Does democracy churns through electoral politics or it has now reduced to be a tele-shopping stunt?

Close to Rs.5000Cr. is going to be gutted in election campaign by BJP & Congress in these ongoing legislative elections…  it doesn’t matter who elevates to power, their top most priority will be to mint at least 100 times of what they have spent… - Jer

“Till last-minute air-sealed declaration of tickets from BJP and Congress best explains the falling loyalty factor among party-men. Politicians are no longer loyal to their own political parties as they used to be in the past. The emerging form of presidential (i.e. not federal) elections and necessity of service politics has forced-abandoned the ideology driven political leadership. If we compare political loyalty with product loyalty, whatever remains in hand is not an electoral politics but just an art of marketing. Leaders acts like some middle level managers of corporate companies. Even, these political parties these days routinely perform internal selling and external sales. Distribution of ticket is like; IPL bidding and contesting election has become as entertaining as IPLS matches. Branding is all it takes…  
With rise of middle class… consumerism has become the single most public satisfaction. People care less about ideologies and long-term repercussions of their political choices. All they care, is what political parties can commit and deliver right on time. They are not sensitized about who, how and at what cost the committed services are being delivered; all they care is to measure the gap between commitment and delivery. At least in public discourse, these things are placed prominently, however, this is not a sufficient reason to decide whom to vote! So… if a voter can be managed as like a consumer then election management is merely two things. One, data analytics and two CRM (Customer Relationship Management). That means, a sales and marketing department of any corporate is enough for any political party to win an elections weather or not that party deserves any win. Which means, electoral politics has reduced at the level of a tele-shopping… where impulse buying and forced purchase are the norms of business.
Ambush marketing as a tool which was consumed to its maximum in 2014 general election is getting better yet delusive as much it is coming into routine practice. Whatever new BJP has brought to Indian politics is being adopted by new age congress. It is like Hit Refresh moment of Congress same as Satya Nadella moment of Microsoft.  The fiercest weapons of BJP are now being used by Congress. For example, the advertisement stunts and free flow of liquid cash in promoting political propaganda etc. congress is adopting it to score over BJP. The advertisings of BJP and Congress are designed by the agencies master in designing FMCG ads. These ads sound more like selling Potato Chips, Health Drinks or Insurance Policies. Not an iota they sound like delivering any commitment from a statesman to its people. The aesthetics and narration of these ads exhibit real life characters in most superficial ways. Any sane consumer of ads can easily judge the intent and falsification of it. Even after spending millions, these promotions fail to sensitize people. These ads are far less impactful when compared to the hoax machines being run by the paid trolls from the IT cells of these billion-dollar political parties.
In the chat box public discourse, information spread by trolls and hoax machines gets more screen time than these ads. Social media trolling is rheostat instrument to gauge what kind of advertisement will work to woo voters. During one of my political campaign tours, I encountered with an 80-year-old villager somewhere from Amarpatan Vidhansabha of Madhya Pradesh. He had explained to me something any voter can easily figure out. He said “It doesn’t matter how tall these politicians commit or how emotional their ads are… since they spend millions in advertisement, they will only plunder our homes after winning.
“There is no free lunch in this world…” said another old man “… if they are spending millions in promotions, they will make billions once they assume power!”. People are extremely convinced that these politicians will never walk the talk. In these four state legislative elections, close to 5000Cr. Rupees is going to be gutted in various campaign and strategic events by these two political parties… so, it doesn’t matter who accedes to power, their top most priority will be to mint at least 100 times of what they have spent in fighting election. Worthless to say that people welfare is anywhere in their agenda. 
Democracy used to be an event of people, by people and for people. After, IT revolution, it is all about by statistical analysis, for profit of investors and by street smart event managers. Advent of IT in election management has discredited the idea of secrete voting rights. It is now easily computable, which house of which street has voted to whom. The micro-management of voter’s data has enabled these political parties to link voter IDs, Mobile Numbers and their political preference into a single database.
Now days, prediction of who will vote whom has become a simple computer command. When Facebook and Google, with the help of AI, are able to suggest their respective users about which underwear one should wear and/or which perfume one should use, it hardly surprises that voter’s preferences can be deduced just by coding few lines of algorithms.

