POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON May 26, 2009 AT 02:33 IST ,  Edited At: May 26, 2009 02:35 IST

Ashis Nandy in Tehelka:

Diverse configurations in diverse places determined the fate of different candidates and parties. Different regions had different logic even within a given state. Still, underlying the diversity there were some common themes.

...First, I think people were looking for ways to lower the temperature of politics...

...The second underlying theme is that people were searching for a sort of minimum decency. Negative campaigns, excessively personal attacks, hostile slogans — all of this seemed to upset the voter... 

(I asked a waiter at the India International Centre in Delhi what he felt about the election results. “It’s been very good,” he said. Was he a Congress supporter, I asked him. “It’s not that, sahib,” he replied. “That Sardarji is a good man. He is educated, he is not a thief, and he is a newcomer to politics. Still, they got after him, calling him weak and scared. Who can enjoy watching that? I am just happy that this election result has shown there is a god watching above.” I quote the waiter verbatim because I think the idea of “a god above” might have been a consideration with many other people as well.)

...THE THIRD and interlinked theme this election was the voter’s desire to bring down the arrogant.

Read the full article at Tehelka: The Hour Of The Untamed Cosmopolitan

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON May 26, 2009 AT 02:33 IST ,  Edited At: May 26, 2009 02:35 IST
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May 27, 2009
10:36 AM
To call Manmohan singh a good sardarji is a travesty of the truth.As Churchill said of Atlee that 'he is a sheep in in sheep's clothing' so is this Manmohan Singh.He is a disgrace to the post of the prime minister when he sheepishly takes orders from a former barmaid Sonia Maino in smallest matters.Manmohan wants that position at any cost.I can quote just two examples to show that he lacks great character.He assiduosly avoided P.V.Narasimha Rao who was solely responsible for what he is today,once he noticed that Sonia's stars were on the rise.The other case is an election speech he made when standing opposite V.K.Malhotra,that RSS was behind the Sikh killings in the afermath of Indira's killing.Even a child knew that the mayhem was organised by the Congress under Rajiv Gandhi.It should also be stated that PVN Rao wanted Dr K.N.Raj of London School of Economics as his finance minister,but the latter declined the offer to Manmohan's great luck.His pro-Muslim policies and taking the Hindus for granted is nauseating.
S.S.Nagaraj
Bangalore, India
2/D-102
May 26, 2009
08:10 PM
You can personnaly attack if the leader is from BJP.But it is a negative campaign when Dynasty representatives are criticised.The ugly yellow journalism enjoyed holly by attacking the opposition rather than the ruling puppets.Tehelka which stands against "corruption" was silent when quotrochi was given clean chit by sardarji and allowing southern dravidian smugglers depositing millions in swiss bank.
bhagath
UAE, United Arab Emirates
1/D-98
May 26, 2009
08:18 AM
Amazing comment..people of the earth have a distinct way of getting straight to the truth and this is a perfect example.
tejinder
st louis, United States
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