Development, but at what Cost ?


India has been voting on the issue of development since last decade. BJP’s “India Shining” bombed, as back then, India was shining only in Media houses. Atal Behari Vajpayee and his brilliant team (Jaswant Singh, Arun Shourie, Brijesh Mishra) failed into the hands of RSS and Hindutatva agenda. From 2004 to 2009, India grew well both economically and socially under Manmohan Singh, and India voted them back on the agenda of development, with higher mandate. Now, again in 2014, it seems India is again voting on the agenda of development. And the man chanting that word the most is Narendra Modi.

But, I have a question! India needs development, but at what cost? During Congress regime from 2004-2014, India developed, managed recession and brought in social reforms. But we Indians paid a heavy price for it through “Corruption”. India is looking forward to Narendra Modi’s BJP, as he promises to speed up the India’s growth engine and bring prosperity to the nation. Considering his promises to be true, it may heavily cost us Indians into Moral Policing, Conservatism, Non-pluralistic visions and Social Dissonance. And who can guarantee that the government under Narendra Modi wouldn’t indulge in corruption, crony capitalism and scams. In the haste of achieving high sensex figures, lets not lose our ethics and social harmony.

If you and fellow Indians are ready to pay that price for development, go and vote for Narendra Modi.

Also for those, who are voting on the basis of religion, caste and creed, please go find another country for yourself.

(If Narendra Modi becomes India’s Prime Minister, hope he proves me wrong !)

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4 comments

  1. You have raised several important questions in this blog post, may I humbly point offer the following:

    1. “India has been voting on the issue of development since last decade.”
    Actually, Indians have been voting on the issue of development for the past 67 years. Here are some golden oldies INC slogans of the 1970’s: Roti, Kapda aur Makan or Garibhi Hatao.

    2. “And who can guarantee that the government under Narendra Modi wouldn’t indulge in corruption, crony capitalism and scams.”
    Agreed.
    However, the underlying expectation is a flawed one, trying to eliminate corruption/scams is akin to trying to eliminate human greed.
    There is not a country in the world, regardless of the form of governance in which corruption does not exist. The better governed countries in the world have created an environment (a standard of living, rule of the law etc) that minimizes corruption in the day-to-day lives of their citizens.

    3. “Also for those, who are voting on the basis of religion, caste and creed, please go find another country for yourself.”
    Sorry but voting along religion, caste or creed is the oldest tradition in Indian politics, unlike to change anytime soon.

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    1. Thanks for taking time out to read this post and comment !
      Replying back to your comment, don’t you think your 1st and 3rd argument are contradictory ! I consider, more and more Indians have started voting basis development as an agenda than a decade ago !
      I do agree on your 2point…

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      1. You are welcome, and I appreciate your response. Let me please address your comment that there is a contradiction in my earlier arguments:

        Point (1) is the messaging of the parties to the voters.
        Economic development is/has been a part of every political party’s manifesto in India, I am not aware of a candidate or party with a message of anti-development.

        My contention in point (3) is that voters in any given constituency tend to cast their votes along religion/caste/creed lines, assuming all candidates in that constituency are pro economic development.

        Now, if your position is that in the last decade, voters have been emphasizing development over religion/caste/creed, I welcome this development.

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