Changing Narratives of Indian Politics after 2019 elections

 

Anuj Sayal- Group Chairman, ADG Online

While, we are waiting for world’s largest democracy results on 23rd May 2019, it will be a turning point in Indian elections. It is pertinent to mention that change is evident due to first time and young voters in India; as 70% population is less than 35 years of age.

 

Where BJP is positioning itself above all caste-based politics as Nationalist-Hindutva; regional parties are still banking upon caste-based politics. Caste based politics is prevalent amongst voters, especially in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and West Bengal. And gateway to Delhi crown will come from 3 states- UP, Bihar and West Bengal. As the numbers look bleak for BJP in Uttar Pradesh, they are desperate to penetrate in Bengal and Odisha.

 

If alliance between SP and BSP works in UP, then it is evident that there is caste-based politics. If BJP wins, it will be the end of caste-based politics in India, as claimed by its leaders. If we go ahead with combination of the two political parties, it will be more than 45% of vote share which is good enough to get them clean sweep in 2019 elections (assuming BJP manages to retain its 2014 vote share). This is not evident from current scenario as BJP is expected to lose some percentage especially in western UP.

 

BJP, with Balakot packed Nationalism, gave youth and first-time voters a sense of Modi’s passion and love towards nation. It helped in attracting youth and at same time managed to establish itself as saffron-Hindutva. Where other parties had taken Hindu votes for granted and suffered in 2014, majority of politicians are going to temples now to establish themselves as pro Hinduism as they realised that success without Hindu support is next to impossible.

Master stroke came from BJP while making UP CM Yogi Adityanath who is truly a representation of Hindutva. But desperation from BJP is evident as there is no pull of Yogi adityanath’s magic in 2019 elections; especially in western UP. In 2014, Yadavs, Jatavs and Muslim voted for BJP despite of saffron clade party but this time the casteism led to decision of vote against BJP and towards Mahagatbandan.

Well, caste-based politics will destroy this country, claims Utkarsh Chaudhary who is young budding politician from Haryana. Lok Sabha elections are for the country not for the states, voters need to vote for party which is good for the country.

Indian politics is about perception, not based on what is achieved and what can be achieved in future. Decline in terrorism, opening up of bank accounts, getting gas connections, first time electricity, Mudra yojna etc. are fundamental rights of citizens and can be achieved in first 10 years of independence. But even after 70 years of independence, we have close to 25% population below poverty line in India and deprived of fundamental rights.

Brand Modi has been soaring high with robust slogans like “AbkibaarmodiSarkar”, “PhirekbaarmodiSarkar” while smartly portraying them as the custodians of Hindutva. Transforming the definition of nationalism; patriotism worked well with large number of people. Recent social media campaigns and overall promotional tactics simply conclude that emotions and age old stereotypes have predominating role in politics.

Whichever government comes into play after elections, the issues of growth and jobs need to be addressed. India is more of youth today, and the youth needs enough jobs and opportunities for their own growth as well as for the growth of the country.