Friday, November 19, 2010
Vijay Simha's Tehelka Column - What Indians politically do wrong
While not sure about every aspect, still felt this is something we should rethink about. The thing is, we do know all this but what actually prevents us from doing what is right?
Blinded by powerful families, we vote for them continually though our conscience must say no.
DON’T REWARD FIGHTERS
The CPI(ML) has been seeking a clean Bihar for years. They don’t get more than a handful of seats.
IGNORE WORTHY NOMINEES
Manmohan Singh lost by 29,999 votes in the 1999 South Delhi Lok Sabha election. Hasn’t contested since.
DON’T CHANGE VOTING HABITS
Grandfathers voted for Indira. We vote for Sonia and Rahul. The world has changed in between.
GIVE UNDUE CREDIT
The Congress didn’t do CNG in Delhi. The Supreme Court did.
DON’T STAND AS ONE
Thirty-seven parties in the Lok Sabha and 29 in the Rajya Sabha. Can get crazy, like in Jharkhand.
Can’t step out, for causes or for voting. So, we minimise who we are.
The BJP in Gujarat after 2002. The Left for 33 years in West Bengal. Chamling since 1994 in Sikkim.
CHOOSE PERSONALITIES, NOT POLICIES
Amitabh. Dharmendra. Azharuddin. Jayaprada. Not liberalisation, Article 370, RTI, women’s reservation.
Liquor. Money. Land. Jobs. And sundry other favours. We are fine with it. They are fine with it.
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