Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Insecure Indian

It is the end of elections 2009.

Ending excitement around the formation of next government, results were announced on 16th may 2009. Honestly, I wasn't surprised at the outcome at the center but bitterly disappointed with the results at the state-level (read, Andhra Pradesh). Even though the UPA government did not tackle terrorism in the previous term, I did not want the NDA government to rule the India as it would mean an identity crisis for our nation. I'm fed up with the godhras, riots against muslims and I'd believe no amount of appeasement by BJP on muslims. Moreover, I've no trusts on any number of third or fourth front governments formed just to keep BJP and congress at bay from power. Sadly, UPA government hasn't done much to tackle terrorism (considering the number of terrorist activities in the recent years). However, I believe the situation improved a bit after Chidambaram took over the hopeless Shivraj Patil as Home Minister (as I observed no more terrorist activities since then). More needs to be done to ensure the belief of common man on security.

A close observation would take us through the following statistics. As far as I can remember, Congress gained significantly from 145 seats in 2004 to 206 in 2009 elections. BJP on the other hand lost a considerable number of seats from 138 in 2004 to 115 in 2009 elections. What is the point of blaming its allies if one cannot steer its own boat? The congress has increased its tally. Should this be attributed to Rahul or Priyanka factor?

I believe the congress party made amends by apologizing to the sikh community over the sikh riots in 1984 following the assasination of Indira Gandhi. Mr. Chidambaram might have faced the boot before elections but one cannot deny that the UPA is awarded another five years attributing to the apologies to sikh community. BJP on the other hand refused to leave their hardline hindutva stance and moreover, Narendra Modi wasn't even inclined to take any questions on Godhra riots, leave aside apology.

At state level, I was hoping desperately that Chandrababu Naidu sailed through these elections. It was a pain in the head to watch him sit in the opposition for the past five years. I fear that I might see more scandals such as Satyam fiasco. I fear that we'll stay behind the race competing with other cities in development. The only respite is that TDP increased its tally to 106 from 47 ni 2004!

What I do not get is

The voter turnout in Bombay was the lowest (42% if I were to believe) in the recent history. This even after 26/11 attacks? Common Bombay, wake up.

Its bye-bye Advani. You are no saint.

I've no idea what went behing the scenes in releasing terrorists at Kandahar in 1999 but I believe Advani is the man behind Babri demolition. He should be prosecuted for his role in bringing down the sacred mosque in 1992. I believe, he is the one responsible for dividing the country on communal lines all these years and no amount of reconciliation on his part (Jinnah episode) would clear him from my mind.

10 comments:

Vamshi said...

Good one as one expects our country to be a secular even in many cases it is not so secular.....and a strong government in center is always a plus point as their (people and next government's)stand will be clear and Manmohan-Left this time we can surely expect reforms.
Yes , This elections results have put up Rahul Gasndhi because of his bold decisions to go up alone in Up and Bihar has clearly made them victorious in end and his stand to increase Youth leaders in this elections is to be noted.Sure he is the one who leaded the party from front during this election. WE can even note role of Priyanka Gandhi in this election.At last a youth nation(average age of Indian population is around 27 -32 years) has got some youth Leaders.

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@Rom!o said...

BJP's worst loss in recent history and Congress' best tally in 18 years. The Face of India, for sure, is changing.

I read an article in "Atlantic" 2months before elections, a very famous traveler/author writes his experience with Mr.Modi. A very well written one except for one point that he contemplated Modi as the future of India in spite of denigrating him on the Godhra carnage. I wanted to comment on him saying he was wrong but thot wud wait till the results are out. Now, I'm glad that 80% of the 60% of the 700 odd million voters screamed in sync against the saffron savage. The people's verdict says it all - the country's future, at least for the next 5 years.

Coming to the state, I think its the right verdict here too. Look at it, its a sweep. No Chiru or Jr NTR or free money distribution magic(tho success in many 3rd worlds but considering the corruption levels in the state(be it congress or tdp), I doubt it) worked. We the urban pops constitute a meagre %. My aunt's chat with her watchman's wife reveals a great insight. The wife says she and her group of self heping women(dont read DWCRA) are gonna vote for Congress in state. Reason: successful implementation of the "Pavala Vaddi" scheme. If these independent women are benefiting so much, so that they could stand on their own feet and support their otherwise poor families, imagine the status of other SHGs and secure groups like that of DWCRA! This is just an example there are many more like these I guess under Congress scanner in the state.

If the goodies(read schemes and programmmes) of Congress are taken more care in the future, its gonna flourish with its "right" allies. But the only risk involved is, I fear, if a party is given a second term it is gonna turn into a beast with its belly filled with absolute power(like Naidu in his second term)...but...works good for the notion of "continued stability". Lets see what happens.

And Mumbaikars, cmon people what went wrong with you, leave aside all the meaningless celeb campaigns but even after 26/11!! Kiran Bedi rightly spewed her anger on Mumbaikars i guess. She says a full holiday shud not have been given on election day but only half a day or just few hrs for the many urban ppl of the city are njoing the kick of the air conditioned coolness in their homes forgetting their democratic duty.

And Advaniji is no Vajpayee or no saint, he is just a power hungry septuagenarian who met his ill fate.

All in all a good post Dolly :) ... err Dolphin :-|

dolphin said...

@romio

yeah, its a stable government. moreover, this i believe UPA gives better governance than NDA as i believe advani and modi are the modern facists waiting for the time to plunge on minorities in the name of a secure India.

However, I still believe Naidu is better for the future (in these recession times given his academic background) than YSR. We've seen the number of scams in the last five years not to forget inefficient governance (primary education neglected, the Volkswagen scam just to name a couple). You must be right in quoting the talk praising pavala vaddi scheme and i don't think you'd deny the DWCRA success!

with a flurry of projects that are started, I fear we'll be short of funds and if you observe the % of state budget allocated to technical education, its pathetic! it is 0.20% !! I only hope we don't end up of resources for the next generation

Source: http://budget.ap.gov.in/Glance09.pdf

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HARISH said...

May be i'm a bit late to comment on this post,but i still like to.

In many ways,Congress at centre is better than NDA..call it because of its securalism,govt body with strong personalities(Manmohan,Sonia,Rahul,Pranab...etc)
But still there is a lot to be done for UPA in coming years.
A secular party with strong majority makes them easy to work and make decisions without much opposition.(As happened with Nuclear Deal from Left)

Coming to AP,i was totally disappointed with the results.I was expecting CB Naidu to power.Having done the campaigning with stars like Balakrishna,Jr.NTR,Hari Krishna..it din't work for them.Who is to be blamed for their loss?
Actually,i think Congress won by default.Having a look at statistics,Congress secured 36.56%,TDP 28.12% and others nearly 36% of total votes polled.So,a party that got nearly 64%(TDP+others percentage)of votes against is into power.This clearly shows the opposition against the prev govt.
So are we really electing our representatives?

Srchttp://eci.nic.in/results_ae/frmPercentVotesPartyWiseChart.aspx

dolphin said...

@harish
right views!