India’s Elections – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

May 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

Politics is strange, and eveyone knows that. Backstabbing, disgracing opponents and inflating self-achievement is common. Therefore, it is the drama of elections that brings out the creative genius of politicians worldwide. As seen in the recent US elections, media around the world simply loved how McCain and Palin dug their grave and Obama came out fluttering like the long-awaited minority hero. But what could you expect after 8 years of the legendary George W. ??


Now, looking eastward we see the drama of the Indian elections unfold. Described as the ‘age of coalitions‘ where no single party dominates the electoral college, multiple parties connive. If abbreviations like U.P.A. and N.D.A. were not enough, this year marks the glorious entry of the ‘Third Front‘ and I hear something about a ‘Fourth Front‘ as well. Something makes me feel that this could turn out to be a good script for a Bollywood thriller – who knows?

Some sanity to the Indian political battlefield was provided by the entry of United Nations veteran Shashi Tharoor. Campaigning from Kerala, Mr. Tharoor’s opponents could simply not control those creative instincts and spat out a gallore of illogical and baseless remarks.


Now comes the best part of this drama. The party in power, or actually the one that has control of the current alliance, the Congress party, decided that its achievements of the past few years may not be enough to win the upcoming elections. So how do they woo the masses? Show them ‘The Economist’ ! What else did you think? Gift giving is not cool, ok? So, what you do, is pick up a publication printed outside India which has an article that talks about all the follies of your political system, but if even a remote line claims you did your job well, voila, there you go – the magic persuassion formula!

Dumbass Congress – the article says, “For this reason, The Economist, if it had a vote, would plump for Mr Singh’s Congress.” Above it, in bold, it says “Better than the alternative” which as a sixth grader would explain, means that you aren’t the best! You’re just the better of the two evils!

Ok, I still support the Congress. Despite their latest persuasive strategy, their achiements cannot be ignored. Ideally Narendra Modi would be my choice PM, but he brings the baggage of the BJP. Which of course is the most disillusioned fanatical yet legal outfit.

Let see if there are any more twists and turns in this drama before we reach the climax.


Other events coded whiskey-tango-foxtrot:


a) Sarah Palin ‘knows’ Russia because she’s from Alaska, and as everyone knows, Alaska is ‘close to Russia’. Take that for foreign policy experience! [link]

b) Mc Cain’s paranoid agenda which included an ambitious call for a ‘League of Democracies.’ Bet hey, we’ll exclude Russia and China from the league, ok? [link 2]

c) The fear that Mayawati may be next Indian Prime Miniter. Then, extortion will be legalized!

d) The ultra-rich independent candidate from Mumbai. (Worth Rs. 622 crore or Rs 6.22 billion)

e) A fascination to see how Obama has fared in ‘the first 100 days.’

f) Arlen Specter jumps from the Republican party to the Democratic party. So what if he was committed to the Republican ideology for the last 30 years? The rationale is, that Democrats have a higher chance of winning state elections. Howzzat?

g) Shoegate. Encore. Yet again.

h) Varun Gandhi

Enough for now.


Entry filed under: India, Politics, Random, USA, WTF.

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