Why the NOTA is relevant

NOTE: This article was originally written for Glasnost, NLU Delhi’s Independent Student Newspaper. Kindly take out a few moments and check out the work. It is amazing.

The Supreme Court of India has in the past few decades notoriously acquired a name for being extremely active in the functioning of the nation. What we today label as “judicial activism” has become a norm for the apex court of our country. May it be creating guidelines or law of the land via judicial pronouncements or criticising (or as critics put it, ‘interfering’) with the functioning of the executive, the top court of our nation has become a rather overbearing guardian of the citizenry which seeks its doors for justice. Last year, in one of its yet another “landmark judgments”, the Supreme Court directed the Election Commission of India to provide the “none of the above” or NOTA option to voters. In a PIL filed by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, the question brought up in front of a three member bench of the apex court was whether a voter’s decision to not cast a vote, which subsequently resulted in the voter’s identity being specially noted by the Presiding officer, was violative of the norm of a secret ballot and whether this violated article 19 of the Constitution of India.

Ever since its implementation, NOTA has seen almost minimal usage. The average exercise of the NOTA has been roughly 4% per constituency(As reported in The Mint at http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/b6ZPsuUYS2G3fWR2KItpaJ/Is-NOTA-serving-any-purpose.html ). This coupled, with the fact that NOTA does not entail a empowering right to recall or right to reject, has led to a plethora of criticism and ridicule being directed in the direction of this rather forward looking step. This stems from a popular example that is widely used across the media:

Even if 90 voters in an electorate of 100 persons press the NOTA button, the poll will be decided in favour of the candidate who gets the maximum of the remaining 10 votes

Here’s why I believe that NOTA is actually not a huge waste but to the contrary an extremely vital requirement in a democracy as varied as ours. Firstly, I want to discard the over exaggerated example right away by drawing a simple parallel to a holistic and realistic outlook. Most of India’s electorate holds a certain opinion about politicians which maybe be crudely worded in the Hindi phrase “sab chor hain” . Despite this, almost everyone prefers a particular party, candidate or ideology over the other. At ground reality, there is hardly anyone who wishes to take his or her cynicism to extreme levels of deciding to not have any candidate rather than choosing from what is available. This is clearly reflected in the above mentioned statistics. But the essential point that needs to be addressed is that as a democracy, we need to give voice to each distinctive opinion, however small its number maybe. Earlier the procedure to “not vote” was governed by section 49(O) of the Representation of People Act which infringed upon a voter’s right to cast his vote anonymously or as popularly called, the secret ballot process was not being extended to its entirety as a certain number of voters were forced to disclose their identity and more importantly, the political opinion associated with the aforementioned identity. The introduction of the NOTA has solved this crucial problem.

Secondly, we can gauge the importance of the NOTA from the vehement opposition offered by the State to its introduction. “The government had probably sensed the potential of the proposal being upgraded to a ‘right to reject’ all candidates in the future, which would invalidate any election where the negative voting option has been exercised in over 50% cases,” a former bureaucrat pointed out when the government’s legal resistance had become public. The Supreme Court of India has constantly been liberal in interpreting the laws of this nation and has truly upheld its duty as guardian of the Constitution. The fact that NOTA is a part of a voter’s choice has led to calls for stronger options such as right to reject or right to recall, whose feasibility I admit, is still under debate, but the rather important caveat is the legitimatization of the debate and the increased realistic expectation of achieving it.

Lastly, I would like to address the idealistic aspect. The NOTA, like many things in this nation, is an idealistic and symbolic gesture. The entire purpose of this option is not to waste election funds or give leeway for anarchy or express cynicism. It is simply a way by which a voter can express his discontent at the candidates from his or her constituency in a manner that ensures anonymity and protects his or her identity. There maybe multiple reasons apart from the one mentioned here for a voter to exercise NOTA. One of my friends recently exercised the NOTA because the only acceptable candidate from his constituency belonged to a party which he believed wasn’t ready for participating in governance at the central level. NOTA provides the Indian electorate to express its political views in a more precise manner by essentially granting them the much needed abstention option along with the traditional choices between A and B.

