Please stop revelling in the power that democracy provides to us Indians. Of what use is this power? Can we the people change or influence any of the happenings in India? Can we get Afzal Guru to be hung? Can we get the government's assurance that there will never be another 7/11? Can we abolish the system of reservation based on caste? The answer is NO. We Indians cannot change anything, we only have the right to protest and speak out our mind, though that doesn't change anything. Democracy is a privilege to be enjoyed. Democracy is not when a semi-literate person's vote can be bought by a 500 Rs. note. We need stability and progress not democracy. China may have a ruthless human rights record, but in the past 2 decades their overall poverty level has drastically come down, whereas India's has just come down by a very small margin. That's called a progressive economy. So please stop thinking that we Indians are superior and Mera Bharat Mahan. That is a false sense of superiority.
Thanks to Dr. Devinder Sharma for his excellent and down-to-earth analysis of why rural India has given the verdict it has in the elections. Indeed, the so-called populist measures are called so only by those who are relatively insulated from the harsh impact of the economic policies of the recent past. They have rewarded the rulers who tried to implement policies which have been sensitive to the needs and concerns of the landless and rural populations, which are still the survival needs of food, livelihoods, shelter, health, etc. Those who have no lack of these basics - the urban middleclasses and the political classes - will not understand the meaning of the deprivations the poor, rural women, children, and aged people face on a daily, even hourly basis. Thus it is a positive vote for the future rather than the bitterness and backward-looking trend that was also an undercurrent in national life in the recent past.
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