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A Journal by Sara

To Vote – The Choice is Ours | Indian General Elections 2009

Since twentieth century, the imperialism lost its firm hold and started to give way for transition, leaving the colonial countries at their own freedom.  With the advent of Industrial Revolution, countries across the world became largely conscious on their efforts of nation building. United States, with its capitalistic model, had adopted the best of strategies and became the leader of the pack. Nation like South Korea, despite its continued tensions with North Korea, had supreme plans for its economy and infrastructure. It is now a developed economy and still the fastest growing. Japan, despite receiving the nuclear bombs on its face, worked in unison to build its nation to show the world, how to create a Japanese model of building a nation.

Many European countries moved forward, even the smaller countries started sensing the opportunity and tapped their best of potentials. India, at the same time, was agonized by the colonialism which led to people uniting to fight for their liberation. In result, 540+ princely states were united to form a grand India, glorifying the freedom attained.

India had a chance to build a nation from the scratch. India had a chance to build a nation from its 10,000-plus year old glorious civilization. India had a chance to implement the India, which stood before its continued invasion for centuries, holding at that time one-third of the world’s GDP. India had a chance, to build an India which was swept through the accolades and praises from every observer of her, in the past.

Instead, we chose the dreadful path. We mixed the system of law and governance, the model of economy and a host of others devised by various countries which suited them best. It suited their culture, it suited their people, it suited their needs, and it suited their shortcomings. Is the adoption, a result of India’s thought, that it is a land of empty, or perhaps they need to build even people from the scratch? Result, we have the chaos in front of us, which keeps hitting us on the face even if we choose to move away from it.

When the system is framed, it never took various ethnic people of India into account, their varied caste, religion, language, local interests, beliefs, comfort etc. MK Gandhi called for the dismantling of congress, as he said this party was adopted because it helped in the process of gaining independence, but now, as we have attained it, the requirements of ours is really not going to be catered by this Congress. As Congress tout, MK Gandhi as their favorite, one and only Baapu, did they listen to him in this context?

The congress committee unanimously voted for Sardar Vallabhai Patel as the first Prime Minister of India. But, MK Gandhi chose Nehru instead. Patel became Home Minister. Patel, with his steely grit, made every princely state accede for a single entity, called an imposing India. Jammu & Kashmir accession was a blunder with India failing to hit back the advancing troops of Pakistan into Kashmir. Vallabhai Patel and Menon waited for the orders from PM Jawaharlal Nehru, which surprisingly never came. Nehru again failed to save the strategic Kashmir, instead took the issue to United Nation’s court, going by Mountbatten’s word. But after taking to UN, English sided with Pakistan making it an agony for India. Result, India created a permanent wound on its head of her own efforts, which bleeds until now. It would only continue.

Nehru successfully messed the border issue, which is in every might important for India. After all, a safe and secure ally would be of strategic interest to any nation. After having messed with the security and border, he imposed his own fascination on India, bothering least on India’s needs. Needs, which are in multitude of factors. One such foremost and glaring disaster of his toy-with-India attitude is his fascination towards Soviet Union. As is the case, if he likes something and is approved by none other than himself, the country has to like it too. His fascination towards Soviet’s socialistic model had been the destiny of India in various aspects.

Let’s study a close comparison between India and its rival neighbor China. China by no means lesser to India, in terms of facing destruction before finding its feet. Japan ravaged China in the Second World War. It had its own insurgency and internal problems in the same time when India was also in the planning stage.

China, of course, is a communist country. China, of course, bore the brunt of being communist. Still, it is only China, as the years progressed, understood the real need of the nation and promoted investment of foreign funds and development of private sectors. The trade was freed up and government interventions were vastly reduced. Special Economic Zones are created as a mini no-socialism-allowed-inside zone and the development thrived. It reorganized itself as a mixed model, with communism for the governance (with its top-down approach), and the capitalistic model for building its economy. Since last 25 years, china’s growth rate is double digit and has vastly improved its physical, social and IT infrastructure. China’s success owed to its consciousness on nation building.

Flip the coin here, Nehru adopted Socialism in India. By end of 1950’s, most of the enterprises, industries, banks and every dozen others were nationalized. He introduced central planning economy with 5-year plans. His state controls and regulations impaired productivity, quality and profitability. It failed to deliver growth for common people.  India got struck to the growth rate of 2-3 percent consistently for decades up till 1990. The standards of living of destitute people never improved.

Corruption ran amok in this economic model and something of the order of anti-vigilance was never ever set-up in India to control it. Bureaucrats grew stronger demanding bribes and complacent to work fair. As the infra-structure was also nationalized, the growth in infrastructure in the successive decades is better not explained.

