Popularity vs. Nation

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Is popularity a yardstick/parameter for contesting elections? Do elections mean a political show of known figures? As such our revered constitution doesn’t lay down any condition in terms of personality of the candidature or says nothing about moral strength of an individual Indian.

A contestant for Lok Sabha or Vidhan Sabha seat need not at all to submit an affidavit before the presiding officer that gives anything about moral strength. It simply means… ‘Yours…, morally immoral or immorally moral…’ and this way, the application is submitted for the prestigious constituency.

There are a number of popular film personalities who have contested for the LS seats and by all means they have managed to complete their tenures partly or completely. But they might be asking a very simple question to themselves: was their presence responsible for bringing a turning point from where the nation headed towards achieving national goal(s)? Or is it just a popular face for the sake of popularity? What does it instill to our imagination when we find an 'Abhinata' of silver screen, now a 'Neta' of his people has given a rape scene or anything immoral in a super hit film? Should Rama play the role of Ravana or vice versa?

This is a billion rupees question.

Good and the great have never been a subject matter of scarcity in our Indian polity but they are undoubtedly being rare as of now. The 16th Lok Sabha elections are on and this great national event will take its leave for ever leaving behind the destiny of the country. Does it matter or mean something to the contestants who are in political rivalry? Well, ours is the largest democracy but unfortunately with least responsibility towards common goals of the nation. It is the people to decide. But at the same time: what of the Nation?


Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 00966-542514538 (KSA), 0091- 9873503721 (New Delhi, India).

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