This 2009 General election is going to be the turning point of Indian journey of becoming a super-power, developed and a democratic nation. People, especially urban cosmopolitan population abeit late, are becoming more interested in this mandatory democratic exercise.
Politics have always interested the celebrities who have retired from their careers and want to use their popularity to get into the Parliament. Most of them have a notion that fan craze might convert into votes for them. Political parties are happy to give tickets to these celebs.
But this year it is bit different, many celebs who are at the pinnacle of their career are getting involved in the election process, directly or indirectly. They might not be politically involved but they are joining NGOs and several media houses who are urging the citizens to go out and vote for the future.
Youth are also taking part in these campaigns and are joining social networking sites and discussing politics and are putting forth questions to their representatives. Many are using blogs and twitter to express their views on issues like governance, terrorism, security, economy, etc. They are not shy to show their support to any political party.
How did this happen? Few years ago, you would have been perceived as uncool if you had taken the pains to get yourself registered in the voter’s list.
The answer is simple- the consequence of 26/11 and the Obama effect. It is obvious that the youth of the country would be angry aftermath 26/11 because of the audacity of the terrorist attack. But then there had been several attacks before and such emotions diminish quickly. You might remember along with this horrific event a great event took place. Barack Obama was voted as the first colored President of the US. It was a great achievement and people all over the world where spell bounded by Obama’s charisma. It gave hope to the people of the world that they could bring about the change they want in their society, neighborhood and country. Obama won without resorting to the dirty race politics. In India, most successful oppressed class leaders have taken advantage of being oppressed at some point.
On seeing him win and watching American people’s reaction has changed the mindset of the youth. Politics is now cool. Politicians need not be corrupt, selfish and cruel.
I hope that this feeling moves on for every elctions that is to come and not just this general election.