Emergic: Rajesh Jain's Blog

Emergic: Rajesh Jain's Blog header image 2

State of the Nation – Part 1

June 27th, 2011 · 5 Comments

It is an interesting time to be in India and follow the political games that are being played out. The sentiment that is now on the increase is ABC – Anything But Congress. Luckily for the Congress, national elections are not due for another three years. At the same time, while this should have helped the BJP, the primary opposition party, the reality is that there doesn’t seem to be any sort of wave in its favour. We are in what I can only think of as a “None of the Above” situation.

With this background, it becomes easier to put in perspective what is happening. Since the BJP hasn’t been able to capitalise on the ABC environment, this has only emboldened the Congress because in India, the default vote for the most part stays with the Congress. As a result, instead of us getting into a positive feedback loop of improving governance, we are now in a negative spiral with complete lack of leadership and absolute silence.

2014 is still a long way out. Fasting for specific objectives seems to be in vogue, even though the efforts only result in failure. Corruption for the most part continues unabated. Decision-making has ground to a halt. The economy is running on auto-pilot. And in this, the 20th year of liberalisation of the Indian economy, commentators have started talking of going back to the 1970s with the populist policies.

That this is not the way a country should be governed is quite clear. What is not so clear is how we get ourselves out of this situation.

Continued tomorrow.

Tags: Uncategorized

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Aravind // Jun 27, 2011 at 5:59 am

    What we need is a pre-poll BJP-led coalition that makes the following planks in the agenda:
    1. Decentralize governance away from PM and CM – third-tier govts
    2. Streamline delivery of public services to poor by Conditional Cash Transfer model.
    3. State-level manifestos for development of all regions of all states.
    4. Focus on health and education and eliminate govt from holding investments in airlines and non-essential areas of governance.
    5. Restore authrotiy of PMO and abolish NAC.

  • 2 pranav // Jun 27, 2011 at 7:13 am

    The middle India is convinced that the way out is to show the door to proxy head.however this is not going to help as we are minority.those who really need the change , they donot understand.they get carried away by the corrupt media opinions,short term populist rheoterics by the politicians.we all should srart

  • 3 pranav // Jun 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

    The middle India is convinced that the way out is to show the door to proxy head.however this is not going to help as we are minority.those who really need the change , they donot understand.they get carried away by the corrupt media opinions,short term populist rheoterics by the politicians.we all should start educating these group who work at our places or live in the surroundings sorbet understand what is good for all in long term.

  • 4 Piyush Ranjan // Jun 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Is this really what India wants ? We cannot be sure. Most of the protests were in urban India. Rural India is more or less silent. Even bhatta parsual was clearly staged.

    Do not count on TV news reports

  • 5 mockingbuddha // Jun 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Dare to be the Anything But?

    Even as India thirsts for change, there are sadly no leaders to satisfy it. Whom will the mantle fall on, and who will be ready to take it?

    One of the major problems is that the people who aspire for political headshine and power are quite naive about the essence of real politik, about herding people to the destination that is optimal. Real politik is not only about dreaming, but also about being rooted in reality.

    It is not an easy job, but the conditions that can throw up a new leader are falling into place. Would be interesting to see who can capture the moment, and therefore the crown.

    Would be nice to see Rajesh write about a set of guiding principles for tomorrows leaders…it could be a learning experience both for Rajesh and for those who aspire to lead India to its natural place at the world’s summit.

    Can we have a series on New India, New Leadership?

Leave a Comment