In a veiled attack on BJP’s apparent prime ministerial candidate — Narendra Modi – NCP chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that anyone projecting himself as leader too early before the polls is bound to fizzle out even before the actual contest begins. Sharad Pawar said he spoke from his past experience .. when he said that opening one’s cards too early before the polls was not advisable in the Indian political scenario. ‘My observation in Indian politics is that if anyone tries to project himself too early, he invites trouble and I think BJP and Narendra Modi have started their projection too early and with a definite position. I don’t know what will happen. My experience, my previous observation, is not very good,’ said Sharad Pawar as quoted by the Indian Express Newspaper.
The newspaper report further quoted Sharad Pawar as saying that one or more from among — Trinamool Congress’ Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party’s Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati, Biju Janata Dal’s Naveen Patnaik, Janata Dal (United)’s Nitish Kumar and the AIADMK’s J Jayalalithaa — could become the ‘Kingmaker’ in forming the central government in 2014. And without their support it was likely that the Congress or the BJP would find it difficult to come to power.
Now, lets look at the Muslim votes in the offing – Columnist M J Akbar writes .. ‘The Congress formula for Indian Muslims is rooted in colonial legacy: divide and rule. The BJP approach has been shaped by rage at partition: avoid and rule. All Muslims want from both claimants to national power is provide and rule; not because they are Muslims but because they are largely poor.’
So, Is it going to be factional politics or a rightful step towards democratic progress through coalition politics in 2014 ?
This forthcoming Lok Sabha General elections is going to be interesting to watch, measure outcomes and critically important for me to participate as a valued voter. The stakes are really high .. for the Indian business leaders/ Industry as well as the Indian politics. There is an anti-incumbency factor looming large threatening the UPA coalition as a result of its weak governance in the last 10 years. The Inflation is at an all time high. Indian Rupee slide is setting new benchmark of how decadent we can be in foreign exchange control. Commodities, vegetables and in particular, the Onion prices are hitting the roof ! US Federal Reserve’s planned stimulus withdrawal through quantitative easing is hampering the emerging markets’ business plans. FDI and FIIs are exiting India (and also from the BRICS) and we do not know whether they will return with much stronger ‘renewed’ vigor to enter markets at weak Indian rupee rates. But then, inflation needs to be controlled by the new RBI Governor designate Raghuram Rajan and at the same time, he has to ensure to not stifle the GDP growth of India in the process. Current Account Deficit (CAD) needs to be drastically reduced from the existing levels of 4.8 % of GDP. Then, there is .. the congress led UPA government mooted ‘The Food Security Bill’ ! Will this ‘landmark’ bill be a game changer to lead India to be a developed country or will it shoot up the already high Indian tax-payer burden to crazier heights ?
In the midst of all this, since being a movie-buff, I take out some of my time available .. to keep a tab on and watch Indian Movie Industry’ new releases ; or watching my favorite Tamil television sitcom ‘Nadhaswaram’ or updating myself with the Hindi film stars’ latest gossip. And of course, in addition, there is .. my recently reduced but continued interest in the spiritual world through occasional but regular visits to and submission of my ‘enlightening’ updates/ comments on the Speaking Tree web-blog-site ? Oh My ! I am busy .. because this is what I do when I am actually free .. from my every day business compulsions resulting from my occupation as a management consultant ! 🙂