The Political Narrative has Become Increasingly Vituperative and Personal!

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  • People closely following the fortunes of the Indian political parties and their diverse narrative would have felt flabbergasted by the increasingly vicious language hogging the limelight. As it is, India witnesses one or the other form of election around the year. If it is not panchayat elections, it could be some state elections, by-elections, or for that matter elections to Rajya Sabha. Of course, the mother of all elections, the Lok Sabha polls are held once every five years. We will witness the Lok Sabha polls in April-May 2024 when the present term of the government is completed. You are also aware of how the political parties are positioned in the country largely based on regional and national lines dotted by different ideologies.

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  • Ideologies are again largely based on communal versus secular lines that always receive prominence when the political parties propagate their manifestos to impress upon the electorate. Did someone mention that development and growth that is so essential for the political parties before they go to the electorate? What is it, anyway? The polarization of Indian society is complete on these divisive viewpoints even as the various regional political outfits align with the two largest national parties. The hunger for power is so strong that it always succeeds in driving the political class to embrace this narrative in a country that showcases the majority and minority communities in all its glories.
  • Further, parochial considerations based on advancing the assiduously built-up vote banks also play an extremely significant part. No wonder, every political party would leave no stone unturned in whipping up an emotional frenzy by vociferously demanding quotas and reservations based on caste considerations. We know how the caste conundrum defines our political considerations even after 75 years of independence. Unfortunately, the political narrative being showcased of late is bereft of rational, logical, and present-day appropriate issues that would otherwise go a long way in helping the fortunes of the citizens. Endeavors that would potentially usher in definite changes in the lives of common people are simply ignored by the political class.

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  • Sadly, people fall prey to the guiles of the political class who are so adept at whipping up emotional frenzy in gullible people. Accusations, counteraccusations, and calling names have become so common nowadays that they simply fail to amuse us anymore. The vituperative personal attacks on each other have become increasingly shriller by the day making us wonder what’s happening in the country. Needless to mention, common citizens will worry about their dignified existence amid mounting challenges rather than listen to crass comments from the political actors directed at each other. Most of us would aspire to hear about betterment plans in the future, not personal attacks. Will the political narrative change any sooner? My guess is as good as yours!