Maybe it is time for the world’s largest democracy to regard the election process with optimistic idealism rather than crude cynicism which in the end, never serves a purpose.

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Andhon Mein Kaana Raja Kaun?

NOTE: This article was originally written for Glasnost, NLU Delhi’s Independent Student Newspaper. Kindly take out a few moments and check out the work. It is amazing.

With the Lok Sabha elections announced for next month, the political arena is heating up as each moment passes and frankly, all that has resulted is a mesh of accusations, assumptions, inane policy predictions and the unique “I may not be right but he is wrong” culture seen only in Indian politics. If you don’t believe me, just look at the options you have in front of you and you’ll be left flummoxed.

First, we have Mr. Modi, incumbent chief minister of Gujarat and the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party who to his credit has the state of Gujarat to showcase, having run the state for 12 years straight now, loosely based on the ideals of the economist Bhagwati. Charismatic and a powerful orator who connects easily with the grass root voters of the country, Modi has his own anchors pulling him down. These include, but are not limited to the Godhra riots and the Ishrat Jahan case. Now I am sure that there are those amongst you who on reading the above statement begun shouting, “Modi bhai ko SIT ne clean chit diya.” The very fact that members of his Council of Ministers were indicted for crimes (for those who are unaware, I refer to the infamous conviction of Maya Kodnani), is enough to suggest his compliance in the acts. I refuse to believe that he had no idea what they were doing or that he had not authorised those actions. Moreover, if it is true that the massacre happened without him giving the go ahead for these horrendous actions, I have reservations making him the leader of our nation. A man who cannot control his own cabinet at the state level should absolutely not be allowed to take charge at the national level.

Moving on to our second candidate, the scion of the Gandhi family, or as he calls himself, “the outsider to the system who was forced into politics”, Rahul Gandhi. He has been a member of the Lok Sabha from the constituency of Amethi since 2004 and has held important posts in the Indian National Congress (INC), with his recent elevation to Vice-President being a key indicator to his importance in the upcoming elections. Although the INC has not declared him to be the official Prime Ministerial candidate (they choose to stick behind a new argument the party deems appropriate – a political party is no one to announce a PM candidate, the elected MPs shall wisely and democratically choose one. A nice argument which holds up in theory but clearly fails in practical application), many senior members of the party have already declared that they would be happy to see him as the PM. Considering the announcement by our incumbent Dr. Manmohan Singh deciding not to run for his position in the upcoming term, indicators point towards Rahul Gandhi leading the nation if the Congress and its allies come to power. Now here is the major problem which troubles me. A few months ago, I researched our honourable MP and came up with some startling statistics. Apart from being a member of the Lok Sabha, he has no major victory to his credit. He has not held a berth in the Council of Ministers. He has a shabby record of 41% attendance when compared to the average of 77% attendance put in by our legislators. He has barely asked any questions during the UPA-II term i.e. 2009-present. In fact, this is a polite understatement as the number stands at zero compared to an average of 235 per lawmaker. This coupled with his recent interview with the nation’s second PM (Arnab Goswami, of course) where he spoke about his views on everything except women empowerment and how the Congress brought in RTI (or was it the other way around?) results in a worrisome situation for our nation if he is chosen to lead the nation. I give him that he seems earnest and innocent but he seems to forget that it is his own party that he badly needs to fix to gain the good side of the populace.

The third choice for the nation is the ex-Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. With a vow to contest over 300 seats, the Aam Aadmi Party is now a reasonable contender in what now seems to be a Fatal Four-way. Using an anti-corruption motto as their ideal, the AAP started off as the underdog but the acts of their government in the short 49 day stint have been brought under question, especially by a major segment of the ‘middle class’, one of their targeted vote banks. It would be interesting to see how Mr. Kejriwal and his party fare in the next Lok Sabha. We may look forward to all-night-dharnas in the Parliament well.

