1. PAMPER DYNASTIES
Blinded by powerful families, we vote for them continually though our conscience must say no.
2. DON’T REWARD FIGHTERS
The CPI(ML) has been seeking a clean Bihar for years. They don’t get more than a handful of seats.
3. IGNORE WORTHY NOMINEES
Manmohan Singh lost by 29,999 votes in the 1999 South Delhi Lok Sabha election. Hasn’t contested since.
4. DON’T CHANGE VOTING HABITS
Grandfathers voted for Indira. We vote for Sonia and Rahul. The world has changed in between.
5. GIVE UNDUE CREDIT
The Congress didn’t do CNG in Delhi. The Supreme Court did.
6. DON’T STAND AS ONE
Thirty-seven parties in the Lok Sabha and 29 in the Rajya Sabha. Can get crazy, like in Jharkhand.
7. ARE LETHARGIC
Can’t step out, for causes or for voting. So, we minimise who we are.
8. DON’T THINK
The BJP in Gujarat after 2002. The Left for 33 years in West Bengal. Chamling since 1994 in Sikkim.
9. CHOOSE PERSONALITIES, NOT POLICIES
Amitabh. Dharmendra. Azharuddin. Jayaprada. Not liberalisation, Article 370, RTI, women’s reservation.
10. ACCEPT BRIBES
Liquor. Money. Land. Jobs. And sundry other favours. We are fine with it. They are fine with it.
& 10 THINGS WE DO RIGHT
1. Understand politics
2. Boot them out. Indira. Rajiv. VP Singh. Vajpayee
3. Get the issues right. Price rise. Corruption. Dictatorship
4. Seek change when angry
5. Prevent monopoly
6. Keep track of demography
7. Accept women at the top
8. Reserve for the underprivileged
9. Keep the army out
10. Have fun