India – Why should we vote for independents?

As you know India is the world’s largest democracy. Elections take place over a period of weeks. India had an election in the spring of 2009. I came across this fascinating blog post from India.

The problem of entrenched political parties seems to be international.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

The case of the independent canditates –

I actually wrote this as a comment on Ms.De’s page but after writing it, I noticed that it has a larger relevance to the Indian political Scenario, so I am posting the same a bit edited and rearranged.

Why should we vote for independent candidates if we think they are worth it?

Our Indian politics is slowly becoming a family business. Every single party this time is putting forth their own family members sons and daughters usually to contest. What they want is to singularize the democracy and to monopolize the ruling institution.

What would be the reason for democracy if each and every time the majority party is going to win the election? If we are not allowing someone like an independent candidate to win the election for once, we will never know how much worth the majority party is or how much of crap the majority party is….

Ok, lets try being more specific. Lets take Mr.Modi for instance.

I am not against Modi. In fact I appreciate a lot of developmental efforts he has put in gujarat. Under him, almost all the sectors and the industries of the state have been considerably developed.

We are educated or atleast we claim so… Think you guys… how do we know how much any government is doing good unless we have a measuring stick and how are we gonna get this measuring stick by always electing the majority party…..

Many claim – Mr.Modi is a lot better than other CMs. He has done to his state a lot more good than a lot other people have done to their states.

Yeah, I too accept that Modi is better than his counter parts in the other states.

But think, you guys,the other CMs being such wastes doesn’t make Modi any better… Modi himself is not the God or something… He is too human and he can be improved upon… and Politics desperately needs fresh blood
(and by fresh blood, i do not mean younger generation – if thats the case then varun gandhi would also be fresh blood – Is he???)

By fresh blood I mean, People who can speak for themselves, People who need not hold on to a party propaganda to get elected, People who do get their kicks by throwing words around, People who believe that this country needs to improve a lot and people who would rather embrace new things rather than sticking with the “India has as rich culture and we need to save it” shit.

Modi is of course better than the rest of the CMs. That goes without any questions but what i appreciate about Independent candidates like Mallika is that she is trying to take a stand against the system. The system that has made us cynics, by not ever delivering us what it promised.

Are we here voting to get the best of the bunch. Aren’t we a bit too short of choices. Why is that people who try something new are shunned(like independent candidates…..).

Our culture is represented by we people and does not require saving, (hopefully we will look after it) but what abt our country….

We need people like kamarajar in TN. When my father says how he never campaigned but got elected every time, I get goose bumps all over me…. He was so dedicated to people and never cared aboutt himself that he only had 2 pairs of dhotis….

He took the government bus where ever he went and he stood in q at the ration shop.

and all this happened merely three and a half decades ago… I am flabbergasted, what went wrong in these 30 years…..

I am not asking 4 the dedication of kamarajar but at least we people can be true to his soul and provide opportunity one or two new guys….. just to let us know… what we are missing……

So I appreciate from the bottom of my heart the efforts of Mallika and people like her. If she is reading this, let her know there are a lot of people like me supporting her….

India damn sure needs a hell a lot of women like her.

PS :

This in a way is a reply to Ms.De’s post on supporting the independent candidate of Mallika. What is written above is just to raise a few questions and not to establish any facts. As I have said before I myself have always loved Modi’s dynamism and progressive ideas. But anyways asking a few good humored questions do not mean any harm. Right????


Vinnie said…
me first:)

we need a change now…independants r most welcome!

or we shall be doomed in in-dependance πŸ™‚

April 25, 2009 10:41 PM
Chriz said…
independant guys should come…

TR/vijayaganth.. i feel sorry for that constituencies..

please vote for sharat babu

April 26, 2009 6:44 AM
Jo said…
“How do we know how much any government is doing good unless we have a measuring stick and how are we gonna get this measuring stick by always electing the majority party.”That amazing quote should be on the campaign posters of every political party! It is so true!

April 27, 2009 7:07 PM
muthu said…
@ vinnie – hard words vinnie but in a way true words… lets hope that worthwhile independents get elected this time…..

April 27, 2009 7:27 PM
muthu said…
@ chriz – I too have the same hope- independents should come.

April 27, 2009 7:28 PM
muthu said…
@ jo – you are right jo…. but the majority party usually thinks otherwise….

April 27, 2009 10:09 PM
deeps said…
yeaa i just some talk on the matter on TV … not quite into politics and all that ..
ehem .. πŸ™‚

thats quite deep on life …
and poetically expressed on love ..
hats off! πŸ™‚

and i perfectly agree with you that trivial things do make up the saga called life ..
however, that was not my point there! nevertheless, it was a completely new dimention that you gave; another opening …
and so is with love!

April 28, 2009 2:57 AM
Rahul Viswanath said…
Trust me at the end of the day they all are POLITICIANS …..

But still worth it try from independents !!!

April 28, 2009 4:37 PM
muthu said…
@ deeps – thanks for your compliments deeps….

no offense but i really think that everyone should get to know a bit of whats going on Indian politics…

it affects everyone in some way… you see

April 28, 2009 6:32 PM
muthu said…
@ rahul – well said man….. πŸ™‚

April 28, 2009 6:33 PM
Shree Venkatram said…
I wish the calibre of the Indian politician was as good as that of the Indian techie, or the Indian craftsperson, or the Indian artiste, all these categories make us proud…but the Indian politician? Yes, we need fresh blood. A brand new specie perhaps?

May 2, 2009 12:40 AM
muthu said…
haha… thats quite a cynical take. But yeah our politicians have become mascots of corruption…

and what s more pathetic.. Most of us usually choose to flow along with the system…..

May 2, 2009 1:16 AM
sm said…
muthu i agree with you on all points our aim and target is same but just our style of expression is different.

May 3, 2009 5:03 AM
muthu said…
hmhm…. you think so sm… hmhm

yeah… I think in a way you are right…

hey I am preparing a very strong post on politics, society and stuff – do keep in touch and tell me how you liked that post.