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January 22nd, 2009 · 21 Comments

Like probably everyone else, I watched the inauguration on Tuesday night on TV, and after I long time in recent times, I felt jealous of America – that they have  elected a person like Obama, who in turn has put a ‘dream team’ in place to lead and is bringing in a new attitude and mindset to governance. And here we are in India, where our politicians cannot articulate a vision to bring back the greatness that once was ours, cannot put the most competent people to lead the nation, cannot put in place the right policies. I feel sad because the problems in India are our own making, and we cannot seem to figure out a way to get out of the mess.

The next elections offer us a way out. It is a moment in India’s history where we the voters need to think hard about the kind of people we elect, the kind of party we put in the centre, and  the kind of policies we want. We have to be part of our own future. We need a government for the people. And for that, we cannot remain silent anymore — we need to use technology tools to organise and make ourselves heard.

Obama has ignited hope not just in Americans but many globally — a hope that a government may actually be able to do good. We need to turn the hope that lies within us to reality. We cannot afford to lose another five years. We deserve a better future. And, we have to be part of the writing of our own history.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mukund R // Jan 22, 2009 at 8:51 am

    It will never happen in the near future. It is a process of evolution for the general public to think straight on issues that matter. Right now, caste, freebies (doesn’t matter if they get fooled every single time), religion, _____ and the amount of free liquor and gondaas on election eve still determine the winner. That being said, my vote goes to the BJP.

  • 2 antariksh patel // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Dont expect anything miraculous this summer. It is going to be the same age old cast and creed politics and politicizing big and small issues in a manner that shall benefit nobody else but the parties.

    Indians who watched the swearing in of Obama or who use technology consist only a fraction of the population. ultimately, its the rural India thts going to decide who’s gonna rule for next 5 yrs, just like last time. and while voting, rural India considers Bijli, Paani, Sadak and also cast and creed. educating them is the only solution to allow them to think beyond petty politics.

    urban Indians can, however, make their presence felt by voting the right candidates.

    i m not much hopeful of the election this time either.

    whether we accept it or not, it will take courage and sacrifice on the part of some educated, intelligent, patriotic, men & women to change the way the country is run. n i accept the fact tht i dont have tht courage.

    lets just stop sending mails tht we need Obama-like leaders and start trying to be one. Even if we have a 100th part of the ability and vision of Obama (or any good leader), things can be changed with 100 such people.

    loveliest thing abt democracy is tht we get leaders from among ourselves, we get leaders tht we deserve. accept tht fact tht we deserve Shibu Sorens & Lalu Yadavs, Mulayams & Advanis….
    things r not gonna change until we change.

    its on my shoulder to change my India. period.

    I pray god to give India great leaders.

    regards
    -antariksh

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  • 4 Srikant Jakilinki // Jan 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Nice comment Antariksh. Unless one takes the onus to be part of the solution, there is absolutely no point in brooding over the state of affairs or blaming the government or the people or wanting others to do the hard work.

    We seem to have just too many intellectuals going about who can write about problems and solutions till the cows come home.

  • 5 Vishal Singh // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    The key will be how quick Obama will be able to learn from his failures- which will be many, given the turmoil in financial markets. The risk is there are very high hopes for Obama and he may not be able to fulfill the high expectations of people.
    For us getting an Obama is a dream for now.

    Vishal

  • 6 R Gopu // Jul 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Do you still feel the same way about Obama? He has continued Bush’s policies on torture, drone bombing, super surveillance, intrusive airport security, massive government spending, (visa denial to Narendra Modi?) etc. He’s outspoken against outsourcing, surrendering to Taliban & Pakistan, clueless on Russia, supervising a spying program Stalin could not dream of, explosive inflation. Huge disappointment, but loved to death by cowardly media.

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