Even, after his loving model failed to show results for decades, he continued with his abysmal economic policies turning a blind eye to the Everest growth of the capitalistic economies around the world. His blunder never stopped with these, his policies for appeasement of specific religion, caste etc. has only succeeded in people growing divisive. Later, his daughter succeeded the throne, as the nation is always considered theirs, and went even a step stronger in creating more ties with Soviet Union. Even she failed to take a retrospective approach and encouraged her father’s ineffectual policies. The trades were largely improved with Soviet Union, and the imports were huge. This all happened with a continuous 30-year unchallenged rule, similar to the stability of an autocrat, dubious that people failed to change it.

And, when they tried to change it, Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency on India when she lost Allahabad court verdict that debarred her from parliament for six years. Media was scoffed, leaders were arrested, and the hands of the people were tied. But, that did not stop people from voting her out of throne when at last emergency gave way to democracy after 2 years. Again, in the next 2 years, people got her back, such are our surprising citizens of India, and you would always fail to judge their pulse right.

Then, came group of Gandhi’s namely Sanjay, Rajeev, Sonia, and not to mention the dozen other Gandhi’s in waiting, to tightly hold on to the kingdom created by their family legacy. The dire needs of reforms are largely ignored, and whatever reforms happened till date is also reactive instead of any pro-active measures. Until now, we had the Gandhi & Co pampering with India, through its tight hold on a Private Limited Company called Indian National Congress Pvt Ltd. What baffles me really in the past few days is the latest statistics which say, new set of 55 million people added to the ‘Below Poverty Line (BPL)’ in the last 5 Years. In my view, this is a colossal failure of the government which rules us for 50+ years.

A nation’s importance always stresses on basics remaining strong. In my view, Strong security, talented workforce, surge in employment, controlling prices, a world class infrastructure, state-of-the-art medication and alleviating poverty should be the pillars of a prosperous country. And, Congress has never given any thought to it, let alone building it.

Hence, there arises a genuine, desperate and emotional call for a new party and new government for development of India. The only party to have stayed for a full term apart from congress is BJP. During its tenure, it pushed for reforms, extensively in telecom, created a new ministry called ‘Ministry of Disinvestment’ to review and sell off the failing or failed PSUs, did test nukes and empowered our defense and security, especially safer with hostile neighbors like ours. BJP started the ambitious Golden Quadrilateral Infrastructure project which had a grand vision to connect India by world class roads and surprisingly for the first time in India, the announcement of plans is followed up with actions. The work progressed with amazing speed, that they laid 33000+ km of roads in their tenure. It is good that BJP understood the business and employment would pour only in cities which have a world class infrastructure and their planned approach towards this goal was well received among the people. To beef up the internal security, tough laws were framed namely ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act; and many failed to notice that, apart from terror strikes in their early part of the regime it was almost non-existent in their second half of rule, where the tough anti-terror laws showed fruit. And, all this achievements was done in just a single term of rule.

Everything, what I mentioned in the above paragraph was halted or reverted, including the NHDP for highways development with abysmal progress in the last 5 years, where Congress government in existence.

The age old notion among public of India that there is no alternative to Congress, had been brutally dealt with and been crushed under the roller. Certainly, it should make every Indian proud.

I sincerely, feel the power to BJP for an extended period, alone would fuel the growth of economy of India and would help us achieve inclusive growth for every citizen; BJP would make us forget the dreadful vision and failures of the past, and show the path for progress in the future, which had already started showing up in the BJP governed states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh etc. Hence, a chance in the parliament would only be helpful for BJP to extend that development all over the nation.

But, the choice is ours.

We think that none of the electoral candidate deserves to win our vote (of confidence). We also confirm that even if cast, a single vote of ours isn’t going to be decisive in the formation of government. We can wait for the utopian world that would fall closer to our reach, where the governors of people would offer perfect solutions catering to our perfect needs.

The wait is, presumably, endless. The solution, painfully, is non-existent. There would come none to raise the curtains of perplexing governance of this disordered India, giving us a glimpse of the idealism par excellence, if there really exists even one in the reality.

Your vote carries millions of meaning, and just don’t abstain from voting, the high polling percent in elections would only make government, politicians and bureaucrats to think of the growing number of people participation in nation’s cause and would push them hard to cater to every voter’s needs. The poor polling of the past has made the governments to discard the non-voters and appease the voters alone. Please, go out and vote, by doing which you get the satisfaction of having a say in your Indian Politics. That would go a long way, in caring for your concerns.

Vote BJP! Vote for the much needed change!

Again, the choice is ours.

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May 1, 2009 Posted by | India, Indian General Elections 2009, Issues, Policy/Strategies, Politics | 1 Comment