For once Indians are pointing finger at themselves and showing the stain to the world. Yes, they are in process of picking a 'seemingly less dirty' shirt out of a stinking pile of dirty linen. A shirt which they would have to don for next five years. General Elections in India is a five yearly blue moon event when common man is hailed by the sitting and would be lords soon to be forgotten and left alone to languish in misery.
This year's elections are spiced up as coaltar has been added to the usual saffron & green gulaal Holi. It all started when the ruling party was having a party. Anna's movement against corruption gathered steam as the government in power was plundering national resources & funds rampantly. There was a huge media coverage of the movement. Common people from all walks of life came forward and protested against the prevailing corruption. A Lokpaal bill was drafted by Anna and company but politicians cutting across party lines were against the draft. As the demand for implementing the bill was growing louder, politicians started thinking of strategy to thwart the menace by breaking the movement. Once again 'divide and rule' ploy was used to dissolve the movement. A faction of Anna & company was lured into joining the elite power club under the leadership of AK. AK ate the apple and was expelled from the paradise. Sentenced to earth, AK landed with his men as Aam Aadmi Party. The common man received them as a gift sent from heaven and soon crowned him as the prince of Delhi darbaar. But chhote sarkar had a king size ambition. He relinquished Delhi crown in pursuit of greater goal. Armed with a brooshh and tar he jumped into the national arena to play election holi, a game which he grossly misunderstood and underestimated. The earthly rural India rejected his idea of tar so now he is trying to steal some green gulaal and save the day & face.
Holi aside, ages later, the system sucks. I find the party system in democracy outdated and misplaced. How could a single party with common interests represent an entire nation of over one billion people. I strongly advocate that the party system should be abolished, in stead, we should elect and send a bouquet of good people, who have a sound background of social service in their localities, to the parliament. And these 500 odd representatives along with a body of bureaucrats should work out a manifest and rule the nation.
It will be difficult to execute the above model at the national level in the beginning but it may be tried and tested at state level first.