Indian general election, 2014: Stability Vs Chaos?


Indian General Elections are round the corner. The heat is on. Here goes my first apolitical post on politics in my blog. 

So it seems to me that the upcoming 2014 elections has brought to fore the age-old debate between stability and chaos. Leaving aside the individuals and their ideologies (or the lack of it), how do we choose between stability and chaos? 
While stability is definitely comforting, because we impulsively feel secure to delegate the country's future to an experienced, efficient leader, it's incredible that for the first time in our country(or probably in the world),we've begun to entertain a choice which embodies chaos in the true sense of the word. 

What makes this embodiment of chaos interesting is the way it callously throws away our cherished assumptions about politics and leadership. Firstly, it doesn't have a solid, cohesive identity congealed out of a certain poltical ideology. It appears to be, weirdly, more of a "non-party" entity which has arisen as a result of collective outrage that has arisen in a country which had inured itself to corruption. 

Secondly, it doesn't have any trappings of the single-hero, mythic leadership we are familiar with. It is headed by a leader who doesn't have any qualms in saying " I don't know" in front of the masses who are so conditioned to hearing confident, highfalutin rhetoric about "change", "destiny" and "victory". 

I don't know if we are ready yet to come out of our comfort zone and choose a leader who stands miles away from our cherished dreams and ideas of a leader. We like comforting, stable leaders probably because we can then get back to our own lives and get our minds off the country. Nation's welfare has been effectively outsourced to these experienced, stable leaders. After all, aren't we the outsourcing experts of the world?

But, what if we resist such urges to outsource the managing of our country and be ready to take complete ownership of our civil lives? I know, for sure, it requires tremendous courage. The million dollar question is: Are we ready? 

Inspiration Credits: Conversations with the farmer. Image Credits:World View Therapy  

4 comments:

Ashutosh said...

If you look closely, its actually not chaos. The new party is actually ready to admit that they do not have a comprehensive policy or a monochromatic vision. What they have is good intention, which is being questioned will all possible angles. Truth is, no one is perfect. But I would rather like to have someone who I can trust rather than someone I know to be corrupt.
That being said, I will still vote for Modi, because the new party still needs to learn a lot and cleanse itself of parasitic opportunists who are joining the bandwagon in a hurry. But I will want the new party to survive, learn and then come to power, with perhaps the same intention and principles at the time of its inception.
Modi is not great, he is just a better alternative than the pathetic Italian gang.

Venkataraman said...

Hi Ashutosh. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! If there is no comprehensive vision, isn't it all chaos? What you say of opportunists is very true. I think its inevitable given the nascent stage at which the party is currently.

Kelly Rennie said...

Brilliant blog post! This bit just sums it up perfectly for me "... in a world
awash with data, narratives play a critical role in providing the
dynamic contexts by which we would make sense of the Big Data..."

There is so much information around, the trick now is in interpreting it and being able to persuasively and clearly communicate that view to others.

Venkataraman said...

Thanks @Kelly Rennie for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. You are spot on. It is boiling down to how we tell our stories. Apologies for missing your comment and not responding earlier.