Has Indian politics polarized?

Politics1Delhi assembly election 2015 turned out to be historic. The young party (3 years old) AAP, swept away 67 out of 70 seats in the state. AAP’s thunderous winning has proved that an alternate politics is workable; because of Delhi’s prominence as India’s capital and its strength of harnessing ideas, whatever happens in Delhi resounds across the country. For the Congress, this adds to the series of its recent failures; it dint win a single seat in Delhi, a city it ruled for 15 years till 2013. People of Delhi showed their intentions towards Congress candidly.

Anna Hazare wished Kejriwal on his victory and said the election result was in favour of AAP because the “achhe din only came for industrialists” after the NaMo-led government came to power at the Centre eight months back on a promise of great days ahead for all. The verdict will be seen as a major breach in the unshakable electoral armor of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who campaigned hard this election in Delhi. His failure to rein in the party’s hardcore Hindutva fringe, which went about making statements that divided the middle class, cost the party dearly. The PM has also seemed in recent months as out of touch with the common man, seen frequently in the company of global leaders or local industrialists. The attention that was lavished on his clothes during US President Barack Obama is but a recent example.

This election shows that the common people of the country have become edgy towards politicians who talk big but do nothing. Arvind Kejriwal must work hard and stick to his promises to empower the common man. Dharnas only will not help; he has to mobilize popular support on subjects of common man’s interest, run a clean government, delegate powers responsibly.

This election is an indication of how Delhi’s voters have assessed Narendra Modi government in eight months tenure. The entire incremental vote the BJP won in May 2014 has been wiped out and the party’s vote share is back to what it was in 2013. Voters clearly showed their disappointment towards Modi’s performance; he has done very little for the common man.

We need to realize a fact that even the smallest amount of power can change a person. We’ve all seen it many times in our life. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they’re a little less friendly to the people beneath them. Powerful people are simply too busy. They don’t have the time to fully attend to their less powerful counterparts.

Politics2And, if you ask a psychologist, he or she may tell you that in different words. But if you ask Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, he might give you another explanation: Power fundamentally changes how the brain operates. Power is seductive not only because it is the means by which you can get what you want, but also because it gives you the confidence that goes along with this knowledge. Seduction is often an incremental process. It changes the perception of the person in power. Actions are justified with thoughts such as ‘just this once’ or ‘this is more important’.

Politics3Modi has seen many weathers in the Indian politics. Modi rose to power from the ground root level. But, still he underestimated the common man in India. He belongs to a right-wing political party.  Right-wing politicians are activities that view some forms of social hierarchy or social inequality as either inevitable or natural typically justifying this position on the basis of natural law or tradition. AAP, on the other hand, is a modern, urban left-wing political party. Kejriwal a young IRS (Indian Revenue Services) seems raw, yet gutsy in his outlook. There is general feeling that the left-wing politicians are progressive, communists, democratic socialists, secularists, feminists and anti-capitalists. But AAP unlike its doctrine of ‘Left’ does not source its power from industrial unions but is a coalition of the urban underclass, minority groups and left-liberal intellectuals and middle-class people. AAP represents an emerging bipolarity in Indian politics. Delhi 2015 election has showcased a pattern for the politics for the 2020s and 2030s.

Politics4People want a change for better, for peace, for safety and for transparency. Delhi showcased urban-centric political geographies which will inevitably find space for an economic left and right and for their contest. As such, this new model of politics is not a war between pro changes or anti change. That is why AAP now in Feb 2015 and the BJP in May 2014 have experienced huge swings from voters. This happened in the society which is bursting with ambition and hope, and is hungry for change and a better life; for jobs and economic betterment, for dignity in the face of authority, and for some answer to everyday corruption. In fact, that is why the voters brought Modi in power in May 2014. The ‘say-do’ ratio of his government has been disturbing people. The disquiet has now percolated to voters. In that sense, this is the BJP’s defeat, but it is also Modi’s defeat. Modi is supposed to assess, look inwardly along with his party workers before it is too late.

The 2015 Delhi Assembly elections show ousting of the historical departure of Indian politics.   The capital of the nation stands critically polarized on socio-economic lines, or if we used Marxist terminology, one can say the general public of Delhi is mainly divided between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. Conventionally, the term polarization in Indian politics is used in the context of religion, and caste. The British were successful to divide and rule the nation; but today the scene is changed. Those caste based vote banks are vanishing from the scene. In a historical departure, Delhi moved away from such polarizations and went to polls, when the electorate in the city appeared to be vertically divided on socio-economic lines. Delhi is much more cosmopolitan than any other city of the country. In the last 20 years, the entire demography of Delhi has changed. In post liberalization of Indian economy in the early 90s, Delhi witnessed a booming economy and population influx from bankrupt regions in search of better opportunities in the city; since then it is changing every day. Delhi also has an intelligent class of population and they cannot be underestimated.

Globalization has changed the scene in India. The Generation Y wants to surge ahead. They are a bigger vote bank. They are desperate for change. They are impatient and edgy. One doesn’t know if Arvind Kejriwal will be able to change the world or more so Delhi, but he and his small group of men have provided hope to those who worry about basic comforts and future.

