Thursday, 2 January 2014

A tryst with Democracy with the General Elections 2014, India on the cusp of glory and progress

India is indeed on the crossroads at this moment.  For years we have had political parties fighting elections with issues which did not matter the common man.  They fought elections based on religion, caste, creed, sex, gothra, reservations etc. which hardly mattered to a common man looking to survive in this wild wild world.

 A tryst with Democracy with the General Elections 2014, India on the cusp of glory and progress

Call it pessimism, misanthropy, cynicism or just plain desi laziness, Indian teenagers, middle class and the rich class dont vote.  I would not worry about the past which is done and dusted but now we have a new weapon called the Social mobile Apps.   The social mobile Apps have a divine power.  They reach out to the richest and the poorest and all those in between.  Apps such as WeChat are running and active in almost all smart phones in India primarily because they are cross platform reaching out to the super rich holding their golden iPhone 5s to the middle class holding a Samsung Galaxy smart phone or a Micromax smart phone to the poor holding a Nokia Asha in his or her hands.   WeChat is the 2nd most download App across all platforms in India.

So how do I manage to change the perception of some people. Here are a few examples of what the Social Mobile Apps like WeChat are capable of in making India the power it wants to be through you, through me and through all of us!

I receive a message from my WeChat group called 'Forever Friends' inviting me to a day out at Esselworld

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And no surprises for guessing that all people agreed to my deal.  I only hope that the group sees wisdom in my advise, votes and then and comes to the outing.  I may have to foot the bill for WeChat Stickies but who the hell cares, as long as we vote for a stronger India and get to chat our favourite group messenger.


But now due to the exponential growth of social mobile Apps we are are in a situation when all of India is at a crossroad of choosing the right candidate who can deliver.  Yes for the first time, Indians are asking for the political parties to field candidates who can deliver on the good governance, progress, development, infrastructure etc.    For years we, Indians have been muted admirers of Indian democracy without actually taking part in it. While the world has acknowledged the Indian democracy and the democratic institutions, our teenagers, middle class, upper rich class and uber rich class have paid just lip service to the democracy through blogs, newspapers and arguments in bars and trains.  We are petty cynics!  We have opinions about all of the candidates standing for elections, we even have opinions on the what the future Prime Minister of India should be and should not be but we rarely go out to the polling booth to vote.

This is another example of the use of Social mobile Apps for convincing not so convinced people to vote.  This is a chat between a Sathya, NRI friend of mine who stays in the United States and me.

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Needless to say that next day morning I received a message from Sathya that he had booked tickets for coming to India in June so that he could be part of the making of India v 2.0.  What he said next was more surprising. He said he did bring his two daughters to India to get first hand information of how Indian democracy works and register their names in the Electoral rolls here.

The is a mission accomplished for me.  But for India it is half done, unless and until all of us think alike and come together and use the force of the social mobile Apps to convince even the eternal naysayers to vote, only then can we rest. 






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