The wind has changed
The long-held political beliefs have taken a new path in India this year. The winds of socio-politico setups are fast changing and let’s hope this change is for good. The recent state assembly elections held across the country brought in a few surprising results. These results highlighted the fact that the Indians have finally come to realize the importance of voting and are more informed about their rights today. Defeat of the Communists in West Bengal, women politicians like Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee gaining greater foothold in traditionally male-held constituencies, several regional political parties coming to the forefront all point towards a massive shift in Indian politics. The ruling coalition in New Delhi will soon need to take into account these fast-changing facts and sooner than later devise policies that cater to the general public and their development across the country. Indian politicians also need to realize that despite India’s economic growth, the common man continues to suffer at the hands of poverty, poor health, lack of education and little or no shelter. It is therefore time to strengthen and work towards a common goal of public welfare. Fake promises and hollow slogans should turn into real development.
Tina Malick, Washington DC, U.S.