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Danda Democracy

Danda Democracy

I always regret not having studied Political Science, having been schooled in a day and age when it was sacrilege to even think of anything except PCM (Physics Chemistry Math) if you were a boy and PCB (Physics Chemistry Biology) if you were a girl. So my knowledge of what comprises a Democracy is very basic, gleaned from the little Civics studied up to tenth grade. Subsequent attempts to expand that knowledge by reading Fukuyama … Read entire article »

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A Modi voter replies

A Modi voter replies

Dear Aakar Patel, I am a Modi voter, and I will try and answer some of the questions you put to me yesterday (A few questions for the Modi voter). First a little bit about myself, just to clear your apparent misconceptions about who I am. I am one of the 167.5 million Indians who voted for BJP / NDA, primarily to see Modi become the prime minister. Contrary to what you seem to believe, I am … Read entire article »

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Elections : A Case Study

Disclaimer – The situation and characters in this case study are entirely fictional and resemblance, if any, to any individuals or organizations is purely coincidental. The company in which you are a shareholder has been having a poor run in the past few years. What had seemed to be a money spinner with promising growth just a few years ago is struggling to even break even. There have been recent instances of some of the senior management being involved in serious misdealings. The CEO, though apparently a very honest and capable person, has not been able to exercise any modicum of leadership to stem the rot that has gripped the company. The water-fountain gossip is that he is merely a puppet in the hand of the family that owns the business. You … Read entire article »

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Who stands to lose?

In the past few years television debates between politicians of various dispensations reinforced one thing loudly and clearly. Amidst all the hand wringing, finger pointing and name calling, the message that came through was this. In the opinion of politicians, the common citizen of this country is a simpleton with a single digit IQ. Someone with a very short memory, someone they can continue to fool and heap indignities upon day after day, while in turn the hapless people will continue to repose blind faith in them. They wanted us to believe that businessmen offer interest free loans to them without any quid pro quo. That their astute investments and extremely productive agricultural assets have been the reasons behind the almost universal rise in net worth amongst politicians of all shapes … Read entire article »

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Congress Commission for Women?

As per news reports, the National Commission for Women is sending a notice to Gujarat government on the alleged ‘snooping’ case. The commission is well within its rights to do so, as the custodian watchdog of women’s rights in the country. Having said that, it is also the commission’s sacred duty to act in a completely non-partisan manner. However, the manner in which the National Commission of Women has been selectively picking up cases to take cognizance of indicates otherwise. The commission did not consider it necessary to send any notice against the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien,  against whom serious allegations of raping a minor exist. It did not even suggest that he step down from the post till the allegations against him are investigated. Similarly, the Congress leader … Read entire article »

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Do you REALLY ‘Like’ me?

Politicians in India have discovered social media with a vengeance. After the runaway success of the initial forays of a few, and abject failure of others to control free expression, the political herd is now aspiring to graze on the green pastures of facebook and twitter. Latest to hit the news is Ashok Gehlot, the Congress Chief Minister of Rajasthan – though not for the right reasons. He has apparently gained sudden popularity on facebook, attracting over one lakh followers in one month. The bad news is that he has more followers in Istanbul than in Jaipur. One had heard of politicians buying votes, but spending money to receive virtual ‘likes’ from people who are not even part of the electorate doesn’t indicate political acumen, or even common sense. Actually, … Read entire article »

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Playing Neta Neta

Playing Neta Neta

Dear Rahul Gee, I am sure you must be quite miffed with Salman uncle. What business does he have to try and force your hand (no, not the party symbol)? What does he mean by trying to imply that you need to take a more active role? Aren’t you doing enough already? What a party pooper. We all saw your earnest efforts in the UP elections. So what if your party lost badly – at least you … Read entire article »

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Actions speak louder than words

Dear Rahul Gee, You say, “I am ready to give it in writing that I’ll change the face of the state if you vote the Congress to power. I want to see it as the most developed state,” Wonderful sentiment. and great commitment. But the question that rises in my mind is – why wait for UP to elect your party to power? Your party already have state governments independently and in coalition in many states. Why not let your actions speak louder than words and showcase how these states have performed vis a vis states ruled by other parties? Won’t that sound more convincing – concrete proof of proven track record, rather than dreamy rosy promises of the future? Actually, and unfortunately, the track record is not so encouraging. As per the … Read entire article »

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