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An India beyond vote bank politics

Vinod Naidu
Posted online: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 1526 hours IST
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2006 at 1539 hours IST

July 21:

Mumbai blasts, the Gujarat carnage, Varanasi blasts, attack on the Parliament.....will this stop in the future ? Of course it can, just bring sanity, logic, reason & transparency into governance.
But then we may begin by putting in place a system that allows election of persons with principles, some substance, integrity, and who see India for what it is - a diverse country - and are driven by a great desire to integrate this diverse nation into a single India. Too idealistic ? Not so...there are a huge number of politicians, babus, police, religious heads....etc that are secular and with a great desire to change India for the better but they are not in a position that can effect the desired change.

So, instead, our country is governed on the bases of vote bank politics, and this is, and will continue to be the greatest threat to national development, national unity, national integrity and internal security because majority of the people feel excluded and lacking in opportunity to help themselves to a better life.

The success of vote bank politics lies in maintaining the status quo of the ‘poor people’ and with this it will be hard to ring in the much needed change. It is almost impossible to wait for the ‘poor people’ to awaken. What we can do is to unite – i.e, the middle class, the ‘intellectuals’, the media, the business community, film & sports personalities, the NRI and any one with a voice should think together and get together and kick up a storm sufficient enough to change vote bank politics from being religion & caste based to being based on performance and good governance.

If this does not happen, the ‘poor masses’ will continue to be so and India will be what it is today....disunited in many areas and on many issues with rampant corruption thrown in, a fertile breeding ground for development of all kinds of militancy, with thugs running around as ‘leaders’ etc...etc.

The general public have managed to live in peace and harmony in spite of the ‘governance’ this far. It is this central character of the Indian people that is being gnawed at now and therefore It is time we go beyond passive resilience.

Perhaps we should select a day and time in the future...say August 15th , 2006 and designate 12 noon as the ‘hour of change’ wherein we organize ourselves into groups and those with a voice or are ‘popular’ or ‘famous’ or are ‘celebrities’ take the lead in peacefully demonstrating on the streets, telling the Indian politicians that dividing and ruling India as it was done is now over and that India wants, drinking water, proper roads, world class infrastructure, health care, primary and secondary schools, care for the aged etc...etc.

The rest of us can send SMS messages, emails, letters etc to every politician, the police, the babus, the ‘religious heads’ telling them that they are the main players in making India a safe, prosperous and a great super power and that this will be most beneficial to us & them and our children and their children and their children's children and not to wait for the ‘poor masses’ to wake up and demand change. The poor are so crushed they simply cannot do that now. They need our help to help themselves.

Think !!
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