POLITICAL CONDITION OF INDIA: UTOPIA VS. REALITY

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What can be a buzzier topic in India right now, if not politics? So we have just faced the most democratic event of a country, the Lok Sabha elections. These might be the hardest ever elections in the history of the country. Not because all the parties were as good as others, but the people of India doubted all of them equally. It was a tough competition initially, though didn’t prove to be so. Watching the recent polls and the results of the elections, it is tough to address the political condition of India because of its complexity. These elections will be remembered for the more than a clear majority of BJP than it ever could be, which wasn’t much expected. However, it will also be remembered for the vicious rallies and campaigning done by all the parties by blatant name calling and attempts to polarize the voters. Poll rhetoric is normal in India during elections but this time it was mere personal below the belt, leaving the voters and the citizens disappointed and wondering where the discourse was heading. On the cost of political campaigning, a number of religious groups entered into sheer violence and so many of them were killed. Entering into violent practices were the groups of people who didn’t even follow the beliefs of the particular group, but were just paid for votes.

A large part of this problem arises with the minimal education of the leaders. They are either semi-educated or their qualifications are a suspect and remain to be suspected forever. Their documents have turned merely into formalities that need to be kept in the office. The difference between educated and uneducated leaders is very much evident both in their public appearance and the party work. Despite the clear vision of the citizens of India, it was a shock to see Atishi Marlena losing the polls, being an education influencer and Sadhvi Pragya winning another constituency, being uneducated and a perpetrator of the crime. How slut-shaming of the women candidates was carried on by the members of other parties, or probably by someone who wants to malign the reputation of other candidates, lead the citizens aghast as to what can be the future of a country whose political leaders are engaging in such petty activities for victory.

The present political status of India cannot be blamed upon the voters, because neither parties were satisfactory enough to win the trusts of the people, so they chose who they felt can better run the country. In a democracy, political parties are supposed to be the voice of the people, fulfilling their needs and represent the expectations of the voters who voted in. But this has proved to be the idealist society and the parties have entered into a business where the members of the business often perform practices for the personal, and often monetary gains.

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