Kejriwal is holding back the option of contesting the Election against Modi in Varanasi. He is also aware that notwithstanding the prevalent Hindu Culture & Heritage promising the Modi camp, the fortunes of Kejriwal cannot be dismissed completely. Here’s why it is so :
1. This election will be ruled mostly by ‘Emotion’ than any other factor. Compounding that is the information overload making faster the pace of reach. 2. This election will also be witness to many neophytes/greenhorns emerging on our political firmament while many stalwarts biting the dust and even fading into oblivion.
Parallels are not difficult to examine.
A. ‘Emotional Decision Making’ has the Capacity to offset any other factor in an election. True.
1. Recall the success of Janata Party, a hastily formed coalition campaigning on the platform of ‘Restoration of Democracy’ after the misdeeds of Emergency in the 70s. Janata Party garnered 298 seats and Congress lost control of the nation for the first time in its history. Emotions prevailed.
2. Recall the landslide victory of Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Congress garnered 414 seats and the opposition decimated. NTR’s Telugu Desam was the second largest with 30 seats. AIADMK 12, BJP just Two. Emotions prevailed again. Anyone who imagined that Rajiv Gandhi was a novice in Politics & National Growth Activities had to eat their own words when he planted, nurtured and grew the Computer Revolution in India.
Today’s environment is not any different with corruption and concealed deals as the main platform raising the emotions of people in a way unheard of in the past.
B. ‘Better Performance goes only with Qualifications & Experience’, Politics, business or otherwise.. Not true always :
It is a general misconception that only experienced politicians can lead the nation fairly, forcibly and without blemish. I have been repeatedly referring to the urgent need for the Leader of our Nation to guide and rule like the CEO of a Business Organization to bring about a visible CHANGE in the dynamics and policies through Vision, Mission, Plan, Programs and Actions in an effort to enhance our Image and Reputation in the eyes of the World. Qualifications/Experience do not much matter; not even in Business. Just to cite a couple of instances : (a) Harriet Green , CEO of Thomas Cook since July 2012. She has no experience in Travel . She was in Electronic Distributor Business (Arrow Electronics). When she took charge the stock was at 0.14 Pound sterling. By some changes to hiring & firing; raising capital and the like, she brought the stock to 1.2 Pound sterling in a year. Remarkable for a 171 year old moribund organization. (b) Howard Schultz, the CEO of the popular Coffee House Chain, Starbucks, founded, turned around when in difficult times, and made it with a Vision to – to quote his own words – ” a THIRD PLACE between home and office where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of Coffee & Community.” He was a Business and Communications Graduate, not a Coffee man. But a man with excellent business acumen.
The above are not the only two to mention and I am not biased either. They did have several other advantages that many lack. There are many others, some in the field of Info Tech itself.
New Age Politics is no exception.
C. Better Performance goes with Brilliance and Flamboyance; Politics, Business or otherwise. Not true again :
It is again a general misconception that excellent qualifications, brilliance, and flamboyant nature (elitist nature) are essential ingredients to better performance. On the contrary, hard work, and honesty can outbeat anyone, anytime, anywhere. I vividly remember a well-reknowned Computer Organization in the early 80s preferring students with GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.5 to 2.9 even while students with GPA of 3.2 and above ( 4,0 is the maximum GPA then) were more willing. The selected candidates’ ambitions were more than met through short term stints to U.S.A./U.K. as a means of expanding their experience and knowledge horizon in developed environments. That organization was the first to set a ‘new model’ of recruitment with pride. The candidates as a whole performed above their expectations and the organization flourished. That “Goldman Sachs”, after the financial meltdown of 2008, chose to recruit less flamboyant and candidates with moderate antecedents from average hardworking families ( as interns and for formal positions) bears testimony to the efficacy of the practice initiated. The bottom line is that performance in any sector hinges mostly on hard work and honesty.
New Age Politics is no exception.
In sum, today’s environment does not guarantee success for any candidate. The election is bound to throw surprises – pleasant and unpleasant – and the candidates will be on tenterhooks till May 16, 2014. The one CERTAINTY, however, is that this election will go down in the History of this millennium to be UNIQUE.
“Dieu avec nous”
Monday, March 17, 2014 – 10.59 a.m.
Tidbit : When Abe Lincoln was elected President he had only $601 in the Bank. How much does anyone contesting have today ???