The next and probably the last available alternative is the recently announced ‘federal front’ which consists of regional political parties such as SP, JD(U), JD(S), AIADMK and the Left. A motley gang of big-shots in individual states, this alliance currently commands a respectable number of seats in the Parliament and thus forms a clear alternative. However the issue becomes clear when we consider the Cabinet and the Prime Ministerial crown itself. Each party stalwart has professed ambitions for the top post but given the fact that it is a position which can only be held by one of them, choosing numero uno would be a mess. It is not that we haven’t seen this in the past. Each federal front government has collapsed without completing its term, and frankly, stability is something this country needs in its governance.

Election Candidates for 2014

So where does this leave us? Each option has its own pros and cons, but at the end of the day the decision we have to make is far more monumental than choosing from a list on a yellow legal pad. One may argue that choosing an option with maximum pros and minimum cons will be a brilliant solution. But this leaves us in a scenario where the elected head of the government is someone whom we is merely the ‘best of the worst’ while a far more desirable result remains unattainable. 2014 is going to be a major test for this nation. I end this article by repeating something that a previous article emphasized on. Whatever you do, please do vote. It matters, it counts.

Mere Baap Ka Hai-Dynasty Politics in India

Yet another scam exposed. Some new allegations rose. Welcome to India, a nation which is now so accustomed to the emerging of allegations that gossip session topics have shifted from “Mr. Walia” to “Mr.Vadra” now. In light of Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan’s accusations, Congress leaders like Salman Khurshid have come forward to defend Mr. Robert Vadra using terms like “accusations are being raised against private citizens”. If some day Mr.Kejriwal or Mr. Bhushan alleges me of corrupt activities, will the Law Minister come forward to defend me? Am I not a “private citizen” too? Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the great political dynasty democracy of India. Although many may be quick to assume that dynasty politics is a forte strongly held only in the Congress, many other parties are guilty of the same.
India in its quest for freedom had fought the Royal Family of the Great Britain, which ironically was and is a dynastic monarchy. Our political leaders (I won’t demean the spirits of our freedom fighters by accusing all of them) slyly wove a dream for us. A utopia was projected to us where our leaders were not the oppressive mahjarajasof yore. Nor were the British oppressors to be our future leaders. We were to be a Democracy, a land where power lay with the common man.  Our Constitution also went on to give us that right. But for the sake of convenience, let us imagine that a general observer is asked to judge the style and form of our politics without any pre-hand knowledge of our so called “Democracy”. Even a stupid man would shout “Dynastic pseudo political rule” in response.
Let’s look at the facts. In 65 years of our Independence, we have had a Gandhi-Nehru family member as the Prime Minister for a whooping 37 years (Jawaharlal Nehru-17; Indira Gandhi-11+4; Rajiv Gandhi-5). This number goes up to 45 years if we include the reign of our incumbent Prime Minister. Ignoring this, let’s consider other perpetrators of the same crime. Meira Kumar, the current Speaker of the Lok Sabha, is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, one of the old house freedom fighters of India. Her current constituency (the one she won in 2004 after losing from a different constituency in the previous elections) is Sasaram, the same constituency her father won 8 consecutive (nearly 32 years) terms from. Some may argue that it may be the political party’s influence. Well, Jagjivan Ram won these elections from 3 different parties. Sasaram is a clear case of sympathy electoral and the brewing of a political family. 
Moving on to someone who has remote ties with the Indian National Congress.  Jayant Chaudhary, the introducer of the key yet controversial Land Acquisition Bill, is the son of Chaudhary Ajit Singh, the current Civil Aviation Minister of India and Party President of the Rashtriya Lok Dal(RLD). But *wait for it* he is the son of Charan Singh, a former Prime minister of India. Between them, this father-son duo has held the constituency for 10 general elections out of the 15 Lok Sabhas yet. 3 generations of the same family, involved in super important political decisions of the nation, they are a clear case of “passing the knowledge on, but only to my son”. Another three generation long political family is that of the Abdullahs in Jammu and Kashmir. The family has between all three generations held the Chief Minister’s post for 27 years!
Another case is of the Patnaiks in Orrisa. Although the link is not crystal clear yet this lack of clarity is justifiable due to the turmoil in the state. Biju Patnaik, the name sake of the BJD( currently in power under Naveen Patnaik) and his son have shared Chief Ministerial post in Orrisa for a considerable time with the junior Patnaik holding on to the post for nearly 12 years(but it would be stupid to claim that it is only family ties at work here. Clearly, his policies had a positive impact in the state).

