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.