‘What a mockery of democracy in India! The pressures of changing times, a constant battle to survive and a sickening political tug of war have made the common definitions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ very subjective. Sadly, the focus is not about doing the right, as defined universally; the focus is on grabbing power and then, shamelessly, showing it off boisterously. Politicians live in a world of their own, far remote from the common person whom they are meant to serve. Instead of servitude, they acquire unethical lordship over common people.
Many proverbs become relevant in the context of Indian politics and the Indian election process:
- Money makes the mare go.
- Might is right.
- Show me the face and I’ll show you the rules.
- Everything is fair in love and war.
- The end justifies the means.
- Grab power by hook or by crook.
Perhaps, the Indian politicians have forgotten the following time-proven wise sayings:
- Honesty is the best policy.
- Two wrongs do not make one right.
- What goes around comes around.
- Pride hath a fall.
- What goes up comes down.
- Life goes in a circle.
- Time and tide wait for none.
- This will also pass.
- Life is a great leveller.
- One eventually fall on one’s own sword.
- Arrogance leads one to commit political suicide.
- One who digs a pit for others himself falls into it.
India may be fast tracking to anarchy – her political infrastructures appears to be trying its best to disintegrate this gigantic nation of 1.35 billion people back to its original 565 princely states of 1947. This has happened in Kashmir, which never regained stability post the state-sponsored mass rigged state elections of 1987 /1988.
Albeit painfully, I had to add a few more pages to the manuscript of my forthcoming book on India – to describe and comment on the laughable Karnataka election episode – for strengthening the main argument in my book that India needs an urgent and drastic transformation before more water flows under the bridge. As an analogy, when a rundown house loses its functionality and it becomes impractical to keep repairing its every nook and corner, it is more prudent to raze it to the ground and construct a new house in its place. The Indian political infrastructure is definitely in shambles and needs to be deconstructed.
The Karnataka state election episode, definitely worth a thriller movie script, was timely and perhaps God-sent for my book. The coming days and weeks in India will be equally and possibly much more comical. The next year’s general elections will undoubtedly define the permanent fate of the country.
Elections are fought solely for power and not for serving the general population. It is mind boggling to see the amount of money that is allegedly being spent for first buying the people’s votes, then the seats and, finally, the elected lawmakers during horse-trading. No wonder, India remains to be a poor country, despite many cheap lipsticks in the form of shopping malls and luxurious lifestyle of the neo-rich and the famous.
But who cares? The common person in India goes about his / her daily business to survive and can’t afford the time to fix the issues. Survival acquires a paramount importance.The media remains in business and mainly concerns itself with its rating. The social media remains abuzz with a comic excitement, but nothing substantial; lots of lies are being manufactured and doctored on purpose and spread on the social media to poison the community, cause social strife and malign the politicians and their parties. And the politicians very cleverly and quietly, and sometimes not so cleverly or quietly, rather foolishly, keep doing what they know best – divide and rule, gather wealth and consolidate power.’ … Bill K Koul