After sixteen national elections, what exactly do we have to show for it? I will not trot out abysmal Human Development Index figures, at this point. Suffice to say that we are still one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world.
How could it be otherwise? Just look at our elections – from the smallest to biggest of them. Look at the parties in the fray. Not a single one that generates any degree of confidence. It pains my left of centre heart that even the workers party has failed me, the workers and the country. Look at the candidates. Not one inspirational figure among the lot, except the random, quixotic ‘independent’. These independents have, ipso facto, been ineffective.
Let us gloss over the many elections that have been rigged outright. I have much bigger concerns. Let us look at those elections which have not been rigged. What exactly is their worth? Elections have been fought between two or more parties of equally questionable credentials, fielding candidates of dubious merit. The few cases of disproportionate wealth accumulated during their tenures, which have been brought to the notice of civil society, are but the tip of the iceberg.
Look at the sources of election funding, which are mostly opaque, with inside information about corporate contributions. Which Corporation has ever contributed a rupee without valid expectations of favors to be granted, at the expense of the exchequer? The instances of corporate malfeasance, impossible without political collusion, are legion. And, depressingly, not a single party has been exempt.
Look at the platforms on which elections have been fought. Practically all of them have been based on religious and caste considerations. And, other parochial considerations – linguistic, regional factors etc.
When was an election ever fought on developmental issues? When was an election ever fought on the issue of social evolution? Which is how it should have been, but never has.
Fifty years in the making, and we still do not have a Jan Lokpal Bill. Women cannot get even 33% reservation in the Lok Sabha, when they should have been demanding 66%. The horror of the caste system has not been abolished.
I am fifty five years old, and have never voted. There never has been a party, a candidate, a cause that I wanted to vote for. For those who mindlessly repeat the humbug that it is the duty of every responsible citizen to vote, all I have to say is “Get real.” If I had the provision to vote against a candidate, a party, I would have voted, every time. (NOTA – None Of The Above – is not good enough.)
I intend to vote this time – for the Aam Aadmi Party, irrespective of the candidate. Flawed or not, it promises to be what we have not had so far. Completely different from all the political parties that we have had until now. What if they fail? That is not a guarantee that I came with, when I evacuated my mother’s womb. That is a chance I am willing to take. I will put my weight behind an initiative that appears to be bona fide on the surface.
I will make my vote count.
Till now there has not been a reason to vote. People have always voted for the wrong reasons, and elected the wrong parties to power. That is the reason the country is in the mess it is in. So, why all this fuss about these elections?
But then, if I did not have my vote, I would have fought for my right to vote. Nonce, my fight is validate the value of my vote. That, dear reader should be your concern, your fight, too. It is better not to vote, than to vote for the wrong reasons. And that is all that this country and its electorate have ever done.
Indians have no call to strut. This is just another election. Like all the other elections. We are just the biggest democracy, not the greatest. We are not even a ‘good enough’ democracy. We could make it into a decent democracy, if we tried.
For that, see the current elections for what they are. Don’t strut.
Savukku…AAP is not good option…..You can also right about Kejiriwal stunt……49 days inefficiency drama…..Kejiriwal give favourism to Sonia Gandhi….
Why we should not support AAP for below mentioned reason…
1. AAP form government with corruption congress support.(AAP got vote based on Corruption Congress).
2. well…He was formed government…why he was resigned in 49 days..The reason he stated is not true…Reason:- Not able to pass lok sabha bill…first it should get approved by Governor..without send to governor…he pass the bill.
3. why he didn’t ask opinion/concern with delhi people through SMS or letter before resign the CM post.(Here only most of them lost hope..including myself)
4. Why he is targetting MODI not Rahul/Sonia..even he didn’t speak anything about sonia….
5. He was visited Gujarat and the same day..he start critize nothing is in gujarat…how he can able to come to conclusion on the same day…..next stunt Without permission he was going to meet MODI.
6.He is not vacate the Delhi apartment given at the time of CM.he said he will pay the monthly rent 85,000. how can he pay such a amount…no income for him.
7. Previously he said the MLA should contest in Lok sabha elections…but he is contest againt MODI in Varanasi..what is the reason…Last 10 years congress government is in POWER..why he didn’t contest in Raiberli againt Sonia..
8. Why AAP site declared Kashmir is part pakistan, not India
Most of our conclusion:- “Kejiriwal is not going to do good politics…he is going to do Circus with us…..He was not followed what he said in past.so..Vote for AAP is equal to Vote for Congress..we need to form strong and good government in central.
1. AAP does not support Congress from the beginning to end. Your opinion is wrong.
2.. No need to get approval from the Governor. First pass the bill by majority and then send for approval to Governor. Since congress pulled out he can not get majaority. congress and BJP are not for Lokpal. They are against because they will be affected by Lokpal.
3.We can not get opinions from all the mass. Is it possible. Congress & BJP wanted to corner AAP at any cost. That this the reason AAP resigned. There is no other choice my dear friend.
4. He is targeting all – Modi and Rahul. He can contest only one place and not all the places. AAP is against all the corrupt parties. We have to belive this.
5. Gujarat development is a boosted one. When we compare with TN Gujarat is not far better than TN. However by media and advertisement they simply boost. He asked for appointment and if he gives ok and if he didn’t give its ok. What is the problem. This is not big issue sir.
6. Since his family just arrived there and settled and his kids are in school final with exams he asked for some more time. He is not uneducated and not a poor guy. He was an IRS officer and his wife is still an IRS officer. So he can pay the amount. He is not asking us to pay. Right? There are so many congi and bjp politicians did not vacate their houses for years and government is keeping quiet. You know the Speaker Meerakumar has not vacated for many years. Govt is keeping quiet. Now he asked for few days. thats all.
7. He as come to politics now only and how can he contest before? Now congress is a dead snake. Only Modi is the poisoness snake.
8. That is by mere mistake and they corrected again.
So let us give AAP a chance now. There is should be an alternative. Otherwise we people do not have any other choice. We have to go either for Congi or BJP. Both are seriosuly corrupt parties.
Congress and BJP fooled us all along these 60 years and we are ready to be fooled. Why dont we give a chance to AAP full term and see? Nothing is going to be lost right?
Modi rule will be a dangerous rule in India. Let us watch and see.
“I am fifty five years old, and have never voted”
pls remain unchanged rather than vote for AAP till next election. In that next election you could see the best political party which will rule our India by Modiji & his team successfully , then irrespective of its candidates you can vote for it.
Now so many brooms are assigned by “somebody” to support “the broom” all over the India in media. They are targeting frustrated common man’s vote, & mislead them towards :Anti -Action Party”. sure it will end-up with empty hands as people were understood about AAP”s administration skills within that 49 days of Delhi itself.
True Indians are behind with “GOODWILL from GUJARAT”
dont bluff with Gujarat model.every body knows even TN which is selling liquor by its state owned TASMAC is far far better tan the so called gujarat
Ok Understood. Savukku has joined hands with AAP and that is the reason lots of English articles. Pro-AAP news and articles against all parties. Looks like a survival tactic of Savukku.
So much build-up was given about the 2G tapes. Nothing after that.
This site has lost the originality of Savukku.net
why dont savukku publish the business manipulations of jayalalitha,cho.ramaswamy,vaikuntarajan, sasikala,jagathrakshakan,sn.jayamurugan etc on aap website.why dont you give a link atleast. why dont you write about robert vadra who with his gamut of letter pad companies swallowed lands in haryana and rajasthan.dlf who is a partner and acted hand in glove with this crook.i think you have a biased approach towards your news.