Showcasing the BJP, it is easy to say that there is virtually no case of dynasty politics there because the old farts up at the RSS and the Top Brass of BJP has never let future generations come up. L.K Advani is one person who is as old as the Sansad Bhavan! The idiosyncrasy stands for itself!  It would be important to note that many political leaders have openly began training and inducting their offsprings into politics. Mulayam Singh nurturing Akhilesh or Parkarsh Singh Badal deputing his tasks to his son are prominent instances. Cases of nepotism are prevalent too, with the Pawar duo at the helm of it. A not so good example would be the Thackrey outfits in Maharashtra.

I merely quote these facts to point out the irony in India today. We fought for years to through over tyrants. But before the rule of the foreigners, India was always under an empire controlled by a dynasty. The Guptas, the Mauryas, the Mughals, the Rajputs etc. Looking at the current scenario of polity in India, it is safe to conclude that India is returning to its traditional pre-British roots. Specific families controlling specific regions and holding power was something that was and in all probability, shall be a continued tradition. People argue by saying “Arrey doesn’t a politician’s kid have the option of joining politics?” Of course they have complete rights to. However, when you lose seats from all constituencies which your family is not related to, no offspring has the birthright of fighting an election from their parents’ constituency.
Personally, the oddity I experience is when I ask myself the question “Is this really what Indians gave their lives for? Is this the perfect world envisaged by our founding fathers? Are we really a democracy or are we a pseudo democracy hiding behind the veil of political handing down of power?” The answer to all these questions is simple disgust. Disgust at our political leaders for adhering to this. Disgust at our current generations members (including myself) for dismissing politics. Finally, disgust at our voters, for foolishly trusting families blindly.
Today, I grieve for the future of politics of India. I hope we change. Soon, Fast and Now

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Politics Or LOLitics ; Time For A Change

NOTE: This Article Was Posted On Legally India(http://www.legallyindia.com/Blogs/Entry/politics-or-lolitics-time-for-a-change)

For the past few months, the Twitter-verse has blown up with numerous trends such as #Election2012, #Rs35Lakh etc. Corruption and elections related scams are the most frequent ones. However, to my eye, these elections by far played a subsidised role when it boils down to actual administration. Correct me if I’m wrong when I say that these elected legislators shall only be responsible for passing bills for any current or future endeavour. However, the basic executors shall remain the same obnoxious, plenteous, corrupt individuals.

Does the road sweeper belong to a political party? Should he clean the roads only if Mayawati’s government is in place and should not if Congress had won? Due to over hyped media drives; we have come to believe that a particular political party may/may not do well. Let me explain with an example. Let’s consider the crime of murder. May it be the BJP or the Congress or the Maoists or the NCP or whatever, NO political party shall pass a bill saying “Okay, Murder Is Allowed”. Every entity shall endorse criminalisation to the extremist means. But, even if certain laws are constituted, they are just a meaningless and useless bunch of papers unless they are properly enforced! In Mumbai, it’s a criminal offence to travel in a local train without a valid ticket punishable with a fine of maximum Rs.500 or a year in jail or both. To an outsider, this may resemble perfection but only an insider knows how much the railway loses every year due to criminalist hounds just due to lax enforcement by the railway officials. Simply put, having the perfect laws is not the epitome of justice even though contemporary Indian society treats it to be so.

