When I look at the present lot of PM candidates such as Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi and Arivind Kejriwal, I am not impressed. Rahul has not been able to communicate his vision and it seems like he is resting on his family’s laurels. Modi… he is a bit of a contradiction. He projects an image of being savvy and modern, but he has clear ties with the RSS and the idea of someone being modern doesn’t gel with someone with communal roots. When it comes to Kejriwal and AAP, I had great hope, but I feel they haven’t matured enough in the political system.
We are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. We have seen that the Congress doesn’t have any solutions to the economic downturn, multiplied by the rampant corruption we are facing; we definitely need a change in governance. However, my problem with the BJP is that if they come to power with a leader like Modi, are we as a nation accepting communal violence at a certain level. I am not saying Modi is guilty, but there is a certain amount of culpability that comes with being the chief minster of a state under whose watch such massive communal clashes took place.
Having said that, I am not sure if that worries me as much as the economic downturn because, as an individual, I may be insulated from the communal violence but I don’t feel insulated from the pulls and pushes of the economy. As of now, I am unsure whom I will vote for. Though I don’t want to vote for the BJP, I also don’t want to vote for the Congress. I might end up voting for AAP though I feel they aren’t mature yet. NOTA is not a viable option; it has no teeth. Though numerically my vote might not count, if I don’t vote, I lose the right to challenge the political system. So, the choice I am faced with is between possible communal violence and utter incompetence.
As told to Avalok Langer