22 September, 2020

Bull's Eye

The other day I ran into a psephologist. "This general election will be a turning point in India's political history," he said.

Bull's Eye
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The other day I ran into a psephologist. "This general election will be a turning point in India’s political history," he said. "From now on, only regional parties will govern India."

"So you rule out the chances of the Congress or BJP forming a government?" "Don’t be silly," he snapped. "Only the Congress or BJP can form the government."

"But you said that only a regional party will govern India?"

"That’s right, after this poll both Congress and BJP will become mere regional parties!"

"Oh! Well, which party do you think will succeed?"

"That depends on which party has stronger cadres."

"Well, the BJP is a cadre-based party. People say it has stronger cadres."

"Then Congress is sure to win. Nowadays party cadres always work against their own candidates. Infighting in all parties ensures that."

"What about the Third Front? You think it stands no chance because it lacks a common ideology?"

"You’re wrong," he said. "I rule out the Third Front because it has a common ideology. Every...

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