Who do I wish to see in power the next year??

I remember 5 years back I had just turned 18 and I voted for a candidate (wont name him) for the first time in my life. I felt so proud of myself that I just could not stop myself from showing off the black ink on my index finger. When the results were declared, I was happy...Congress had won FINALLY. Atleast there shall not be some old men ranting about Hinduism, there would be no Godhara riots, no babri masjid or rath yatra bullshit happening. I was even more excited when I learnt that our PM would be Manmohan Singh ( one of the best economists we have) , I was happy to learn that PC Chidambaram will be our Finance Minister (daddy said he's the best). I thought that the Golden era for India has arrived!!! I thought indeed Congress ka haath hoga aam aadmi ke saath!!!

Four years and seven months have passed, it's time for next elections. In these four odd years India has witnessed many sad incidents. I just do not wish to enlist it coz there's too much to be listed and I have no energy to do so. Manmohan and his cabinet ministers despite being highly educated and all have not delivered much. We all are angry, especially now after the recent Mumbai terror attacks. All of us want a dynamic leader to take charge of our nation. Expectations have increased more after US Presidential elections announced Barack Obama as the next US president. I am still hoping that there would be someone really dynamic coming into power. Here is a list of people who I actually wish to see in power (for some departments I have no choices):

PM: Ratan Tata or Narayan Murthi
Finance Minister: Amartya Sen
Home minister: Kiran Bedi
Defence Minister: I donno probably someone who has been in the defence system (someone who is morally upright and knows the nitty-gritties of the defence force) would be the ideal candidate.
I&B ministry: Can't think of any ideal candidate as of now. But someone as dynamic as Prannoy Roy would do for me.
Railway ministry: I dont want Lalu Prasad Yadav to go coz he has done some good things for railways. I kind of like him.
Health ministry: I have never had issues with Ramadoss so I am ok with him.
HRD: This department needs someone who is fair in making decisions and takes Human Resource (which actually is high in India) seriously. I pray no one like Arjun Singh should get the post.

There are still loads of portfolios to be discussed and I shall keep updating it as and when I can think of suitable candidates for suitable portfolios. Till then it's Tata, bye-bye from me.

Psst: by chance anybody is reading this post wishes to suggest some good candidate for any portfolio...u r free to do so :)


Anonymous said...

I am against democracy. Illiterate, poor people are easily influenced by money, caste, religion.

What will you do if you become emperor?

The Layman said...

Interesting post :)

HRD: Gayathri Vishwanathan ;)
What say?

But on a serious note, even if all these people came together to form a party, they would never win unless they learn to play vote bank politics. But a very good idea. Made me think why can't the CII come up with a party. As it is, they are actively involved in many youth ventures.. might as well form a party!!

PS: I remember 5 years back I had just turned 18 and I voted for a candidate Exactly five years back?? :)

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

@neo...democracy as such is not wrong. But yes democracy has been misused terribly in our country :(

@layman...I can be a good critic that's it :-D

and yes i agree the candidates that i have mentioned may woo the urban crowd, but will fail miserably in wooing the rural crowd (and unfortunately more than 75% of india's population stays in rural areas).

And no i did not vote exactly 5 years back...it is 4 years 7 months 2 be precise. But yes exactly 5 years back i did turn 18 years old :))

The Layman said...

Bleated bday wishes :)

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

thank u thank u...and belated b'day wishes 2 u too.


That was definitely a good read Gaya. Was informative and thought provoking. So genuine still not confusing. That's rare feet.

Still reading some of your post. Am a fan already. Keep blogging, bye.

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

hey saif bhai...those were some real encouraging words from u. Your comment has now motivated me to write more of it now...will do it! thanks a ton!!!

Ramesh Srivats said...

Good discussion starter I must say.

Do you want to read some election speeches - Mallya, Lalu types. Check http://www.rameshsrivats.net/2008/12/100-word-election-speeches-part-2.html

Vikram said...
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Vikram said...

Well, I think you need to think a bit deeper about Indian democracy, India's Republican history and how various sections of the Indian society see the Indian state.

Each section of the society has its own aspirations, and the very nature of India implies that we have many sections. In particular there seems to be a great intellectual and emotional schism between the urban middle-class (in all states) and the rural underclass (particularly the Dalits of North India).

The urban middle class sees the state as a facilitator of economic prosperity while the Dalits see the state as a rectifier of centuries of social injustice.

So hope that we get leaders that can negotiate these wide-ranging aspirations with tact and vision. Now think about whether Ratan Tata commands any trust of an oppressed Chamar in Bihar.

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

@vikram.you are right...when i write about leaders and politics i am being irresponsible by ignoring the larger section of indian society mainly constituted by rural population. I truly admit thos. But i am writing this purely coz I want to see a leader who can get things done rather than just talk or keep anayzing situations for ages. the reason y i added ratan tata or narayan murthy as ideal candidates was coz they have that leadership skills in them and will get things done without procastinating it any further.

Keep writing and must say my dad is already a fan of your write-ups :)