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Voting in Good Governance and Development…

May 17, 2014

The long drawn election process is finally over. When the dust settles, this election will be remembered and spoken about for many reasons. From the very organized campaign of Narendra Modi & the BJP to the hesitant display of leadership from Rahul Gandhi, to the crores of rupees spent by the candidates, to finally having one party with a simple majority. What stood out during the hustings was the fact that most of the BJP candidates were clear in why the people needed to vote for them. It was Modi, Modi and Modi all the way. At the deep level the caste equations are also clearly evident. Only people with the right caste combination have won the elections. The BJP clearly got its arithmetic right. Not only did the field candidates with the right caste combination, they fought the election on only one message. Elect Modi as the Prime Minister and Good Governance and Development would follow suit. Most candidates did not talk about themselves. Many people I spoke to did not know the names of the BJP candidates of their constituency. All that they cared about was voting for the BJP and ensuring Modi became the next Prime Minister. Two messages that one needs to draw from this election are the fact that India is maturing as a democracy. While caste and cash have their roles to play, people are now increasingly becoming restless and are demanding good governance and development. This is indeed the harbinger of the good times ahead. This coupled with the increasing participation of the youth in the voting process augurs well for the Nation. There is also a warning built into this message from the electorate for the BJP. They now need to deliver on both Good Governance and Development. The fact that some tainted persons have won the elections should not make the party believe that the people do not care about corruption. It is just that they care more about Good Governance and Development and will be unforgiving if their expectations are not met. If Modi’s Government fails to deliver on them, then the same restless youth would not hesitate to turn towards other options.

This is also a good time for the Congress to take stock and rediscover themselves. Instead of imagining that people would be satisfied with doles, they now need to focus on the hard work of ensuring inclusive development that is not driven by electoral charity. They need to stop their internal quibbling and resist the temptation of religion and caste based patronage.

These elections will surely have many messages for the AAP too. From being a serious contender, it is today reduced to an also-ran. While they may have their own reasoning and justification, they need to understand that mere sloganism and loud criticism of everybody else has only a limited shelf life. Politics bereft of ideas of governance and policy will not take them very far and hopefully they will now spend time introspecting on how to be a constructive and more strategic player in the political scene in the country.

The BJP will deservedly celebrate their success, but in the end we need to understand that it was democracy that won. And the people of India did not merely end up voting in the BJP; but have voted in their dreams of seeing a government that can deliver on good governance, inclusive growth, development and the hopes of millions of young people.


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  1. Anand Narayan
    May 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Kudos Dr.BALU, for the wonderful assessment, Only time will see whether BJP can deliver the promises made, It is true the real winner is DEMOCRACY. Congress has been decimated, they have to review their leadership, and find out what the young Indians want and act as a constructive opposition?(only 44 seats)

  2. May 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    These will be the words of common people, hope this is read by all politicians

  3. May 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Next 100 Days

    Dear Narendrabhai ,

    You have talked your way to power – calling yourself , ” Mazdoor # 1 ”

    Now , it is time to ” Walk the Talk ”

    People of India have taught a lesson to the party which called you ,

    ” Merchant of Death ( Maut Ka Saudaagar ) ”

    They believe you to be ” Merchant of Dreams ( Sapno Ka Saudaagar ) ”

    Of course , no one expects any miracle to happen on the ground , in the next 100 days

    But the decisions that your Cabinet takes – and transparently communicates to the people – in the next 100 days , will tell them , whether your Government is any different than UPA-2

    Here are the decisions that people expect :


    * Appoint Central Lok Pal
    * Appoint ( where missing ) , Lok Ayuktas in BJP controlled States
    * Appoint Special Fast-Track Courts to try within 1 year , criminally-
    charged MPs / MLAs / Bureaucrats / Politicians / Businessmen


    * Introduce Amnesty Scheme , for monies invested in Infrastructure SPVs
    * Amend Personal Income Tax to Inverse Taxation Regime , where the
    incremental tax rates keep going DOWN in each higher slab
    * De-monetize Rs 1000 currency notes


    * Amend Corporate Tax Regime , with incrementally reducing tax-rates
    for Companies with higher employee-strength
    * Introduce ” Accelerated Depreciation ” for investment in Capital Assets.
    Capital Goods industry is the Mother of all industries
    * Focus on creating ” Self-Employment ” thru tax-breaks for self-employed
    * Low interest loans for self – employed


    * Industrialists / businessmen will not come forward to make huge
    investments in North-East , in absence of excellent infrastructure of
    roads / rails etc

    All private investments made here must be tax-free for 25 years


    * Today’s labour laws make it extremely difficult – if not impossible – for employers to layoff / retrench workmen , if demand shrinks

    * Employers are unlikely to hire thousands of youth , if they cannot easily trim the workforce , to match the shrinking demand

    * So , an important corollary of any Job Generation Scheme is to modify our existing Labour Laws to facilitate layoff / retrenchment , when situation so demands , while protecting the interests of the workmen concerned


    * What is responsible for keeping 28.7 Crores of Indians illiterate ( 37 % of World’s illiterate ) , 66 years after independence ?

    * Ans : Lack of educational infrastructure consisting of Schools / Colleges /
    Equipments / Qualified Teachers .. etc

    * Solution ?

    Push for E-education thru online delivery of subject-matter thru tablets


    Ask each concerned Minister , to publish within 100 days, on Ministry’s web site , PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION PLANS , for the following :

    * Food Security Bill

    * Connecting 2.5 lakh panchayats thru broadband

    * Aakash Tablets for 220 million students

    * Delivery of Services Act

    * Aadhar Identification Card

    * Electoral Reforms / Right to Recall

    * CAG audit of Private Companies using Government resources

    * 4G Wireless Internet all over India

    * Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor

    * Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor

    * Natural Resources Allocation Policy

    * Political Party’s Funds under RTI scrutiny

    * Liberalization in FDI ( Entire economy – not just retail )

    * Government funding of Elections

    * Interlinking of Major Rivers

    * ” India Post Bank ” with 139,040 branches in Rural areas

    * Bank A/C for every adult by 2016

    * Divestment / Closure of loss-making / bleeding PSUs

    * Imparting skills to 500 million youth ( NSDC )

    * Sulabh Sauchalaya ( Remember “Sauchalay before Devalaya ” ? )

    Dear Narendrabhai ,

    Do provide a ROAD-MAP ( with clearly defined mile-stones ) of how you intend to translate your DREAMS into REALITY

    with regards ,

    hemen parekh ( 17 May 2014 / Mumbai )

  4. mohsin khadri
    May 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    sir i really like this .

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