Tag: UPA

#FootInMouthDisease

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You are a slave of the words you allow to slip out and a master of those you retain. If only our politicians paid attention to this age old saying the polity would witness much less strife. Most often politicians speak to serve either their individual constituencies or to push a collective agenda. But there is a thin line between inviting a needless controversy and scoring a brownie point. In his quest for power Narendra Modi redefined the art of political communication. His singular focus on development even at times steering clear of stated party agenda presented hope for millions who voted in his favour. His one slogan ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas’ resonated globally as the most potent symbol of growth and equality. Today, sadly, we are back to square one. The development agenda has clearly taken a back seat.

@rakeshkhar
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Mera Bharat Mahaan??

The Madhya Pradesh Vyapak scam continues to seek human sacrifice. In Bihar the story turns more macabre as a handful of people stick a school principal to death in public view with police looking on helplessly. Uttar Pradesh cries shame yet again as Baduan records another horrifying teenage rape while Chief Minister adores centre spreads of national dailies. During the day the Union capital plays home to fierce political street battles. By the night Tihar jail shows a yawning gap in security. The Aam Admi has seen the AAP power kick. Scam charges are flying left, right and centre. Even the noble #selfiewithdaughter idea has got shamed! First narrow politics draws the worst from an activist. Worse follows as animal instinct bares its ugly act on Twitter shaming the women empowerment idea itself. Meanwhile, India continues to play hostage to #LaMoTitis.

@rakeshkhar
@rakeshkhar
Pic Courtesy: Indian Express
Pic Courtesy: Indian Express

Why This Anniversary ‘Kolaveri’?

It is time for big ticket anniversary politics. Anniversaries are ideally made for personal celebration and remembrance. But politicians of all hues have got in the bad habit of politicizing anniversaries. Any democratically elected government primary responsibility is to stay focused on the core issue of governance and not get distracted by the lure of an anniversary score card. The worst thing about anniversary politics in that it encourages trivia and the much talked debate ends up in who has got better lung power. The Tu Tu Main Main syndrome is not good for the voter who has invested faith in the party it has elected to govern him for five years. Jumping to judge any government on a year to year basis is to question the voter who anyway is the sole arbiter of the efficacy of any democracy.

@rakeshkhar
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