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Elections 2009: Middle India Needs to Come Together

March 9th, 2009 · 57 Comments

Politicians and therefore the governments they form divide India into two distinct fragments. On one of them, governments and politicians lavish an amazing amount of attention, with the interest rising as the elections draw nearer. They feed this India to feed themselves. This is the India they are immersed in because it benefits them. This is an India they interfere with because it gives them their power. This is the India whose value lies in the votes that it offers. This is Meddle India – an India that the people in power love to meddle with, an India that cannot survive on its own, an India that is constantly on dole from one government scheme or another. This is an India that even after 60 years of our own government is kept poor because it keeps the politicians rich. This is an India that 60 years after the British left is still ruled.

Then, there is the other India. This is an India that our government and politicians broadly ignore. This is an India that doesn’t vote based on promises – because there are none. (In fact, this is an India that barely votes.) This is an India whose voice is not heard because it doesn’t talk. This is an India that can be found in the cities, but is lost because it has no leadership. This is an India that has dreams, but finds obstacles put at every step. This is the India we live in. This is Middle India – an India that can be the engine for growth but is denied power, an India that can be the workhorse for the world but is denied proper education, an India that can be the entrepreneurial capital of the world but is denied connectivity. This is an India that was born free, but is still held captive by a government that knows no better. This is an India that 60 years after the British left is still seeking not to be ruled but be led.

Every five years, there comes an opportunity for both Indias to speak up. Meddle India casts its vote based on transactional arrangements (free rice, free TV, and now free cash) because that has been the norm. Middle India either doesn’t cast its vote or is forced to choose the lesser of the evils at the ballot box, knowing fully well that it is an exercise in futility.

This April-May, we have yet another such opportunity. And this time, Middle India can make a difference. We are 400 million of us. We may not have one voice, but we have a common dream – of an India with more economic freedom, of an India with more personal freedom, of an India where education matters, of an India where good governance is the norm rather than the exception. This time, our continued silence will not help us. We need to come together and make a choice that takes us forward and makes our dreams come true.

Also see: Atanu Dey’s “An Urban Voter’s Manifesto”

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57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Global Voices Online » ‘Middle India’ can make a difference // Mar 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    […] Jain at Emergic opines that the 400 million strong Middle India, whose voices are not heard and who do not get the […]

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  • 3 Will ‘Middle India’ ask for change? | DesiPundit // Mar 10, 2009 at 1:50 am

    […] Jain at Emergic calls upon the 400-million-strong and largely silent Middle India to make a difference this coming […]

  • 4 Sharada Nayak // Mar 12, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I have voted in every election. I am not sureI have made a difference. My efforts, I hope, are more fruitful when I speak out, to young people, to students, arguing, enlightening and trying to convince them that their awareness is the key to change.
    My disillusionment lies in the candidates they are asked to choose from.

  • 5 santoshgupta // Mar 25, 2009 at 11:37 am

    ysr &upa govts rules waste scam govts.upa making public fools for waste govt terrorism increasein 5yrsrule.land scam in state govt of ysr.am admi is making fools to public election manifeto.plz voters change govt by poll your vote for ndagovt

  • 6 India 2009 Elections // Mar 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    middle class does have the power, but somehow or the other it always gets fooled by religion politics, and illogical poll promises such as 3 rs a kg rice.

  • 7 Elections 2009: Up Close // Mar 30, 2009 at 5:00 am

    […] Even as we understand the reality of Indian politics, we are brainstorming on the role we in Middle India can play to transform and re-invent Indian politics and […]

  • 8 Elections 2009: Up Close : Friends of BJP — Because India Deserves Better // Apr 1, 2009 at 5:34 am

    […] Even as we understand the reality of Indian politics, we are brainstorming on the role we in Middle India can play to transform and re-invent Indian politics and […]

  • 9 k.a.palaniappan // Apr 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    it is midle india that isgoing to give india good party good government and good histoery the world. who is there but you to lead. what is the time but this miniute . which is the way but true and sacrifial life of yours. so form a team to bring all atonce. you brother of action and sacrifice. 9841007094.

  • 10 No Giants, but Windmills « Mocking Buddha - The Blog // Apr 8, 2009 at 4:02 am

    […] a committed group of aspirational but muddle headed people have been clamoring to have us, the Middle India, vote for […]

  • 11 Ramesh // May 13, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I congratulate ur icon respected Advaniji for inspiring his colleagues to give a very strong fight in the elections that has turned the table, not only keepiing his flock united but brought into fold many others, contrary to the UPA leadership failure in doing so, and all this despite the hostile media, the so called intelligentsia clan, the sycophants- RIGHTS ACTIVIST under proclaimed pseudo secular cloak and the political parties like Congress, CPI, CPM, FB, SP, RJD, LJP, BJD, DMK, ML…………. I think, he is sure to be our next PM. I send my congratulations in advance.

  • 12 It’s Up To Us Now - Part 16 // May 31, 2010 at 5:00 am

    […] Experiences (Mar 24) – A Fascinating Contest (Mar 23) – Indian Political History Books (Mar 11) – Middle India Needs to Come Together (Mar 9) – A Manifesto for Middle India (Mar 5) – Engaging Ourselves (Mar 3) – An Opportunity to […]

  • 13 mytravelindiaguide // Dec 20, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I think India needs a lot of development in Central part of the country. In the past we have seen west and south of india doing well but central and east india are just not taking part in the economic development of India.

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