For example, let’s consider the CSA (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill passed recently. Hailed by activists, citizens and politicians alike, I admit it is a massive step forward keeping in mind the protection of the innocent victims. But on the flip side of the coin, a pessimist questions that what if this bill is enforced but not followed?  There are numerous cases where in even the police is completely unaware of the modernistic and so called “sacrilegious” and “culture-shaming” laws. Believe it or not such cases exist. Gay couples jailed because cops are unaware or somewhat more mainstream, a couple belonging to different religions not getting police protection despite orders from the High Court( detailed in an episode of Amir Khan’s Satyamave Jayte). Now it doesn’t matter whether the Lotus is in power or the Hand, the shitty implementation remains the same. So whatever the case may be, unless we fix the administration, even a supposedly perfect constitution won’t work.

Also, noting our despairing need of intelligent law officers, whether they may be judges or lawyers or anyone else. I’m not accusing anyone but all I wish to point out that there are many examples where in our law mechanism has churned results which border on the bizarre( A Boy cannot marry until the age of 21 and can’t have sex at 18. A girl can’t have sex till 18 and can’t marry till 18. Oh! But wait! If she is Islamic, she can be married at 15. Absurd right? Can’t vote, Can’t Drink, Can’t Have Sex but Can Marry)

Coming to the issue of the inefficient administration, many note it to be a vicious circle. Corruption, low salaries etc. are some of the numerous reasons brought in. But what we forget is that the bureaucracy functions as a group i.e. it’s impossible for a single civil servant to carry out any task alone. Even if a bureaucrat tries a radical breakthrough, lack of mutual support destroys him. Earlier, films carrying story of revolution were ultra-inspiring. But slowly, everyone realised that a film is after all a film, not reality. Dibakar Banerjee’s Shanghai too showcases the same issue highlighted which is failure of an honest civil officer due to mean powerful crooks and co-workers. So what’s the solution?

Tough to say. Should we go with the idealistic “I Change, You Change, Everyone Changes!” or stick to what has been happening in our nation from the past 65 years; “Iss Desh Ka Kuch Nahi Ho Sakta”. Should we blindly trust a political party and hate its rivals or join Anna Hazare in his undemocratic but democratic revolution? Personally, I would go with the idealistic change. It may sound optimistic or farfetched, but it makes far more sense to me when compared to the other possible solutions. Also, I did have a personal experience which fuelled my belief in this theory, the irony being, I inspired myself. Once a pair of old uncles from my community had come over and coincidently it was when Anna Hazare ji was fasting for the Jan Lokpal Bill. Just before departing, the topic of discussion was corruption (inevitably).At the door one of them said, “Corruption ka kuch bhi bolo sikhate toh hum hi hain na ghar pe (call corruption whatever you want, but at the end of the day, it’s we who teach it at home!)”.I said nothing but just before I shut the door, I proudly said, “Uncle jo bhi ho, mere mummy-papa ne toh kabhi nahin sikhaya (Uncle, whatever it may be, my parents never taught me that)” and slammed the door.

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Another Person to Pres-N-Indent?

NOTE: This Article Was Posted On Legally India(http://www.legallyindia.com/Blogs/Entry/another-person-to-pres-n-indent) And On Youth Incorporated (http://www.youthincmag.com/2012/07/01/another-person-to-pres-n-indent)



The announcement of the candidature of the 13thPresident of India has shaken the roots of Indian politics. Alliances being broken, rumours being circulated and not to mention the ridiculous to the face of it opinion of choosing the Prime Minister as the President has turned the upcoming poll topsy-turvy. But in the wake of this chaos and madness, I would like to offer my take on a topic which has rarely been touched upon; “Does this really matter?”

