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Kul Bhushan on Indian polls: Politicians must perform or perish

Coastweek -- When 814 million Indians vote in the general elections this month, they are voting for change.

Most are angry, very angry.

Killing prices, massive corruption, inefficient public services, no respite from violence against women are some of the issues that have angered them.

And now it’s their turn to tell them what they think by electing their leaders.

The estimated 875.5 million Indian mobile users can send text, photos, videos or voice messages to share their views with others and make an impact.

With social media, they can protest before they explode on the streets.

Finally, the hyper-active media provides 24-hour news and comment to even the illiterate to make up their minds.

Then there is the web for all the information they need.

In this scenario, the aspirant leaders must be educated, honest and able to communicate effectively.

To meet the high expectations of the people, educated persons of merit should rule.

Says Osho: "The days of democracy are over.

"A new kind of system is needed, based on merit.

"We have thousands of universities all over the world.

"Why have ordinary, unknowledgeable, ignorant masses chose people who will be holding tremendous power for five years in their hands?"

Before they are nominated, the contenders need to be educated and must have merit, meaning honesty in their lives and work.

Before they are elected, the contenders need excellent communication skills to reach out and convince voters in clear and simple language.

After getting elected, they need to deliver on their promises and keep in constant touch with their voters and people.

Unless this happens after these elections, the new leaders will be thrown out.

After elections, India is ready to take a sharp turn on the right path.

Who will guide the world’s biggest democracy on this path?

Will the people elect young leaders without criminal records?

Will educated and meritorious leaders emerge from this battle of the ballots?

And will these leaders be able to clean up the system and make it responsive to the people in providing education, health, water, power and jobs?

In this battle, a new political party has entered promising to end corruption and change the system in favour of the common man.

Some changes have already happened in the two major parties with the selection of candidates.

Their poll strategies have also been realigned. Now it remains to be seen how many members of this new party get elected to parliament?

None of the big two parties is expected to form the government with 272 seats without the support from one or more of India’s large regional parties.

Even if the new, fringe party do not form the government, it can make a big difference as opposition if it garners 50 or more seats.

Never has been there so much interest and expectation as in this general election.

Voter turnout is expected to be high.

They want to vent their fury at the ballot box.

People are very frustrated and want results to help them. If the next government cannot deliver results fast, the people will not tolerate it.

So the elected leaders will have to perform or perish.


Former Kenya journalist, editor, author, publisher and a media consultant, Kul Bhushan has worked at senior levels in different countries and continents for over 40 years with international and multi-national organizations.


He now lives with his large  



family (all sannyasins) in New Delhi and edits the English edition of Osho World monthly magazine. He has written 24 books, including one in calligraphy called ‘Treasures of the Hindu Way of Life’ that features quotes by Osho.



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