The pundits on ‘ifs, buts and ayes’ of India, spread across the spectrum

The season of elections is hot. The temperature was set on an upswing with assembly polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram in the last quarter of 2013.

The ‘curve-on-growth-course’ led to the germination in time and the fans gathered in full strength to rehearse and to present their credentials and thus claims for their stakes when the fruit had ripened, when the ‘pundit in the fans’ would be in full flow to inundate us with their 360 Degree wisdom.

With just two months in the Lok Sabha polls, the moment on the time-scale is just around the corner when the fruit will enter its final stage of ripening.

And, the hotness of the season of elections is expected to ripen the fruit at a speeded rate after the changed circumstances of electoral equations have left even the most thick skinned of the pundits shocked, scrambling for words, with the assembly election results declared last December giving the BJP a mixed bag of better-than-expected and ‘not-up-to-the-expectation’ results, giving Congress a poll drubbing and giving the Aam Aadmi Party stunningly impressive show in Delhi that helped it form the government.

The fruit of the season of elections is coming into full form to be savoured by the categories of the pundits.

And therefore, it is going to the season of reasons as well – reasons of every type – qualified reasons, unqualified reasons, statistical reasons, verbose reasons, exploratory reasons, discursive reasons, reasoned reasons, unreasoned reasons – elaborating and exhorting on every possible contour with their ‘ifs, buts and ayes’ on each and every development – yes, the pundits are going to be the one hot currency in the season of polls in India.

Like always, post the advent and growth of the satellite channels, this time too, what we saw on air during the assembly polls in the last quarter of 2013, was a trailer, the events and outcomes of small-scale elections preceding the big daddy of them all, the big-ticket event, the general elections of India, the Lok Sabha polls.

Be ready for the season of reasons (and thus of pundits) in the season of elections.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/


‘Maybe you find me strange.’ Rahul Gandhi, the interviewee, says. ‘No, I don’t find you strange.’ Arnab Goswami, the interviewer, says, during Rahul Gandhi’s first formal television interview after beginning the active political career.

A line during the course of conversation, or the interview, a line repeated to support the viewpoint, a line repeated to help the other lines already spoken during the course of the conversation, the line sums up the ‘politician Rahul Gandhi’ in clear terms.

It tells us something direct, that subtle point about the politician Rahul Gandhi that the nation so desperately wanted to understand. That interest, that necessity to know the politician Rahul Gandhi is fading.

Multiple factors have been responsible for it. Major among them are Rahul’s silence on many issues of national and social importance, Rahul’s delayed and ‘not up to the mark’ act on many issues and the mammoth scale of corruption attributed to the (miss)-governance of the Congress party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

But still, there is scope left for us to know him, for he is the face of the oldest and the mostly widely spread political outfit of the country. Even if not in the office as the prime minister, he, by his position, wields significant power in the country. That applies for Rahul Gandhi and his party being in the opposition in the Parliament as well.

The nation needs to know the politician Rahul Gandhi.

And this line, during the course of the conversation during his first formal television interview tells clearly about who is the ‘politician Rahul Gandhi’.

On points where Rahul says that the interviewer may find ‘Rahul’ strange based on ‘Rahul’s’ answers during the conversation gives us a window to look into how Rahul thinks.

And what Rahul thinks constitutes for strange has become frustratingly routine for India. Becoming of that a ‘routine’ has been ironical for India. And it may well become ‘ironically routine’ for the Congress party if a transformation doesn’t come in time.

To continue..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/