It is high time that election commission of India, implements some radical reforms. One, regulate online spending in campaigning. Two, reorganization of booth system, because a booth contains only 1000 to 1200 votes which is hardly 250 to 300 houses of a locality. With computer, it is very easy to figure out who voted to whom and thus endangers the life of a voter and tosses away the idea of universal adult franchise.   

The politics of 21st century

Young lads born in 21st century, for the first time, are going to vote for their government in the range of upcoming elections this year and the next. What politics are they looking for?

Alok Agrawal, CM Candidate AAP MP, signed on stamp paper to commit minimum 30 point reforms to the people of Madhya Pradesh

“Alok Agarwal is the first politician in the history of Madhya Pradesh politics to commit 30 points reforms on the stamp paper. Thus, he is legally bound by his oath to the citizen of state that for minimum of 30 reforms will be accomplished if Aam Aadmi Party Madhya Pradesh acceded to power in the 12th legislative election of Madhya Pradesh state in 2018.
The stamp paper that Alok has signed is getting viral all over the social media. People are taking about the seriousness of leaders of AAP MP. It has charged up the debate for weather or not every single political organization should be legally committed to their voters. The entire political discourse in the state has been shifted from the communal hot talk to the intention of being in politics. This is what the people of 21st century wants from their leaders i.e. declare why they are in the politics at the first place.
So far, election manifestoes used to be just a piece of paper tendering no legal or moral obligation towards the voters. It has now become, a sort of, fashion to use manifestoes as a political stunt; merely a tantrum to woo voters. Election manifestoes are losing its credibility because, by nature, manifestoes tender no constitutional commitment to the people of state. All political parties, normally, discard their own election manifestoes as the first thing after assuming power.
Alok is keen on ending this devious practice. According to Alok, it is a clear case of offence as per the art. 420 of IPC i.e. not fulfilling the commitment made during election campaigns. “Many of them vote us because we set hopes in the mind of our people, it is cheating not to honor those hopes” said Alok Agrawal.

Victory or no victory, the Madhya Pradesh unit of Aam Aadmi Party has thrown this open challenge to every other contestant in the state. A lot of people born in 21st century is going to vote for their government in the range of upcoming election this year and next. They don’t want to go by the idea of traditional political based upon community, caste and religion. They are now raising tough questions, questions that no one answered so far… questions that have been lying around since independence of India. Questions… like why should anyone get the vote of the common man? This generation is ought to set this question right at the credo of new age politics! Politics of today has a very legitimate question… i.e. Why? Why should I vote? And more important, why should I vote you?

Do I regret my MBA?

For those who are in hurry, I have a ready answer. i.e. No! I don’t regret it and for those who are dealing with their MBAs in the same retrospection as I do, I wish to explain why none of us should regret being an MBA.

"Indian education system is full of prejudices. We insist that “everyone should know a bit of everything and that too within an age limit”. Owing to our socioeconomic and cultural diaspora, this is impractical assumption, thus an unjustifiable pressure on students. However, we do not have bandwidth to deal with this problem, we should simply submit to the mercy of the time.

Until the age of 5 years to 15 years, our kids deal with every kind of knowledge without appropriate support system. Horrible teacher-student ratio, dysfunctional or retired infrastructure, dust ridden libraries and treacherously changing syllabus… still they perform!

