Wednesday, March 3, 2010

31. A case for two prime ministers

Unlike Gandhi and Nehru, the leaders of the present generation are rarely seen amongst the rural poor. And whenever they do, it is no less than a breaking news. The entire media, both print and electronic, goes esctatic on their unique feat. Hailed as a shrewd poliical move, it seems a rare favour returned to the poor by the powers-that-be.The trend has indeed caught on with political leaders of all hues, keeping (safe) distance from those who return them to power is more of a norm than exception. The apparent dichotomy of India vs Bharat is getting real.

The physics of distance is getting redefined. Neither kilometers nor hours, distance has become a measure of power. More the distance, higher the power. Once in power, the distance switch gets activated by default. It is a colonial legacy that has seemingly lived on, taking pride in representing the urban elite at the cost of ignoring the rural poor. Deficit democracy is clearly at work where the head of the government has little time to travel to the countryside to hear the pains and anguish of the rural poor. Did you notice that our current Prime Minister and his predecessor have hardly been to a village, as if the 60 per cent of the population doesn't exist?

Don't the rural poor deserve a second Prime Minister to represent their case? Ek se bhale do!

3 comments:

Kuldeep said...

As 'notes' have acquired power to influence and purchase votes, politicians' proximity to moneybags at the cost of poor is a natural outcome. The educated middle class' apathy towards political issues and dumbing down of the society provide shield to the powers that be. If occasional 'outings' to villages for a change from the protected airconditioned environs can be projected as revolutionary steps and signs of visionory leadership, India's future is surely doomed.

微笑每一天 said...

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Kabir said...

Agreed! But India should have three prime minister: Urban, Rural, Tribal...


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