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Sunday, May 11, 2014

हर लम्बी काली रात के बाद सुबह होती है...

16th May 2014 
Aha! Just less than a week to go! After all, this is the day I was waiting for ever since 2009 general election results were declared. I checked my blog and here is what I had written way back in 2009 : http://www.mihironline.com/2009/05/enigma-called-indian-democracy.htmlIncidentally, 2009 results also came on 16th May.

Flashback.

2004
Election results came as a cropper and beyond expectations of all political pundits as well as most of common men. The scariest part after the result was the prospect of an Italian origin lady ruling over a billion people. It almost became a reality but thanks to Dr. Kalam and Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, it didn’t materialize (There is no direct proof but most of the stories revolving around “sacrifice” of SG leads to Swamy and Kalam).

Thankfully, at least and last, an Indian became the PM – though more or less handicap and as Sanjaya Baru’s latest book “The Accidental Prime Minister” reveals, working under Italian influence.

Results were disappointing. Waiting game started for next 5 years.

2009
It was an even bigger surprise defying logic! I mean no common sense could justify Congress (I) getting over 200 seats! Beyond all sane logic! I was sheer disappointed but alas, there is no other option when over a billion people decide to vote based on either freebies or gimmicks or Gandhi surname.

Life goes on. Wait goes on.

Flashback over. Back to present.

2014
This is the year that has an opportunity to correct a lot of mistakes of last 10 years. First time, someone has openly challenged the dynasty, someone has openly expressed his desire to become the PM and someone is talking about issues and solutions, that vibes with the common men.

Being a Gujarati, I have known (though not personally) NaMo since 1980s, when he brought BJP in power in Ahmedabad municipal corporation. He was the master organizer behind Ram Rath Yatra in 1989. He played an instrumental part in Ekta Yatra which concluded by waving the Tricolor at the Lal chowk of Srinagar, at the height of insurgency in 1992.

Again, he was the mastermind to bring BJP in power in Gujarat in 1995. He had to leave Gujarat due to internal differences among BJP leaders but then he moved to Himachal Pradesh and brought BJP in power there as well.

For Gujaratis, there is a special bonding with NaMo. Most of us do not see him as the CM but as someone who is part of the family. Who is our own man. Over the years, he has earned it.

For this election, there has been a tremendous enthusiasm all around nation – which is quite surprising and a welcome move. Exceeding high voting percentage, berserk TV channels (some might be flooding paid news), a very active social media, very active and animated discussions even inside office space, whatsapp messages.. it looks like life has been engulfed by politics since last couple of months. I like it. Because unless a common man talks and discusses about politics, unless (s)he takes an active interest in current affairs, we will continue to live the way we have been since decades.

In my own experience, I went to vote at 6.55am and I found around 150 people were already standing in a queue! Aha! Though I had to wait for an hour to vote, I loved it!

The only pitfall of this election is exceedingly high expectations, even higher than the Mount Everest. Well, past 10 years of misrule has brought such a high level of frustration that whoever next comes to power, will have a mountain to climb – that too in a very short time. This country has umpteen complex problems and a lot of them are related with selfish motives of individuals or groups or parties. On the other hand, public perception in India is very short lived. Patience has died down. Everyone wants a quick fix.

Hope NaMo can set and manage right expectations. If he fails this time for any reason, it will have a long lasting impact on Indian politics. After all, hope comes in form of a ray and if that ray fails, it may be difficult for the nation to hope and trust any individual once again. Nobody knows better than people of Delhi - After their failed experiment with AAP.

Let us pray god let the best thing happen to this great nation.

Ending with this universal Shanti Mantra.

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिन। सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु। मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

(Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu, Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||)

Meaning:
Om, May all become Happy, May all be free from illness.
May all see what is auspicious, May no one suffers in their life.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

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