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Let’s search for alternative kind of politics and not political alternatives

Politics in our country was by and large unipolar in the initial decades after independence with the Indian National Congress capturing the political space from the parliament till the panchayats and the intelligentsia being overwhelmed with its role and attributes.

As cracks and crevices developed in the political handing and delivering process of the grand old party, public galvanisation and churning gave rise to new alternatives in the political circles. Most of these regional parties seemed to be the representative of regional demands and aspirations of people and hence gained acceptance at the state level. However, their lack of distinct and structured stand on national issues like reservation, religious issues, economic policies made them play either second fiddle to the INC or convolve to form political groups which sought support from the congress or the emergent Bharatiya Janata Party.

The failure of such political experiments cost the regional parties shrink and lose their base to national players most significantly the synergic and combative BJP. The need for political stability and globalisation blurring the differences between regional and national needs turned the opinion of people towards a powerful national alternative instead of a bunch of temporary political alternatives.

Another unique and historic phenomenon was the rise and reign of the Aam Aadmi party which came to the picture unconventionally and continues to enjoy the confidence and support of people over established political alternatives like the INC or the BJP in the NCT Delhi.

The rise of prime minister Narendra Modi with his communication strategy emphasising on a new kind of development-oriented and performance-oriented politics signalled a tectonic shift in India’s political culture when people across states identified leadership and promise of good governance as the most important issue and showed detachment from traditional voting patterns.

This is the single biggest example of alternative kind of politics taking lead over every other factor in Indian electoral preferences.

About the Author

Shashank is a student of strategic marketing and communications at MICA-Ahmedabad. Being a poet at heart, he likes to wear the thinker’s hat on issues of cultural and political importance. He has worked as a business analyst in one of the big four consultancy firms before starting school at MICA.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any other agency, organization, employer or company.

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