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Elections 2009: A Fascinating Contest

March 23rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

It is amazing to see the daily dueling between various political parties. The only thing that seems to matter is their desire to maximise seats in the Lok Sabha (especially for the smaller, regional parties) so that the ‘bargaining’ power is higher after the results are declared. As someone put it, the real elections will start after the elections are over.

Almost every permutation and combination is possible, except perhaps the BJP and Congress supporting such other, and the Left supporting the BJP. This is one of those elections where every senior leader thinks they have a fair chance of becoming Prime Minister.

I just hope the Indian electorate is smart enough to see through all of these machinations, and vote sensibly. At a time when we face a multitude of challenges, we need a government that is stable, can make bold decisions, and will not be held hostage by some of the smaller parties greedy for power.

As part of Friends of BJP, I am getting to see and understand Indian politics up close. And that’s helping me think through what changes people like us can do and how we can go about doing it. I will write more on this in the days to come.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Varun // Mar 23, 2009 at 7:58 am

    The average cost of running for a LS seat is Rs 50 crore. The EC allows you officially spend just Rs 25 lacs

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  • 3 udaya // Mar 24, 2009 at 6:53 pm


    I have been to the Friends of BJP site and find the name to be something of a misnomer. It is gratifying to see that it remains saner than what one would expect given the circumstances, a credit to you and your team.

    In general the site does discuss real issues, even if they are at times colored from a partisan viewpoint. It is recommended visiting for all those who have India’s interests at heart. Keep up the good work…

    In retrospect, it only occurs to me that you should have really started a Friends of India site, rather than this, because there is an underlying idealism inside you all, a pan Indian idealism that seeks a good life for every Indian and a wish to create the goodness that you have been privy to, courtesy the IT and general boom, to all its citizens.

    Such idealism is often wasted in murky political waters, but when channelised properly can create and drive new political orientations. Good luck!

    To me it appears that you are all BJP simply because the Congress has failed to show either action or imagination in its recent tenure, something that characterised the Rao and Vajpayee adminsitrations.

    But there is also some consolation for us; those of us who see the BJP as merely thuggery gone insane have reason to rejoice, by your presence and activism you are injecting a note of sanity into the whole proceedings. Better your vison of India than Uma Bharati’s .

    I guess the deadbags who measure Muslim rates of birth are unlikely to consider such sane stances now, but change will come, if but slowly and I am glad that you are being a good catalyst to it.

    Keep up the good work,



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