Elections mess

Nitesh Chaudhary belongs to the 2K10/EEE batch of the Delhi Technological University/ Delhi College of Engineering. He many-a-times happens to board the same metro as me and that does lead to some fruitful-mostly-political discussions. He also has a knack to find people to debate with other than his batch-mates or people from his university or any other college for that matter. He doesn’t really blog, though he could be found here.

Here he talks about the ongoing Gujarat elections. Read on.


Source: Google/Reuters
Source: Google/Reuters

Come elections, and we face a typical environment every single time- heated debates over the unsuccessful tenure of the incumbent government and the lack of choice for a better opponent available to the public. The Gujarat elections have reiterated my point.

What Keshubhai, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and finally Modi have spoken about Gujarat have content beyond doubts. Modi asserts his success in metamorphosis of Gujarat from a debt laden state to one attracting international investors is unquestionable. Rahul calls it a success for the rich and a loss to the poor. Sonia and Keshubhai reiterate the echoes stating Modi to be a businessman with friends in corporate houses, and selling the pieces of Gujarat to the wrongful owners thereby denying the local public their right over Gujarat. The other claims include corruption levels in the state to be at an all time high.

The allegations have found support in the poor farmers and labour class, as they did in the 2007 elections. This makes one believe the incredible level of truth in politicians’ words, so what if it’s directed to the harm of their opponents.

The response to the allegations props out back and quick, not from the tongue controlled spokespersons but often the supreme leader of the crusade Gujarat government is led by, Mr. Modi. His view that allegations hurled at him come from sources that have epitomised the standards of corruption in Modern India- the leaders troubled by allegations of misappropriated properties by family members. This leads one to wonder, how correct our leaders sound when faced with charges accusing them of being at fault.

The success story of Gujarat has undoubtedly raised brows across the top echelons of technologically advanced nations bringing them to a cat-fight to push each other to share a shining Gujarat’s pie to their advantage. This is surely a thumbs-up to Mr. Modi and his comrades and deserves to invite applauds from his true enemies. Though it is hard to be seen in politics like ours, the sordid side of this success tale has been elucidated with discreet sharpness. The poor in Gujarat have not prospered the way others have, if not perished to the extent, the opposition prophesise. The truth lies in how our nation’s poor fare as a whole. It is a stark reminder to the Modi-opponents that the states ruled by them fare poorly, in fact poorer than Gujarat when it comes to measuring the success of ruling governments on the rural-welfare-scale.

Though the ethnic factor shall haunt the Modi government for its failure in bring succour to its deserved benefactors, all agree for now, that the Modi government shall return even against their wishes, at least for now.

One, when contrasts the governments, encounters a Hobson’s choice among parties to select from- those that carry out development of the infrastructure and people as a whole are often the ones associated with serious corruption charges, and ugly scams, and the others that do not invite the ire of public as corrupt one (though rare in our scenario), do not work at all. The still favourable choice between the two for the innocent masses is the corrupt but promising government and so the wheel keeps turning.


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