Transforming India Speech – Part 6

What India needs to do is something it hasn’t done in 30 years.   It needs to deliver a majority  to a single party. It needs to deliver 272 out of 543 seats to one of the national political parties.   This is because, right now,  what we have in India is  where parties of 10-20 members  of parliament, who hold policy making to a ransom.   And that cannot go on.

What this means,   is that 2014 has to become a wave election.   There has to be a national wave.    It cannot be what everyone talks about  today,  — a summation of state elections,   where every state really makes its own local decisions.

So you  got to have a situation where,  it almost becomes a presidential form of election —  where people are voting for leaders, and   ideologies and ideas, transcending across the country.

It’s not going to be easy.  You talk to political analysts today;   they will basically tell you  that it will be a coalition government once again.  One of the national parties will get 160-170 and it will have to cobble-together  another 100 seats from 5-7 political parties.   And that’s not going to work.

2 thoughts on “Transforming India Speech – Part 6

  1. India aspires. To satisfy those aspirations is not only the need of the hour, but also a linchpin upon which this country’s development will turn. 2014 is a critical election, no doubt about it.

    Political analysts are like cricket commentators, even as they expect miracles and know that they are more than likely, they base their prophecies on what has gone by, and therefore cannot be trusted, particularly on the subject of elections. The list of their failures is long.

    What is critical is to understand the under current, and to learn to tap it. Whatever ills Laloo may have had, or Mamta for that matter, what was critical was their understanding of the pulse of the people and the way to turn it to advantage. All politics, anywhere depends on this principle and in all forms of government, but for the most autocratic ones.

    India is like a gawky adolescent, growing everywhere, and in no coordinated order. It will take some time for the final shape to firm up, but then its energy, like that of the adolescent, is unmistakable.

    Then there are the technological tools that can transform, and luckily a lot of India is finding it more and more affordable.

    How do we meld the gains of technology with mind reading an active populace. How do we mesmerize a generation into having it believe that we understand them. And have the capacity to lead them?

    It needs a special kind of person, and that person, if he has to survive for long, needs to be a politician, master of people and politic.

    Till that person arrives, we are left with the duds and the have beens.

    Implicit in these writings is the assumption that just like Modi has supposedly marched Gujarat into an area of administrative and economic excellence, it is possible for him or other BJP chief ministers (sans Yeddy’s and Reddy’s) to work their magic over the whole of India.

    Also implicit is the assumption that the religious buccaneering that is the hallmark of the Hindutva brigade will be tolerated, or cheered for, come the next election.

    Nitish has already raised the banner of revolt, and it wont be long before there is a queue behind him. Gujarat may decide to live with a Godhra, but that may not be the case everywhere.

    Rather than ride on old horses, in the hope of getting to the capital quickly, Rajesh and cohorts would do well to build up a base for themselves.

    The waters of politics are always muddy, and who knows, tomorrow may be their day. If an unranked Sharapova can win Wimbledon on her first outing, why not this rag a team?

    Try, there is nothing to lose. Till then, let India wait. For a miracle!