Amid, ever-growing tensions with Pakistan, clouds of possible economic recession hanging over every Indian head and an ambitious dream of becoming a global superpower – What does the future of Indian Politics behold?
The present climate in Indian Politics
India is in a state of ‘Learned Helplessness’ due to the state-of-affairs of its current political scenario being in ‘frenzy’.
The people of India, in the recently concluded general elections of 2019, voted the ‘Bhartiya Janta Party’ back to power with a majority. However, it’s worth considering whether the citizens of the country are actually satisfied with the government’s policies. That’s because in the current state of affairs India is facing a number of debacles from the slumping economy to growing volatility in different parts of the country.
Earlier this month, I had an interesting, yet frightening discussion about the current political landscape in India. Gurpreet, who is a successful restauranteur in Delhi NCR, indignantly criticized the ruling party.
They (referring to BJP) are going to disrupt Indian economy. We can’t create as much supply as we did earlier because the demand isn’t there. Prices are constantly rising and the flow of money is bad.– Gurpreet Singh, Restaurant Owner
A number of media reports have opined that the majority of businessmen in India share similar views. The statistics depict that many communities aren’t happy with the laws and policies laid down by the government.
Moreover, “Demonetization” and “Goods and Services Tax” didn’t help the cause further for businesses.
Attempts at Unity and Progress by BJP
Modi 2.0 government has brought in and passed several bills in the first Parliamentary session of the second term. In fact, the session was touted as the most productive in Independent India’s history. Some like amendment of Section 377 of the IPC to reform LGBT rights, the passage of Triple Talaq Bill, amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act, Protection of Human Rights (Amendment Bill), and National Medical Commission Bill (Modicare) were well-received around the country. However, the bills such as scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution of India, amendments to the RTI Act, and the Surrogacy Act have sparked controversy from some corners of the society.
Apart from this, Balakot Airstrike and Surgical Strike in Uri in the first term of Modi government were comprehensive ‘reactions’ to protect the country’s sovereignty. But at what cost?
Recent circumstances also allowed the Pakistan army to capture our Wing Commander Abhinandan. If not for the Geneva Convention and the US’ Mediation, Abhinandan would have possibly never returned home.
Tensions with Pakistan have reached new heights
Highly appreciated by Indian political pundits, these attacks and amendments come with a price. Tensions among India and Pakistan have risen to new heights since the Indian government took away Kashmir’s special status. All bilateral communications have ceased. While Pak PM Imran Khan continues to call for international intervention, the situation is dire. There is a high possibility of a war between the two nuclear-armed nations.
India undoubtedly gave a strong reply during undesirable circumstances. However, wouldn’t it be better if we have a permanent solution to cope up with growing terrorism and cross-border firings? It should be noted that ceasefire violations across the LOC have become a usual situation these days.
In light of the underlying circumstances, the country feels a strong urge to contemplate whether its representatives are capable enough to lead India into a prosperous future. Albeit, the views are divided but here is something everyone can agree upon –
The current good is not good enough. Surely not to become a global superpower.
These facts abstract the question of our safety and the rights of our people in Kashmir? Such situations draw attention to the viability of policies and the future of Indian Politics.
India’s Global Position
Our country is climbing the ladder of global recognition and India’s influence in global politics is stronger than ever. Many developed countries such as the USA, Russia, France, Israel, and Japan are India’s prominent allies. Our relations across the globe are moving forward in the right direction, or so it seems.
Much of Prime Minister Modi’s domestic popularity is based upon a well-constructed myth of his international importance, yet India is about to lose major trade deals in Indo-Pacific Trade Bloc. What does the future of Indian politics reckon when Prime Minister of Malaysia states that other countries in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership could go on without India?
India is still not a veto member at the UN. In terms of rankings and statistics, levels of poverty, quality of democracy, living conditions, and law & order – we lack far behind. This can be construed as a sheer failure of Indian Politics and foreign policies.
At the global hunger index, India ranks at 103 among 119 countries. When it comes to education, we rank at 145 among 191 countries (India today has over 6 lakh vacant teaching slots). India is referred to as a ‘Flawed Democracy’ ranked at 41 in the world in the Democracy Index with 7.23 rating. Food and Shelter are the basic requirements for any person and millions are poor in India. Most of them lack even the basic necessities like – Food, Clothing, Shelter & Education.
If we consistently position ourselves at the bottom end of rankings – How on earth can we ever claim the title of a global superpower?
The ‘Obvious’ Question
If the Indian government and their policy-makers can’t even provide for such basic facilities after 70 years of Independence, shall we accept our fate? A scenario where people would question the efficiency and effectiveness of Indian Politics is bound to arise as concerns about the future of Indian politics develop further.
While the government continues to work, The PMO is yet to hold a press conference since the general elections of 2019.
What are the options available for people?
While the freedom fighters and the visionaries who brought India its independence are still revered today, Congress has lost the charm of leadership from their ranks with logical attributes. The party is reckoned even today, however, they stand nowhere against the strong BJP leadership.
In a pre-election interview with the India Today magazine, the then Congress president Rahul Gandhi unintentionally made sure Indians don’t elect his party to power. When confronted about his favorite fruit, he gave an answer which wanders close to the boundaries of insanity.
While the country moves forward, Congress is losing its grip on the people of the country. They have negligible authority on legislation today, moving forward with no united front.
According to the current scenario, the future of Indian politics seems to be bound. Modi will win again, and then maybe again. After Modi would be Shah and after Shah could be Yogi Adityanath. All this because Congress doesn’t provide a viable option. INC has no choice but to embrace this debacle and rise from the ashes of the monumental defeat. Though it will take a while.
Preference and Need – The difference
The mandate of India has chosen the Bhartiya Janta Party to represent them consecutively. However, it does not mean that BJP is the only solution. It cannot be. Not until they continue to represent their own views and work according to their own values.
Congress is no different. They work in an identical manner representing their own views and agenda. Both these parties are guardians and protectors of their very own ‘not-useful-to-the-country’ ideology. In other words, they have transformed into religions of sorts. More than focussing on social welfarist demands, often they are focused on spreading hope through constantly denigrating the other one.
The Solution for the Future of India
If the left-wing right-wing approach isn’t working then how long before we consider a new approach? An approach for the 21st Century world.
The approach of the National Government, which should be without emphasis on political parties and their ideology. Where every elected representative is accountable for growth and development. A government which doesn’t only aim for a better world but can actually create one.
The future of Indian Politics desperately needs several policies. Free Education for all. Better medical facilities. Improved legal structure; introduce night courts maybe to get through the pending cases. Equal rights without reservations, because the reservations only act as a symbol of persistent inequality. Awareness among the poorer strata for cleanliness and the importance of education.
As a citizen of India, I believe we need a government who works from square one to overturn the unfruitful foundation stones laid down in history rather than working at a superficial level. Its time to stop allowing governments and political parties to use caste, religion, and reservations for political gains. Its time for the future!!
I am not against BJP or Congress, but I am against the very idea of Politics and political parties using the resources of the country for their own agenda.
Enough talks about dreams and visions. This is the time for reality.
India needs a system of governance which understands what its citizens want. An administration which doesn’t follow trends or react to the situations but which create trends and forms favorable situations. Alas, a reformed version of Indian Politics.
The views are Personal