Change is the new buzz word post Obama campaign and India is refusing to remain unaffected. In fact even India has welcomed change with open arms. What better testimony to this fact can we see than the recent results of the newly elected 15th Lok Sabha. This election result has not only taken most of us by surprise, it has also kindled a new hope. Just when almost everyone had tagged the administration feckless, the criticism seemed to have worked. As a result one gets to see the erratic state of affairs somewhat stabilized by the re-election of UPA in power with Congress as the largest party. But what is interesting to see is a series of sporadic changes that not only help in investing new expectations in the government but also showcase the changing face of modern India.
With a total of 369 parties including seven national parties, one saw a whole new league of young politicians emerging. What, of late had come to be known as the ‘business of the greybeards’ can no longer be called so with 82 members of the parliament being below the age of 40. Call it ‘The Rahul Effect’ or whatever you want but these new breed of parliamentarians represent the attitude of today’s youth which is ready to take up challenges and work for what they believe is right. They carry with them the promise of purpose, the earnest of idealism and the blueprint of fresh perspective. Though there is no denying the fact that most of them come from political backgrounds, but it will take ability and character and not patronage to keep them in power.
However, it is not surprising that young India has chosen to associate itself with its own kind. The youth feels the enthusiasm of their initiative and enterprise has made an effort to go out and vote exhibits their desire to be inclusive in the making of the government. ‘Reform and Perform’ seems to be the new mantra. What is also commendable is the fact that, barring a few, these young faces are talking of development instead of caste or class politics and are thus practicing politics of growth.
Another pleasant change is the all time highest number of women in the parliament this time. With 59 women MP’s, it is a good boost for gender equality, exalted by the recent appointment of Meira Kumar as the first ever woman Lok Sabha speaker. It in a way conveys altering attitude of the patriarchal society which is now willing to place its trust in women leaders, with some of the first time women MP’s defeating consecutively winning veterans.
The Parliament has often been accused of being composed of unprofessional people with minimal or no education. This trend is also changing with 15th Lok Sabha having only one uneducated member (Padokilal from Robertsgang, UP).Most of its members are graduates and post gradates with 23 MP’s having doctorate degrees and many people quitting their high profile jobs to pursue politics. Thus, not only will their learning and experience be beneficial for the posts they hold but will also help them to have better understanding of given situations.
The 15th Lok Sabha has also seen a rise in the number of rich MP’s with over 300 of being richer than than the rich. Though the poverty of the voter doesn’t seem to be reflected in their choice yet this could be read as a positive sign that politics now has started alluring people from wealthier classes as well. Hopefully this will help diminish the corruption levels in the government, as has been evident in developed countries.
Experts may claim many reasons for this change but the common man sees it with sanguinity. Though for some it may be the chance of a lifetime, for others it may be a warning to do the work for which they are elected and paid. Whatever it is, it heralds a new era in the history of India, an India whose faith in success is far greater than its fear of failure. As the winds of change are sweeping the nation, let’s be optimistic about things and embrace this change and help towards building a bigger, brighter, healthier future.