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If 206 Is The New 412...

Twenty five years ago, 1984 was, if not Orwelian, an exceptionally tough year for India: Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi assassination, Sikh Carnage, Bhopal Gas Tragedy, and,  Shekhar Gupta reminds us in the Indian Express:

And yet, that year ended on a note of resurgence and optimism of a kind rarely seen in our history. Rajiv won a mandate that made the adjective “historic” an understatement. In fact, he put it more aptly when, in his first interview, he acknowledged that people’s expectations were “scary”.

Remember, he had got 412 seats in the same Lok Sabha then. Now, his party has secured 206, exactly half as many, and the wave of optimism it has unleashed, in so many ways, is comparable to those heady days of a quarter century ago. OK, we must admit that our politics has evolved in so complicated a manner in these 25 years that 206 is probably the new 412. But the natural corollary, then, is that, just like the mandate of 1984, this one has also generated popular expectations that a realistic and intelligent politician would describe as “scary”. And the problem with such mandates is that they leave the voters more impatient, less forgiving. Feel-good takes no time to turn into disillusionment, and the voter often comes back at you with the fury of a jilted lover. ..

Read on at the Indian Express

Twenty five years ago, 1984 was, if not Orwelian, an exceptionally tough year for India: Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi assassination, Sikh Carnage, Bhopal Gas Tragedy, and,  Shekhar Gupta reminds us in the Indian Express:

And yet, that year ended on a note of resurgence and optimism of a kind rarely seen in our history. Rajiv won a mandate that made the adjective “historic” an understatement. In fact, he put it more aptly when, in his first interview, he acknowledged that people’s expectations were “scary”.

Remember, he had got 412 seats in the same Lok Sabha then. Now, his party has secured 206, exactly half as many, and the wave of optimism it has unleashed, in so many ways, is comparable to those heady days of a quarter century ago. OK, we must admit that our politics has evolved in so complicated a manner in these 25 years that 206 is probably the new 412. But the natural corollary, then, is that, just like the mandate of 1984, this one has also generated popular expectations that a realistic and intelligent politician would describe as “scary”. And the problem with such mandates is that they leave the voters more impatient, less forgiving. Feel-good takes no time to turn into disillusionment, and the voter often comes back at you with the fury of a jilted lover. ..

Read on at the Indian Express

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