It was even more horrible for my generation. Ours was time when physical punishment and public shaming was the part of teaching curriculum. In our time, every class had pre-determined set of students who will be vouched to public shaming and most often 3rd degree harassment just for the sake of being whoever they are. I was one of them. I was dark, lame, Hindi speaking, MTI ridden paranoid zombie of my classroom. For most of my school time was spent thinking, why my parents want me to be in such a big school where I don’t stand a bloody chance to even tell my name confidently lest learning anything worthy. I spent half of my life wondering what useful should be done out my years left on earth. While everyone was imagining medicine, machine and management, I was lost in melodies, lyrics and poems. My friends used to worry about me more than anyone among the guardians or teachers put together. I had chosen Mathematics, because that was the only option left in an English Medium School for the boys of my native town. Other options were Hindi medium schools tagged barred as if those schools were meant only for untouchables or negros a century ago. Since that day till now, I regret why there was no good school for literature!

I regret that I am not formally educated in literature. I have, all my life, been scared of mathematics, physics and chemistry. Fortunately, my generation was introduced to something called computer. Yahoo Messenger was the window, through which I had conversations with a Vietnami, a Tibeti in exodus, a Kashmiri, an American and few Pakistanis. Computer helped me practice Chess without a fear of any public shaming if I lose the game. I realized I can win chess if I remove my fear of being ashamed off in case I lose. This was the time sky had fallen on my rhyming world. A friend, after returning from Bangalore, told that no one speaks Hindi in big cities and if we have to be relevant in this world, English is must. Those were days when my poems were in full demand and I was dreaming of living a full life as a poet and storyteller. I was scared because if English is grazing all opportunities, a Hindi Urdu poet will die of starvation! Yet again, I was forced to select Computer Science Graduation over Literature. I could not help because all my friends were choosing science and I stand no chance leaving my home without them. Three years, grace marks, substantive practical marks, exam hall mercy of invigilator helped me pass through computer science graduation. Yet again, I was all set to go for journalism in my masters but not even a crow or sparrow from friends were agreed to my decision. As they said, MBA can at least fetch us a decent job, what good will I be able to get from a journalism?

I had no answer! For me, my friends were always right. They had great choices of jeans, shirts and shoes. They all had at least one girl friend and a lot more to flirt with. They were all of fair complexion, tall than I am, relatively better in pocket money and of course respectful marksheets. I stood no chance to prove why, for me, journalism was better option than an MBA. I am a story teller, so I can be a good sales man, I am good poet, so I can be a good brand manager. I am a good English speaker, so I can be an administrator or a catalog writer or website content writer or product manager… but no-where, literally, no where I could see that I can be just a good observer who can rhyme the feelings of being a sensitive creature. Just no one could imagine I could curate emotions, I could word them and sing them for those songs could have heal us from the agony of being left alone in middle of dense crowd. I could have narrated how suicides seemed nicer then life for many who could have made this world a better place. I could have helped the world know, why sparrows and vultures has left us, where have they all gone? I could have painted new stars on dark skies which is getting smoky every night as compared to the last one.    

Here I am, an MBA with distinction in computers and marketing with an experience of working with sixteen companies in last sixteen years. From Chennai to Chandigarh and from Baroda to Bhubaneshwar travelled all across India… city by city. I could never design a machine but sold them, I could not study medicine but sold them for a bomb, I could never write a piece but brought ads for a lot of news papers and magazines in my life. I somehow, by learning the art of treachery, managed to teach students of engineering and MBAs about how to live a graceful life in the world of profit mongers.

Yes, I don’t regret my MBA because I now know how to sell my stories, how to make money of my political insights, how to narrate histories and how to figure out what judiciaries, armies and parliaments of the world are syphoning away. What could have otherwise belonged to my kids or your kids or our kids.

Had I not been an MBA, I could not have got to understand how CEOs and Executives have become the vampires working for the dragons called capitalists. Had I not been an MBA, I could have got the chance to understand how these skyscrapers are triggering crimes in slums.

Being a poet, I earned my self-respect. By being a story teller, I learnt what is emotional sensitivity of the masses. As a discarded soul, I have learnt how to do friendship with books. As computer graduate, I have learnt why they do not teach a lot of things in school. And as an MBA, I have learnt how profit and loss is a zero-sum game and why only point one percent is in profit and why rest of us are in loss! As a wanderer… now I know, how to wage war against the tyranny of those point one percent not so human but arrogant demigods.