I remember one Civics lecture where I asked my professor “Why do we need a President?” .After all, his powers were simply banal and virtually nonexistent. The nail in the coffin is that the post itself by definition is of “formal importance” and “works as a figure head”. Almost none of the decisions taken by the President are his/her own. I remember my Sir’s answer. “Arrey Beta, We were freed from UK but our political as well judicial systems remain similar. But India had nearly 635 Kings in 1947. So to avoid the mess among them, a post was created to match the monarchy of UK”.
As a keen reader, I always noted this; anything a President does, is on the advice of The Cabinet Of Ministers (headed by the Prime Minister). So basically it’s the ruling party’s will (to be blunt and crystal clear). Even shocking is the fact that the Constitution itself declares this particular issue.  Many people live under the impression that the President can overrule the Parliament. To them, I would just like to point out that technically the President DOES have the power to return a bill which has been passed in both houses(with/without suggestions), but is powerless to act in case the bill passes again(even without amendments). The President has to give his nod, no matter what. Such an issue was raised way back in 2006 when Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam sent back the Office of Profit Bill. Now, the Office of Profit Bill was one law MPs were desperate for. According to the constitution, No MP can hold an Office/Post during his/her tenure from which they may be benefitting or profiting. The OOP Bill added a list of nearly 50 exceptions to this rule which basically legalised the money-spurning of corrupt politicians. When Dr.Kalam sent back the bill with his suggestions, the bill was passed again in both houses (WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS) and Mr. Kalam was forced to sign it( although he did try to delay it by nearly 17 days but ultimately had to surrender).
A brief glimpse of history shows us that never has the President ever in history taken any major decision which was for the betterment of the nation. I agree there may be some exceptions but the crux of the matter is that our politicians get what they want to no matter what, so why the hue and cry over electing the President? Why is India so concerned over who shall sign the next bill the corrupt politicians throw at them?
What India needs is a honest, neutral President along with a modified constitution which gives the President some much needed powers. Nehru ji had justified this lack of authority by saying “ The powers if given, would create a rift between the Prime Minister, who is the Head Of The Democratically elected Prime Minister and the President, who was elected by an indirect system of voting.” But wouldn’t these powers give us a unilateral as well as decisive monitor over the top honchos of the nation who are more often than not brought under the ambit of our corrupt radar and are always proven guilty (2G Scam- A Raja; Common Wealth Games- Suresh Kalmadi; Coal Gate scam; Controversy over P Chidambaram’s Lok Sabha election and what not). Is it not our dream (and also Anna Hazare’s vociferous demand)?
In the previous paragraph, I stressed upon honesty and neutrality as a factor just because it would be of no good if our President was corrupt or party biased. We need someone with guts, someone with balls. We need someone who can shake up the machinery and actually command the power. Our current President, Prathiba Patil has a back history which is not known to us. She founded Pratibha Mahila Sahakari Bank in 1973 whose licence was revoked by the RBI in 2003(She is also one of the 34 respondents in a High Court case with regard to the misappropriation of funds). As Health Minister of Maharashtra, she had blindly ignored Human Rights by proposing compulsory Sterilisation of people with hereditary diseases. She apparently has also protected her brother, who is involved in a Murder case. If all this is not enough, we also know she is “insanely cuckoo” as she publically said that she has spoken to the spirit of Baba Lekhraj! I’m not accusing anyone but just pointing out the obvious. If I could find this in 2 hours via the Internet, imagine would a CBI investigation would do! The point that arises from these accusations is that having No President is any day better than having a bigoted, corrupt and mentally ill President.

Coming back to the crux of the matter, why is India going gaga over the next President when all he or she will do is “Sit, Sign Shit, and Then Shit”? Does it matter if it will be Pranab Mukherjee or Mohammad Amid Ansari or someone else? Logically, Yes but technically, No. Any party backed President is bound to favour one group over the other which is ethically as well as democratically incorrect. The same question pops in the Media 24/7: “Who will be the next President Of India?”.  It’s with great restrain I don’t shout “Please, a third grader with a modem could answer that; going by the current chain of events, it is bound to be a TMC, SP and Congress backed person who will eventually agree to all of Didi’s demands and pass the idiotic bills put forward by either the BJP or the Congress because no matter what, the bill will pass (if not in the first go, then definitely the second go). I guess all our MPs care about is collecting autographs. Or else what will justify their fight over choosing the next person to PRESS-N-INDENT their signature on a paper which says, The 13th President of India.
                                                                                                                                                                      

