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Why Lok Sabha Elections 2014 is important ?

Independence Day 2013
(Dr Man Mohan Singh, Prime Minister of India hoisting the Indian Flag, Independence Day Celebrations at Red Fort, New Delhi, August 15, 2013 )

I do not understand why so many Indians as well as Non-resident Indians lament about what we do not have, conveniently forgetting what we have achieved till now. Don’t you think they need a dose of positive thinking ?

This year as well as the next year (2014) are critical and important to us – those seeking-to-be-elected and the electorate. Lok Sabha General Elections is scheduled to occur in the year 2014 ( most likely in the month of November) and once again, the world’s largest democratic system will seek our vote/ opinion to elect a party that will appoint a Prime Minister to lead our country. The run-up for this elections has already begun in full swing and the main contesting parties are the Congress party and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) at the national level. As in the past 20 years, there will be a coalition government this time too – Political parties and Politicians who are not voted to power will form alliances with those who are elected, in order to come to power. This is not right at all ! But that’s what happens every time. Post electoral alliances with parties rejected by the electorate do not have any moral ground to govern us.

As citizens of our country, we have constitutional rights and certain moral duties. Let us remember that .. we make governments and so we can dissolve or break them too. You can exercise your franchise wherever you are in the world, whether you are in the country or outside living in a foreign country. Firstly, you need to be sincerely interested to know and study the current political situation in India and then weigh your options to exercise your vote diligently. After a lot of careful thought and study, one should pass his or her judgment. Only such opinions are credit-worthy, valued and sought for.

The problems in our country are many and so are the opportunities too. Our country is going through development (‘under construction’) .. to be a developed country in the future. I cannot exactly measure time and tell you right away .. when it will be a developed country. But, believe me .. there are many ‘dedicated’ Indians actively involved in different spheres of nation building, to lead India to be a developed country. The efforts are not enough as yet. But today, unlike in the past, the developed world needs the ’emerging’ India more than we need them, to expedite the continued steps and recover from the current long global recession.

India is also affected by the global recession ; though, it is quite clear that India will play a vital role in prodding the global business interests and consequential growth thereafter. The GDP growth rate in our country which had averaged between 7 to 8 % over the last nine years has fallen down to 5 % this year. Most European nations’ economic conditions are in a bad shape. So is the United States of America with a poor dismal growth rate of less than 2 % but with an economy sized much larger .. amounting to nearly US $ 13 to 14 trillion. That is close to three times the size of Indian economy. But then, it is easier to kick start a smaller economy that is ’emerging’, so that it proves to be a determinant or a catalyst for the success of the global economy.

LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2014 IS IMPORTANT – because .. you and I will elect a government .. which will play a vital role in the growth of the world economy besides a greater role in the growth of our country’s economy. EVERY INDIAN CITIZEN WHO IS ENTITLED TO VOTE .. SHOULD VOTE THIS TIME WITHOUT FAIL ! And even each Non-resident Indian should participate in this electoral process – FOR ONCE, PLEASE STOP BEING INDIFFERENT TO THE STATE OF POLITICS AND PREVAILING GOVERNANCE IN YOUR COUNTRY .. AND, VOTE IN THE LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2014 WITHOUT FAIL ! or if you are much concerned about India besides just voting and feel that you have the right solutions to the problems faced in our country – you can return to India and we will welcome you whole-heartedly. Just finding faults with India does not really help ! It is very easy to find faults in others or the situation we are in. Try to be a part of the solution and contribute in one way or other. If you have ‘spare’ money and/ or time – Teach spoken English to the deserving ones so that they get a job in ‘globalized’ Indian markets since English speaking has become a prerequisite now ; or Educate a well deserving poor Indian child who is in your knowing ; or Adopt a small village or a NGO to help it grow faster ; or Start a business activity or an Entrepreneurship effort to develop India ; or Be a capable Lawyer to remove the prevailing injustice in India and protect the deserving ones ; or Return to India if you are a patriotic ‘successful’ Non resident Indian living in the developed world. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi did return to India because he loved his country more than his own materialistic comforts from living in South Africa. If you are truly an Indian – please do not lament anymore – instead, ask yourself – ‘What can I do for my country’s development ?’

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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