India is getting prepared for the 2014 elections. The debates on who should be the next prime minister is heating up in all the media. The battle between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi is on.
At the moment, I don’t think Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is large and mature enough. So the chances of him or anyone else from any of the other parties becoming a prime minister is very remote.
The question now is who, among Rahul and Modi, will make India better. Is it Rahul Gandhi? Or is it Narendra Modi?
As the saying goes, past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. Here is my perspective based on what both Rahul and Modi’s parties did in the past.
Congress is the ruling party for the past two terms, with Manmohan Singh as the prime minister. There were several scams that amounted to lakhs of crores, for example, the 2G scam, Coal scam, and so on.
BJP was the ruling party prior to Congress. During their regime too, there were several scams. For example, the stock market scam, UTI scam, Tehelka scam, and so on.
These examples show clearly that Congress and BJP are the same when it comes to corruption.
Besides corruption, neither Congress nor BJP did anything to improve the lives of the people. They actually caused stagnation of investment and growth in small-scale and cottage industry and agriculture, which are the main sources of employment in the country. This led to unemployment, farmers’ suicide, etc.
Various articles in magazines such as Anandha Vikatan showed that these parties caused trouble and turbulence to the people. For example, at Kundankulam in Tamil Nadu, attacks on tribals to chase them away from their living place in Chhattisgarh, and so on.
These examples show clearly that Congress and BJP are corporate friendly and not people friendly. In fact, they themselves act like corporations and grow their money, which amounts to thousands of crores of rupees.
So from the behaviour, it appears that Congress and BJP are one and the same. But how can that be? They are supposed to be alternatives to one another, right?
Unfortunately the answer is no. They cannot be alternatives to one another.
Because, both their core principles are the same. They are really not different from each other. The only difference is the religious policy. BJP differentiated itself from Congress by treating non Hindu Indians as second class citizens and attacking them. Sadly, that was the only way it could show that it is an alternative to Congress.
Both their core principles and policies are the same because Congress and BJP are right-wing parties. This is the reason why the same media that praised Manmohan Singh 10 years ago and rooted for him is now praising and rooting for Modi. Remember, media in India is run by big businesses. The times group for example. So whatever appears in the media will be biased towards benefitting big businesses like Reliance and Tata, and not benefitting the citizens of India.
A real alternative to a right-wing party is a left-wing party. When there are equally strong right-wing and left-wing parties they keep the balance between supporting corporates and supporting people. Take Kerala for example: From the 1950s there are Congress and Communist Parties ruling the state. Kerala is having a top place in several areas such as education and is a much improved state compared to Uttar Pradesh (Rahul’s constituency) and Gujarat (Modi’s constituency).
Ok, now getting back to the original question: Who will make India better? Is it Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi?
The answer lies in realizing that no single leader, be it Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi, can change anything significant. Because both their parties are basically the same.
Sadly, neither Rahul nor Modi can make India better.
When you vote for them, you are voting for either Congress or BJP, and past history shows that both could not give good governance so far.
It is also worth noting that, Modi has been the chief minister in Gujarat from 2001, and Gujarat ranks 21st among the 28 Indian states in terms of its Human Development Index, due to the lack of development in rural Gujarat. During his tenure as the chief minister, the number of families living below the poverty line has increased, and particularly rural adivasi and dalits have become increasingly marginalized.
This does not make Rahul Gandhi a better candidate either, as he was never in such a significant post as Modi, and thus making a genuine comparison between the two impossible.
So if neither Rahul nor Modi can make India better, who else can make India better?
Only the people of India, that means you and me, can make India better.
I do not have a good answer for this.
May be we could try the Kerala model at the national level – that is, bringing a left-wing party as an alternative to the right-wing rule that we are under for several decades and centuries. You will realize that the Kerala model is a proven model by looking at the state’s growth and position among Indian states.
May be we should grow empathetic, ethical, and inclusive leaders within us and engage actively in social improvement programmes such as the Jaana Graha, teach for India, Dream a Dream, etc.
May be we should abandon Democracy and embrace Sociocracy.
May be all the well educated people should take an active part in politics rather than just being corporate slaves slogging their lives away in the comfort of their offices.