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What A Fucking Joke=India+Politics

 NOTE: This Article Was Published On Legally India (http://www.legallyindia.com/Blogs/Entry/what-a-fucking-joke-indiapolitics)  and Rajneeti.org(http://raajneeti.org/ispark/what-a-freaking-joke-indian-politics) too

“What a fucking joke!” Immortalized by Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger, this phrase holds true for the state of Indian politics today. Ministers fight over personal instead of patriotic differences while they fill personal instead of public coffers. Scams have become a common foothold for a politician and the “Honest, Hardworking politician” has become an evergreen character in Indian cinema which has to date, never been immortalized in flesh. Despair filled my heart, as during one of my numerous musings, I pondered the answer to the question “Who will I vote for when I turn 18?” In a search for the answer, I quantified the scenario today.
No political party is clean. A fact agreed upon by all. If Congress was responsible for the Emergency, BJP had an equally guilty hand in the Hindu-Muslim Riots over the years. If MNS campaigned against the North Indian populace in Mumbai, SP or BSP too has not done something overtly special for Maharashtrians either. Tamilnadu wants Sri Lanka to be tried for Human Rights violations while Their Own police officers feel that “Women invite rapists by warring indecent clothes”. So you get the gist, political parties that claims to be clean are rather the unclean one.
Next moving on to the media sensationalism of “Youth Leaders” or “The Emerging Young Leaders” or “Future Leaders”. Again I say, “What a fucking joke!” Congress’s so called youth leader, a certain Rahul Gandhi is at the ripe young age of 41. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, in a nation where nearly 58% of the population is under 30 and can be legally elected with a minimum age of 25, 41 is classified as “YOUNG”. I still remember the indignant feeling I felt when I woke up one day to the news that “Rahul Gandhi Travels via Mumbai Local Trains to Understand the Urban Transportation Problem”. Yes, the common man’s problems can easily be seen in a non-peak hour time empty train’s first class compartment with a plethora of bodyguards.
Even the Bhartiya Janta Party is not the doodh ke dhule political party they claim to be. Two porngate incidents, numerous Hindu-Muslim riots instigation and an emerging pro-Hindu Gujarati Prime Ministerial candidate who was denied a visa to USA (Chuck USA, he is not allowed in Bihar itself) are just some of the stains they have and believe you me, Yeh daag kisi ko acchhe nahin lagte.
I have not even given full credit to scams, regional parties (the main culprits behind the veiled caste system of India) and individual MPs. Also, I would be a raving idiot if I say that our country has done nothing since Independence. On the contrary we have done numerous things including some amazing growth (one of the few countries to possess nuclear weaponry, top in grain production etc to name a few). But my point is that we could have done much much more just if our politicians would have thought of patriotism instead of party-ism, and OUR money instead of MY money. Also, the extravagance of our political bureaucracy (Ask any Indian citizen what comes to mind when he imagines a political honchos office. Nearly everyone will describe a scenario of a rich, plush office with poor people pacing about for days and weeks together while Babus drive their files from here to there) has played an extremely detrimental role in demoralising our nation.
So, to answer my question, I conclude that as of now, it’s my personal gamble to vote in the best of the worst or the lesser evil, while we bide our time, learn from our mistakes and clean up our nation. To quote the movie Rang De Basanti, “Desh kaise theek hoga? Yeh Desh ka kuch nahin hoga!” ” Hoga.Hum badlenge Desh ko. IAS join karenge, politics mein entry karenge, police aur army mein bharti honge. Koi Desh perfect nahin hota. Usse perfect banana padta hai.”
I think it’s time ki hum Desh ko perfect banaye.
India's National Emblem- Satyamave Jayte

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