The Big Fat Indian Election
is moving into full throttle. #TBFIE
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Dressed in Khadi and powered by BMWs the candidates are hitting the road just as the dust and heat of the Long Indian Summer creeps in over the parched Indian subcontinent. The deshbandhu hopefuls are moving around in private jets and helicopters, mostly powered by powerful industrialists.
Many believe that this is a battle against good and evil; against change and status quo; against a suspect Gujarat model v/s the failed Congress or UPA model.
But this could turn out to be a battle of individuals, a vote for those possible virtuous men and women who can perform irrespective of the party they belong to. A search for good individuals.
Leaders exhort their audiences: Nation first, party next, individual last.
And on the basis of this seats are allotted.
As the internal tallying for the magical majority of 273 seats has begun every party has resorted to what they excel at: compromising their so-called "ethics" for the greater good of their sole desire of "winning".
The party is, after all, above the individual.
The party is willing to compromise and forces the individual to compromise for a "party" objective.
Dressed in Khadi, a symbol of earthliness, these extraordinary candidates are out there to prove that they have actually done some good for the nation in their previous posts in public or private office. Or - in the case of actors and actresses and some screen hopefuls - they wish to translate their box office magic into poll booth victory.
There is no Modi wave, but there is a high level of urban disgust with the Congress.
One person's negative is not another person's wave, though it can result in a default advantage.
The Congress has chosen a weak candidate to lead their team - a Sonia Gandhi could have carried rural India.
AAP has shown why investing in small and a mid-cap company is dangerous: lack of good management and planning can make a great idea or a great product turn into a failure.
The regional parties stay with their narrow, local focus - but dilute that with grand ambitions of alliances and then behave like the compromised national parties.
The markets are roaring, the Indian Rupee has gained ground...is any of this justified? Or is this built on a mirage of hope which is totally devoid of reality?
Stay tuned....and scrutinize your local candidate for his or her credentials. And, yes, vote: because every vote counts.
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