“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Arabian winds finally struck the shores of India. Along with it came the bubbles of street revolutions. This is a new trend bucking the earlier one where people came onto street for caste; now, they are vying for a cause. The people, basically the youngsters are restless. They want change in the attitude of their political masters. For them, sitting ideal and listening to the big promises does not serve any purpose. They want to redefine political discourse and governance. As India becoming is 65 old since independence, the overall percentage of youth in total population has risen up and touched almost 40% which is highest among all other nations. The minority has become the new majority. They want a visionary leader, a leader which can show them hope and fulfill their promises at a fast pace. For them a leader is defined by the action he takes and leads from the front. He should not buckle down by the outward pressure; be it pressure from a strong country like the US or an organization like the UN and inward pressure which tends to collation dharma. They want their leader to be expressive, vocal, and confident, who remains connected to them through online as well as offline means.
In the era of competitive politics, charisma does not work anymore. You can attract a great crowd during any political gathering but to get the votes, you have to do action above the ground. In India, there is no dearth of issues. Every area has its own problems; be it power, water, roads or poverty. No parties try to resolve them wholeheartedly. They want them to suffer from these problems so that they can again be made as election issues included them into manifesto. But then you cannot take anything granted for too long. In the words of Victor Hugo, “All the forces in the world are not as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” This time belongs to change. We want a participatory democracy even after election. The ideas of development should come from the bottom according to the need of the citizens and not implemented from the top as per the intentions of governance. A new party, AAP, bought this vision to the fore and won it. This clearly shows the mindset of the voters who are no longer afraid to try new leaders. There is a clear cut message for the political master of a feudal mindset– to perform as per the wishes of the electorate otherwise he will no longer be at the place where he is right now. Hope the change will strike the at the heart of politics all politicians will try to emulate the ideas of the newcomers.
By Hitesh Singh Pundir