wo weeks from now, the election results will be out. According to the media, this has been the most momentous poll in recent years. Never has the middle class been so involved. Never has the youth vote been larger. Never before have so many celebrity and Bollywood stars through TV channels urged people to vote. A leading national daily has even started a campaign to encourage the youth to lead. The hype suggests that the future of India will depend on your vote. So what will the polls decide? Consider some of the momentous issues on which people will vote.
Is Dr Manmohan Singh very weak or very strong, like a lion from Punjab? Is L.K. Advani a helpless wimp who only wept and allowed the Babri mosque to be demolished? And what did he do in the Kandahar hijacking? These are among the issues we must judge in order to chart India’s future in the 21st century.
And what did the Congress do against the Chinese in 1962? We must go over its record to decide how we should vote in 2009.
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