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  1. Indian Politics Polarised….great article.I firmly believe that the steering of our country must be in safe hands then only we can take the turn towards being a developed country. If AAP is able to deliver atleast half of what it has promised then I am sure in next elections AAP will be the victorious one..and as for congress its high time they bid adieu to their political career under the able leadership of Baba R.G.Thank you for enlightenment

  2. Outstanding and very true with today’s situation going around in our country your article based on the fact and cover and highlighted the power of a common man. day before yesterday election result of Delhi capital of our nation , the voter has proved that once again filmstar shahrukh khan said every after few moment in Chennai express don’t underestimated the power of a common man ” in his movie , but it is very true and fact that the Indian political leaders they should remember this one thing if they want to be in a politics then ” don’t underestimated the power of a common man, this ia a message to all the political party leaders that on the basis of good promotion or marketing gimik of good governance or secularism , you cannot achieve or come to rule today’s generation by goody words or just on the basis of forefather work you need to prove yourself How better you can be do for the nation and for the country men by fulfilling their basic needs and strengthen their power and respect them that they had voted and brought you to the constitution to handle responsibilty and expectation or dreams which you had shown to be done in a proper manner not just in your speech but it should be in practice also. aevery common man has a little dream and most of it is basic needs they want someone who will care and among them and work for better for them for what they need . one should not forget the fact about a large portion of voters and people who cast vote is from middle class group of this society . People know Anna hazare who has awake the indians about their freedom rights of every citizen of this state, hats off to your article , really it is based on the current affairs situation and the sudden changes in the minds of voters of nation who understand the responsibility of their vote and power to use for the upliftment of the nation and good cause of the society. very reformation article madam , Being a responsible citizen of this state I would like to convey or draw attention towards the leader that if you want to lead on the people first know them , be with them and make feel them that you are among one of them and help them in their small dreams or basic needs and requirements to be fullfilled and create a hope in their life by development and progressive work not by speech but from your work. a jagho leader subha hogahi, as in management and in marketing terms , Now the consumer is the king so in the same way the leaders need to study and know the problems and suffering of a common man to lead a leader cannot be an autocratic or thing only for one section of the society he should be collectively work and should have transperancy in his work and result oriented and should be able to fulfill the needs and demand or help in acheiving the dreams true of the entire nation people which you had given promised and you took oath when you entered in this field not only for sake of money making or fame but truly work for the society benefits . last year Our prime minsiter has shown a dream to our country that Acche din anne wale hai ! and now kejriwal and his team has given and promises to give a stable government to Delhi people’s so now he said in his speech and people have trusted and voted him I remember in 2009 election congress message or slogan for the nation people was Congress ka hath Aam Admi ke saath but the rise of the prices of in goods continously effect the life of the common man, so now kejriwal and his team where able to understand that today’s life is very busy we need to be change a famous ad of pepsi i would like to quote end number of times in various channels is ” Mujhe abhi ha abhi a change ” understood and AAp ki party Aam Admi party work out and campaign on social economic issue of the common man problem and the resuts are that Delhi people trusted them and voted them in a large ratio of vote . so this leader they should know their responsibilty and the promises which they did they should fulfill them and work out properly. Thank you madam for writing such an awakening article and a reformation , renainsance of changes in political system and the power of the voters . I just pray and wish and expect some more awakening article in future for the nations benefits . Thank you once madam , I liked it

  3. todays article based on current scenario of our Nation Your article madam ” Has Indian politics polarized? the answer is day before yesterdays Election result of Capital of our Nation Delhi where people voted against polarization. ” Renaissance will be there as along this world will be exist , change is next to nature so , change has taken place in politics and specially. todays young generation are very smart and intelligent and at the same time impatience also so we need to understand them and try and work according to them as per their needs . their is one famous quote ” One can fool one person at a time or one can fool one person every time, and even one can fool all for some time , but cannot fool every one every time”. so it is not only the politician but it is for each one of us to work for the betterment of the society and nation. work as a responsible person of this state. hope that this new AAP party will work for the people dream true and fulfill their needs and the promises which they did with the people , other wise people can raise you on the top and even they can pull down also from where they arose you. so remember one thing Yeh public yeh sab jaanthi hai , Yeh public hai , work for the interest of the people benefit and give a good stable government. very enlighten one article and reformer job you are doing for the good cause of the nation by awakening article, I amd indebt and thankful to your article , I liked it.

  4. Truly Indian Politics has been polarised…& its high time we choose a political party over our affinity either on the basis of religion or for the freedom fighters associated with it.The people of Delhi have shown that now they don’t suffer from any syndromes..and are wise enough to know who is good for them …& I sincerely hope and pray that Mr. Arvind Kejriwal delivers half of what he has promised to the peeps of Delhi..three cheers to Aam Aadmi Party…

  5. Indian Politics Polarised….great article.I firmly believe that the steering of our country must be in safe hands then only we can take the turn towards being a developed country. If AAP is able to deliver atleast half of what it has promised then I am sure in next elections AAP will be the victorious one..and as for congress its high time they bid adieu to their political career under the able leadership of Baba R.G.Thank you for enlightenmenTruly Indian Politics has been polarised…& its high time we choose a political party over our affinity either on the basis of religion or for the freedom fighters associated with it.The people of Delhi have shown that now they don’t suffer from any syndromes..and are wise enough to know who is good for them …& I sincerely hope and pray that Mr. Arvind Kejriwal delivers half of what he has promised to the peeps of Delhi..three cheers to Aam Aadmi Party…t.

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