Saturday, April 23, 2005

A Political Gap To Be Filled

I have for a very long time now believed that neither of the major political parties of today cater to the aspirations of the people. I have discussed this at quite some length in a previous post. Most of the growing middle class, who are most vocal otherwise, do not care to vote. Thus it is the huge lower sections of India who mostly decide the fate of the parties. However, they are very often manipulated one way or the other and their demands and needs are never taken care of and they have mostly remained in the same state of development for the past 60 years.

It is my firm belief that there is a huge gap in Indian politics; a gap that can be filled by anyone who is willing to cater to the aspirations of the growing middle class and who can successfully entice them to come to the polling booths to cast their votes. I found an article in the Business Standard magazine that discusses this interesting possibility in a somewhat different manner. The author TCS Srinivasa Raghavan has this to say...

The prediction is this: in a decade or so from now, large sections of the Congress and the BJP will have come together under a common label. This will be the new Third Front.

The starting point is once again the educated middle class, which is growing faster now than it was in the 1980s. Therefore, sooner than you think, a new political formation will have to emerge to reflect the aspirations and needs of this group.

Read the full article here

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