04 December, 2020

Voting For A Chimera

I am more concerned about voices becoming silent out of fear, people deciding not to paint, sing or write in protest.

R.A. Chandroo
Voting For A Chimera

For nearly 70 years now, at election time, every party has been selling to the voter the prospect of better roads, electricity, water supply, education, jobs and healthcare. Now for the first time, a certain ‘Gujarat model of development’ and an economic policy dubbed Modinomics is being used as the bait for seduction. Most of India hasn’t seen this ‘Gujarat model’ but the BJP with the tacit support of corporate India has sold it. There are many lacunae in the idea of a developed Gujarat, many states are ahead of it, not to forget that Gujarat was never a Bihar, but we are intoxicated with a virtual, unreal creation. There being no ‘perfect Gujarat’, we may well be voting for a phantom that can never turn real.

The cultural question. The Modi camp has made its idea of India clear. Modi is ‘Hindu’, and not only in personal practice but also as a public sta­tesman. This country is not a Hindu country, willing to construct a homeless shelter for the outsider—Mus­lims and Christi­ans. The expression...



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