Ballotbox It’s election day here in the state of Karnataka, India. For those of you who don’t know, Karnataka houses the city of Bengaluru or Bangalore. There’s a slow change that seems to be coming over the attitude of people to elections, at least among the ‘educated’ middle class. Indifference and apathy are giving way to a slow simmering anger which is mercifully translating to some sort of positive activism instead of sneering cynicism. There are new entrants to the political system. Some of these have been working closely with policy making over the last few years and therefore are not susceptible to the wide-eyed naivete of the well-meaning newbie. In them lie our hopes. It’s a tough ask because the known politicos are  lost cases and expectations of them are zilch but hope from the new generation of political entrants is high and they will be watched closely for what they deliver; or don’t.

The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” seems the perfect anthem for today. There’s hope yet there’s fear that it’ll all come to naught. We just hope we don’t have to “Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss”.

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again

The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war

4 Thoughts

    1. That’s the tragedy of it. And five years (or whatever is the political term) is a huge price to pay for a mistake.

      One of the more heartening features this time was that more people did come out to vote. The state saw its highest turnout ever. And the last time Bangalore voted, only 44% did but this time that percentage went up to 58 and if the idiots in the Election Commission (should be called Election Omission) had not goofed up the electoral rolls (what’s new?), it would’ve been higher. But going back to your comment, this could just mean that more of us would be made fools of again


      1. Gotta keep trying! All democracies are flawed but they are still the best way to make change and run things. And few, if any,democracies fight each other. Good to see turnout went up so much – that has to be encouraging.


        1. Like I said in the post, for a change a few good people stood for elections and their campaigns were very well received. Not sure if any of them will win this time, but they have strong momentum and we see them winning at least next time. There’s always hope


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