The Aftermath of the Bush Elections
It is clear to me that people must be really bored with their lives. They are in need of some excitement, some thrill. Sure this has always been the case, but this boredom seems to have spilled over into who they wish to elect as their leaders. It seems that campaigning on regular bread-and-butter stuff, the kind of stuff that makes sense, that seems logical and sensible will get you nowhere in today’s political arena. Some may argue this has always been true, but I beg to differ. Let’s start with the BJP – they lost. They presided over a mostly-good period for India. I think India witnessed some of the best growth, while they were in charge. In terms of economic AND political strength. So, naturally, their campaign was based around that – “India Shining”. Of course anybody who has walked down an Indian street will cyncially disagree, but this voice, which has seen India in the 1980s, the 1990s and today, disagrees. Since I’ve been around, India IS relatively shining. However, that doesn’t seem to work. “Look, we’ve built more roads, cut lots more duties, privatised inefficient government enterprises, raised the growth rate, e.t.c” does not seem like a good campaign platform. Instead, you have to pander to the scum, the people that hold India hostage. That means the farmers, the communists, the union leaders, their mothers, and their goats. “Congress ka haath, Aam aadmi ke saath” – i.e. Congress Stands for the Common Man. The Common Man is nice and shitty illusion. When you pander to these people, you get votes. And the same seems to be true for America. Pander to the ugly stereotype. The hay-chewing, gun-toting, bible-brandishing, white boy, with a red pickup truck and a “healthy” hatred for anything that doesn’t speak or look “Americain”. You find an example of this person in the comments section of a few of my recent posts. This is of course what hollywood and bollywood have excelled in doing forever, and you forgive them, because they are in the Entertainment business. It’s their job. But we used to have a slightly higher standard for our politicans. Vajpayee was a respected man, throughout India, and the World. As was Clinton, in USA and the World. They were looked up to and respected, despite their flaws (which were many).
Ah well, those days are long gone, and instead, we’re stuck with a Congress government that’s “pro-poor”