Do parties really fighting for forming Gandhiji’s RAM RAJYA?
India goes to general election for its 16th Loksabha (House of the Parliament) from 7th April to 12th May 2014. As the largest democratic country in the world with around 800 billion voters, election is taking place in 9 phases during this period. Counting of votes and declaration of results is scheduled on 16th May 2014. Economy, Price rise and the new state of Telangana are the core issues that dominate the campaign scene and are the determinant factors. In addition to these, corruption is another prominent factor that joins in the foray of issues likely to be turning the victory waves in an unknown direction.
Political parties have teamed up to face the people as they continue to claim for forming a coalition government, the trend India has been witnessing in the recent decades. The ruling coalition government led by United Progressive Alliance led by The Indian National congress yet again banking for it secularist, nationalized policies besides counting on its economic policies. The opposition National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party with its Hindutva settings, eyeing for the victory over its new, charismatic Leader Narendra Modi. He has emerged as a sole driver of the BJP promising a commendable win over the long-time favourite of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi who is aspiring for leading the new government with his vote base, belief in hard work and honesty. With these two alliances framing the elections with the one-on-one fight, there exists a third front formed by 14 parties including the Communists and some regional parties. As a new kid in town, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party after a small stint in Delhi Assembly elections has come into national politics just few months back hoping to get support from the so-called neutralists, social and anti-corruption activists.
Do all these parties really fighting the elections to form a Ram Rajya? Frankly speaking, No. Half the reason is not with the parties themselves but with the political arena and pastime events and nuances. Each party has witnessed its own “game changer” while nation underwent a roller-coaster of events that made the parties rethink over and over again on certain things they relied on for years.
While BJP’s basic Hindutva ideologoy was overshadowed by Modi’s assailing appearance at the national front in August 2013, many in the party had raised eyebrows even though it had some damaging effect in certain units in the beginning. BJP has literally has not highlighted any issues for future India as it came with its manifesto only couple of days before the start of the election.
The INC was focusing on its prime ministerial candidate until a couple of months ago and stopped that campaign as the leadership preferred to leave it to the people to assess their performance on its full-length, decade long regime with Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister. So, it is for the people to vote in general to continue with what they have for now, expecting haplessly about who and what the new Prime Minister would do for them. For the Congress, the current game-changer is nothing but the number of MPs they win in the election.
The Third front has its game-changer in the form of TDP, the former convener of the front, as he finally joined with the NDA while another regional Supremo Jayalalatha has back off from her previous stances focusing only on her home state. She would neither campaign nationwide nor show in the interest of forming a union government.
The Aam Aadmi Party’s national presence has its own snare with no adequate grounds even though it has lured some popular activists in support of it. Its original issue of anti-corruption will not do well. So, the real game-changer for AAP is in the form of Arvind Kejriwal itself, who is in the mood of protesting even during the elections and still is not preparing himself for being a part of the government. Although, he has decided not to contest elections, he might still do some rework on his mindset in the event of being selected to lead the party in the house of parliament or assembly.
Therefore, Election 2014 is not like the previous ones. The results obtained from the opinion polls are not reliable. A full majority by any front is still difficult to achieve. Even if NDA forms the government, Modi’s Hindutva will not surely have “Ram” or “Ram Rajya”. UPA’s continuance will beat the democracy. Ram and Rahim would continue to be seen differently. Other fronts would surely play a shameful game of choosing their after-poll alliances for petty gains.
“By RAMA RAJYA I do not mean Hindu Raj. I mean by Ramarajya Divine Raj, the Kingdom of God.
For me Rama and Rahim are one and the same deity.
I acknowledge no other God but the one God of truth and righteousness.
Whether Rama of my imagination ever lived or not on this earth, the ancient ideal of Ramarajya is undoubtedly one of true democracy in which the meanest citizen could be sure of swift justice without an elaborate and costly procedure.
Even the dog is described by the poet to have received justice under Ramarajya. Ramarajya of my dream ensures equal rights alike of prince and pauper.”
– Mahatma Gandhi