A ‘promising’ India

The Indian election season is the most entertaining drama for everyone. Not only does one get to witness friends becoming enemies through party-hopping and war of words, one also gets to see every politician working round-the-clock — the only time when they actually meet or see what’s bothering people.

That said, this year’s election campaigning has shown politicians in different hues, colours and words. Each one tried to outdo the other to win the best award as an orator, attempting to make public meetings very interactive. The political battle, in the process, also got so murky that politicians’ personal lives and their relationships had to be explained on public forums. Despite all that jazz, we still have our leaders promising a better India.

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Almost dumping the Election Commission of India’s notification warning politicians against making “unrealistic” promises, political parties have had their way to get these “development plans” to people. While TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu promised loan waivers for farmers and a scheme to regularize monthly payment for unemployed youth, YSRCP’s Jaganmohan Reddy went one step ahead in declaring that he would make Seemandhra region slum-free. Our Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi too made the effort to come to Seemandhra and promise round-the-clock drinking water supply to Visakhapatnam, promised reservation for students and the establishment of IIT, NIT, IIM, IIIT, AIIMS, Petroleum, Agriculture and Tribal universities. BJP’s Prime ministerial candidate, on the other hand, attracted audience saying most people who have made Gujarat sustainable are those from AP and that they were welcome to study at the state’s Petroleum University, apart from promising reduction in food prices and that of essential commodities while TRS has promised surplus power to a state that could face water and power problems.

Interestingly, a lot of these are central subjects which states do not have a say in. Yet, politicians promise slum-free cities/towns, which we know isn’t possible without addressing the economic backwardness of each family (which is one of the umpteen solutions). While these gargantuan promises are being made on one side, politicians also take a dig at each other, stooping to new lows and surprising the audience in every speech. If one carefully analyses these speeches, most of them are slanderous and attract the law of libel.

Well, now that everything is said and done and the last phase of elections is due on May 12th, wat one must not forget is that these promises of a “promising” India are never going to make India either slum-free/problem-free or poverty-free. So, who are we fooling here anyway? Aren’t we full of promises and no actions? Think!

 

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