Jai Ho!For a Progressive Government

The largest democracy in the world has a new government in place, albeit one that seems set to be self propelled through the next five years

The exit polls had predicted a close game between the NDA and the UPA. The NDTV exit poll however seemed to suggest a slightly wider majority for the UPA. As one who has been groomed to support the Congress through life, I chose to accept this verdict and through the next day, parked myself in front of  www.ndtv.com, watching the results unfold.

And what a win it was…from 216 to 242 to 256 to 261…a clear mandate handed over to an incumbent government.

Personally, as a minority and bred in the city, I could never think of voting for the BJP. Over the years their treatment of hindutva has only caused fear and made me unsure of my right to leading the life of an Indian national . Modi’s development at the cost of the riots is no development at all. The incidents in Orissa,Bangalore, Mangalore, Varun’s hate speech all add up to one logical conclusion: They dont deserve to be in power

L.K Advani’s face was splashed all over the media. Obama type campaigns were run all across the internet to the point they started interfering. People wanted answers not propaganda, people wanted conversations not faces staring out of screens through Google adwords.The Twitter and blogging campaigns were full of propaganda ” We did this and that and…”As it is, with only 5% of the population online and with a significant proportion of the lot not voting, the internet campaign did not make sense in the first place.

L.K Advani was projected to be the face of change. A lifetime of his politics couldnt change the country and he expects to do it now. I would much rather go with the younger faces of the UPA who define change as giving empowerment and employment to the poor, as changing the very way in which the country is governed. I would much rather go with a prime minister who understands the health of the country and has the experience of nursing it back to health. I would much rather go with a prime minister who performs rather than challenge others to mindless debates!!

With the likes of SP, RJD and the BSP safely out of the picture its “Jai ho” for positive change and for a better India 


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