India, the largest democracy in the world is in the midst of the General Elections so naturally it is the largest election ever being conducted. The 2014 elections are being conducted in 9 phases right from April 7 to May 12, 2014 and the results will be out on May the 16th.
What is so special about these elections? For a change, the current Prime Minister has opted out of the race (Phew!!!). The anti incumbency factor is showing up loud and clear with the nation clamouring for change or so it seems to me. This time it looks like a clear battle between an individual who surely had no silver spoon in his mouth and a scion, though I have my serious reservations on the capabilities of the scion. I have always believed that dynastic politics must end and I am hoping that these elections banish this nonsense from the face of India. Of course there is a third angle but unlike a show spoiler some months ago, he can do little this time as people have seen through his game plan.
So many personal attacks on each other, whether veiled or open who cares? Paid news, paid coverage in the media, you name it and we are witnessing it all here. Technology being used to the hilt with Google+, Facebook and Twitter agog with posts and counter posts. TV interviews resemble a mud slinging match on a tennis court with the mud ball being sloshed from one end as the other end already is sending out one. No serve and volley only blindly serve.
In Mumbai the voting day is 6 days from today and as we approach the last weekend before the voting day the campaigns are reaching a crescendo (read more cacophony, more traffic snarls, more junk being delivered to homes, more trash in the newspapers, suddenly unknown people smiling at you, you name it and it is all there). Thursday morning voting starts at 0700 and I plan to beat the rush and be amongst the first few to get in and vote. Save the bother of long queues as there are more number of people expected than before.
All in all, I am clear that I am backing the winning horse and I just want him to win handsomely so that the other jokers are completely banished. We have had enough and want to live at least the next five years if not more in peace.
Disclaimer: I am not exhorting anyone to vote for any particular party or person. I just want people to go out and vote. Every vote counts as this is the only time we can teach all these !@#$%^s a lesson. PLEASE GO OUT AND VOTE ON THURSDAY MORNING.