India, the world’s largest democracy is right now voting for a new government in different phases spread over the entire country. In spite of rampant and widespread corruption, the country has survived the difficult times since last 67 years as the Indian system has been perpetually riddled by corruption in numerous varied forms. As the very foundation of malpractices and anomalies in administration was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India).
An election in India is really an interesting dance of democracy as leaders, parties & governments gets elected and then the people forget whom they had voted for and leaders who made numerous promises, forget the promises they had made for the people and parties forget their election manifestos
and the life goes on for another five years(or maybe 10) and the parties and the elected leaders keep looting this poor developing country leaving the people of this great country at the mercy of all varied sorts of anarchy, escalating prices and many varied difficulties of our times.
In spite of past betrayals the entire country gets hysteric about an election(There are but a few political parties who have tried to fulfill the promises they made). The process of election starts with declaration of election dates, the filing of nominations by candidates and the actual preparation of personnel who monitor the voting process.
The campaigning for the elections is also very interesting as the candidates of each constituency leaves no stones unturned to woo the voters. There are innumerable public meetings that are addressed by the candidates as also the national and local leaders address the people and highlight the achievements of their respective parties so as to remind the public why they should vote for their candidates, such meetings are also an arena of allegations and counter allegations on the rival parties and its candidates and they also provide food for thought for the people of India and lead to deciding for whom they are going to vote.
The entire election process is monitored by “The Election Commission of India” (EC). As soon as the elections are declared by the EC implements strict ‘compliance of the code of conduct’ by all the candidates and their respective parties too because if this is not done sky would be the limit of malpractices to muster votes and support for a particular party. The EC also caps the expenditure to be done by each candidate during his/her campaigning.
The political parties in India have found many ways and means to dodge the code of conduct. Though India being a secular country all its political parties resort to appeasing tactics of favoring the voters who belong to a particular religion/caste/creed of the country. This is a very disturbing fact of the Indian democracy and it has a potential to disturb all election outcome calculations of any party.
In the very recent past a caste based political leader erected many sculptures of her party symbol and also her own sculptures in public places in the state of Uttar Pradesh to popularize her image and establish her rule in the state government and no other party or the govt of India has guts to remove these sculptures in fear of bearing the wrath of a particular caste people.
Another leader from the same state called the rapists as children who had committed a mistake and also advocated that they should not be awarded corporal punishments for their crimes and must be dealt with leniently and he also suggested that even the rape victims somehow were equally responsible for the crime and they must also be punished for the crime committed against them. Well, there are many such election related malpractices which cannot be controlled by the EC and they can only be termed as an irony that the worlds biggest democracy of a great nation has to deal with reluctantly. Instances of such ironies can also be witnessed in ‘The Mahabharata‘ the most popular epic of India.
To sum it up: inspite all the negative points the Democracy of India is very much alive and healthy and it has been drawing attention of the people of the entire globe. Armed with democracy the people of this great nation who are expecting a change in the leadership are now voting the candidates of their choice, yet, only the results will tell if the people are able to change the leadership of the country and also establish a strong, responsible and a true Indian government as the current ruling party has an Indian Prime minister but he is a silent and mute intellectual and just a puppet of an Italian-Indian arrogant lady.
Finally the future of the well being of affairs of a country depends on how active the educated masses of the country are, and it pains to note that only 50.6% of the total voters of Bengaluru – the silicon valley of India and a paltry 52.66% of the total voters of the financial capital of India – Mumbai turned out to vote. GOD SAVE THIS GREAT NATION.