Here is your essay on Indian General Election 2014 !
India gained its independence and a democratic status in 1947 and the general elections coming ahead in 2014 will mark 67 years of its status. The minds behind the thought of India as a sovereign nation were excellent and had no personal motives while participating in the establishment of a democratic set up.
Corruption was far from their noble thoughts and deeds. The political situation has become highly corrupted and there are flaws in the election process that are beyond estimate. The electoral process is still followed while staging elections in the country so that the government at the Center can be established and can function to run the country.
India has parliamentary constituencies where in Members of Parliament for the Lok Sabha are chosen through voting/election which is done every 5 years. May 31, 2014 marks the end of present constitutional term of the Lok Sabha.
ECI (Election Commission of India) is the authority responsible for holding the election while the President is the one who dissolves the Parliament. These elections will decide the next government that shall hold the power with its members elected by the country. The present government is led by UPA coalition with Indian National Congress leading it. It is speculated that after Dr. Manmohan Singh, the current Prime Minister of India having led the government for two consecutive terms, Mr. Rahul Gandhi, may be appointed as the next prime ministerial candidate for 2014 elections.
In opposition, BJP’s proposed candidate is Mr. Narendra Modi who is also the present Chief Minister of Gujarat. There may be changes to the candidate decisions and time will decide the real leaders who come ahead to fight for the position of Prime Minister. It is believed that so far the two biggest parties have been banking on urban and rural India for their vote bank. While Congress continues to cash upon rural India’s penchant for them, BJP tries to win the confidence of Urban Indians by devising policies that favor them.
Narendra Modi is popular amongst the young and educated citizens who live in the world of internet and expect technological advancement in the country. His electoral ideas and campaigning ways have capitalized social networking and captured audiences online for supporting his ideology and actions. His active presence on Twitter and use of Google hangouts to reach people and have a direct word with them mark his people friendliness approach in politics. He is a leader of present generation and is capable of mobilizing large numbers through his vocal skills and his firm resolutions. He has also managed to stand out of all criticism and controversies that he has faced in the past.
Congress is also actively following the web audiences and Rahul Gandhi is trying to reach the countrymen by showing active participation as a future Prime Ministerial candidate. Vocal presence on internet and social media has become the need of the hour with the middle class and their issues considered playing a deciding role in upcoming general elections. Rahul Gandhi has been reaching out the villagers and countrymen in many situations of crisis and also to embark upon some significant projects. He has however failed to express opinions in matters of political and economic concerns where a leader should showcase active interest and involvement.
Inflation and related problems of unemployment, increased taxes on all commodities, heightened rates of criminal acts and rapes, series of corruption scandals are key issues which have displeased Urban India to a great extent and can be a challenge before the Congress in upcoming elections of 2014. BJP’s internal issues and lack of unity and consensus over pity leadership issues within the party may create problems for it when contesting elections against Congress in many states. If both the parties due to their loopholes fail to win the elections, a Third front formed by small political parties may come in power in coalition. Pranab Mukherjee who was competent as a candidate for Prime minister has been ruled out by giving him post of President of India. Gandhis due to their political background have taken a strong hold in the position as leaders always and this is the reason that Rahul Gandhi is ready to start his active political career with this opportunity.
Many states in India have been able to establish monarchial rule with consistent presence as ruling parties in the region. Jammu and Kashmir has Kashmir National Conference in ruling while DMK rules the politics of Tamil Nadu. Other big states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi too have big leaders who compete by gathering votes of minority to oust others from coming to power.
Even as true democracy fails to exist, even when religious and regional issues continue to be used for political gimmicks and even when criminalization of politics has become the modus operandi, the country continues to foresee the upcoming elections as a time of political upturn.
The future of the nation in hands of such leaders who rule for money and power for their own family and relatives and where selfish interests overweigh country’s interest is not anywhere bright. While parties like Aam Aadmi party hope to change the country’s present scenario, bring about law and order for the common man and work for the interests of everyone eliminating corruption from all political machineries, the dream may not be practically realizable at least by upcoming elections in India with the strong hold of corrupt and devilish politicians befooling the uneducated and poor people to get the vote bank. The vulnerability of Kejriwal and his team make them weak as favorable options for Parliamentary elections in 2014. “United we stand, Divided we fall” is the mantra of coalition that continues to rule with support from small parties that find their own selfish interests met by coming to power. If India is in need of real leaders who can transform the current system and make it truly democratic and free from corruption, a drastic change in the political set up and parties in power is needed.