The wind has changed

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

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.

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