It can either be a dynasty or a democracy. It can never be both. If a prince wants to be the prime-ministers the only thing we get is a kingdom wrapped in a democratic wrapper; exactly like a candy – chocolaty inside and crunchy outside.
If it is true for a prince, it is true for a queen as well. I for one am glad, people voted her out. Come the time, people won’t hesitate in reciprocating it for the prince as well. In a blink, Saffron “cow belt” remodeled to “Beefy Blue”, Blue, the new Green or the soft Saffron. The vicious and the vindictive would keep us anchored to the fact that dynasty has no place in the twenty first-century India. The gasping prince did borrow some breathing air, but for himself and not for his party. The win, albeit fizzled, has revitalized the hapless and the hopeless, casting a shadow over the fact that more than 60% (2,11,22,091) voters voted against them. Why? Even with the manufactured loathing for the Queen, BJP managed 38.8% vote share i.e. only one lakh less votes than what congress received. If only the prince had kept himself at bay and away from the state, Congress would have managed a majority on its own.
The victory did come at a huge concealed price. The 2019 prospective prime ministerial candidate, once again, hopefully for the last time, lured people towards addiction, an addiction to freebies. Time and again, politicians have tried to buy voters, giving birth to vote-banks, and unfortunately were successful in their endeavors. Will farm loan waiver or any other freebie solve the problem? He himself accepted the fact that it is not a solution. Moreover, where is the money going to come from? Is there a “Made in Chindwara” machine spawning currency bills that we are unaware of? I don’t think so, I also don’t think that all the tax payers in the country come from that region. Maybe in 2019 the rhetoric would be “the center refused the funds”. The election commission of India should take strict actions to deter parties for making claims like this in their manifestos; Mr. Raghuram Rajan said this and not just me. Generations after generations and communities after communities have been paying the prices for these freebies. Freebies keep these people poor and dependent on state, which is exactly what Congress wants. It is easy to divide the dependent. I am glad that a party chose defeat rather than buying votes.
It is time when people realize that whatever is borrowed has to be returned, it does not matter if it is from a person, institution, society or nature. There are no free lunches, sooner or later there will always be a cost for “Free or Borrowed Stuff”
Much has already been said and spoken about anti-incumbency. However, one aspect that remained obscure in Indian Politics came to surface with these elections. What if Shivraj Singh Chauhan was not contesting the elections? There has to be some reason as to why Indian Constitution does not have a clause like the twenty second amendment to the US constitution that sets a term limit for the US presidents. No president is allowed to run for the office after two terms with an exception of additional two years i.e. a maximum of 10 years. If only this one clause was added in our Constitution in some form, dynasty rule would have ceased to exist. The day Modi was declared the prime ministerial candidate against LK Advani before 2014, Congress knew they were going to witness their defeat and that’s why they tried to make fun of Modi replacing Advani. In BJP the top post deserves and is open for the best and most suitable candidate against Indian National Congress, where the top post is always reserved for somebody from the family. Its like Haryana Roadways, my baggage my seat.
Even with a vote share of 41%, a notch higher than the Congress’, BJP could not form the government. People went to polling booths, invested their time, waited in long queues and selected “NOTA”. More than 64 lakh people voted for anything other than that has nothing to do with Rahul Gandhi or Shivraj Singh Chauhan (non-BJP-non-Cong-votes). The only reason why Nehru-Gandhi family never disclose any candidate before elections is because they know “it does not matter who the face is”, the remote lies at 10 Janpath. If they would have announced the family loyalists Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot as the CM candidates, trust me, “NOTA” would have become the CM for the two states.
The people of Rajasthan and MP are undergoing the same traumatic experience that Madhuri Dixit went through in the 1997 thriller Koyla when she was sent a photograph of young SRK, however, was tricked into marrying old Amrish Puri. You could decide who is who in the two states, who tricked who and who is the villain. Start at 0:40 seconds.
The last step is always the most difficult one, even though you see more blue on the map of India but the truth is that these results increased the likely-hood of a “Congress-Mukt-Bharat”. The lifeline is for the Gandhi scion and not for Congress. People did not have an option in these elections, but they would have it in the general elections. Let them bask in the glory of their superficial success. When the Modi thunder will hit them with their guards lowered, they would find solace in only one thing: Electronic Voting Machines. If only EVM’s could speak!!!