Elections in India are always fun. No one really knows how voters think, and yet everyone tries to speculate. Voters get wooed in multiple different ways through all kind of sops. It is both political theatre and a celebration of democracy, as commentators repeatedly remind us. And every bunch of state elections is a “semi-final” for something or the other.
And so we have yet another exciting electoral extravaganza in store for us. All national decision making is in suspended animation till the results are declared on March 4, and the Uttar Pradesh scenario plays itself out. In a frenzied way, we are fed stories every day of the caste calculus, and which way the winds of change are blowing.
The other four states – Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa – suffer by comparison to UP. And yet they are also important. A lot has happened in the past year in India, and people now get to vote. Each state has its own dynamics, so it may be hard to decipher a national mood, but there will be plenty of indications as to what people are thinking.