India’s Changing Political Landscape

It is fascinating how the past few months are changing the political game in India. Many things that were thought improbable are happening.

I think all of this is for good. India needs a much deeper debate – that goes beyond the thin veneer, but probes deeper. We need to discuss the governance models, we need to engage on the best ways to get hundreds of millions people out of poverty, we need to see think hard on how we are going to create tens of millions jobs rapidly for the emerging young workforce, we need to make decisions on how rapidly we are going to build the infrastructure, and so on.

For the most part, we are not getting this. But my feeling is that as the political game shifts and aspirations of people rise, this debate is going to start. And from there will emerge openings for a new language in India’s politics. 2011 will go down as the year that served as the inflexion point for making this happen.

4 thoughts on “India’s Changing Political Landscape

  1. The congress & whatever was left of it’s credibility, is in tatters. Now, if only the BJP could get it’s act together….

  2. I agree BJP has a huge opportunity. If only they can close. I am still not sure of acceptance of Modi across India.

    But 2011 could the year when we look back we would say things stared changing for good!

  3. I am not BJP but I would like to see Modi as the next PM candidate because he is the no.1 performing CM. I dont know whether BJP can find allies if Modi is their PM candidate.

  4. I am not sure about us having reached the inflexion point, but otherwise Rajesh is spot on.

    The disclaimer here because with the success of Anna’s agitation, India’s new middle class has been on an Obamaesque binge, imagining that politics and political change is s easy as 1-2-3.

    However as the Democrats have discovered, governing a nation is different from dreaming about it.

    In that sense, the civil Indian has been on a downhill slope to which Anna’s agitation was the inflexion point, albeit at the bottom of the micro hill.

    The next climb is uphill and difficult, and a climb in which optimism can only carry you so far. Asking the civil Indian for a wish for the nation will bring you more suggestions and dreams than hard boiled plans. There might be action, but little by way of debate.

    Therefore I think it highly unlikely that Rajesh will get his wish, an intelligent analysis of where India needs to be and what she should do to get there.

    This is where we need think tanks and influencers, the former to imagine, to make plans, and the latter to carry the crowd along.

    The crowd is restive, which is a much better sign than the passiveness that was a pointer for the non polity. It is receptive to new ideas, it is receptive to new leaders emerging out of the non political landscape, in a sense it is an audience waiting for a play.

    A good director can make the crowd his own, and it is our fervent wish that he not be a dictator, but a skillful statesman negotiating the complex territory that is India and the even more complex territory. which is India’s place in the new world order.

    To that, let us raise….