Aam aadmi in politics
Elections are round the corner, battlelines are drawn, cadres are busy with slogans and war cries in every conceivable nook and cranny of India. Modern Indian politics is breaking all old stereotypes writes Dr (Maj) Ankur MalhotraUpdated: Mar 14, 2014 11:29 IST
"Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke." Will Rogers
Elections are round the corner, battlelines are drawn, cadres are busy with slogans and war cries in every conceivable nook and cranny of India. Modern Indian politics is breaking all old stereotypes and adapting to a new paradigm where social media campaigns, image management consultants, psephologists, fashion designers and media managers are all out to woo gullible voters this time.
New political parties have added a zing to the electoral process. People from all backgrounds have begun jumping in the fray this time. They range from retired army generals, comedians, doctors, actors, journalists, chefs, religious leaders, management experts, IITians, social workers, models and former bureaucrats. Surely such a curious mix will add colour, glamour and razzmatazz to the otherwise blunted and dull political landscape of our country.
If elected comedians with their astute comic timing can make proceedings of the Lok Sabha light and put smiles on the face of even the most stern and rigid members, they would have served their purpose to a large extent. The aam aadmi would like to unwind after a hectic day by watching Lok Sabha TV instead of the blood-pressure raising debates on news channels.
Elected doctors would keep a close check on the blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol levels of all members of Parliament and ensure a healthy interaction, cutting across party lines.
Elected chefs could add multi-cuisine dishes from across the country to the hugely subsidised canteen. We hope that adding these gastronomic delights will increase attendance in the House.
Former army generals would ensure discipline, punctuality, high morals and better standards of fitness for all members to follow. Our representatives would get better training in self defence and hand-to-hand combat, reducing the burden on marshals and security personnel. It might help cut down the security budget of the House.
Models and film stars could add the much-needed glam quotient in the House .This would make a lasting impact on the youth and perhaps motivate them to join politics or at least participate in debates of national interest. Singers would help break the monotony with their songs.
Management experts could find new ways to market television rights, making advertisement campaigns and Parliament proceedings more profitable and entertaining than even the Indian Premier League.
Whoever gets elected, Elections 2014 sure has the entire nation hooked. The polls have ushered in excitement after a long period of inaction, corruption, silence and dissatisfaction. People from all spheres have joined the bandwagon for change.
First Published: Mar 14, 2014 10:03 IST