Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Tectonic Shift in Indian Politics

There are three basic political ideologies. Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism/Communism. Since independence, Indian politics is centered around liberal ideology - Sometimes leaning towards Conservatism and sometimes towards Socialism/Communism, but predominantly on Liberal lines.

2014 is bringing in an ideological shift in Indian politics. It seems to be moving right towards Conservative ideology. Farther right to this would take us to Anarchy. This will certainly make the Liberals lean heavily towards left to keep the balance. If they move too far towards left, it would take us to Anarchist Communism. Over a period of time, Indian politics will become bi-polar like in the west, Conservative and Liberal.

What will be the impact on citizens?

Economy, human resource development, environment, law and order and social harmony are defined by the dominant political ideology. Since we are witnessing a shift, initially there will be a degree of resistance to change. If resistance is high, ideology will shift again in the next election.

In the recent past, we have witnessed ideological shifts. During '77, '89, '96, '98, '99 and last in 2004. At an every attempt, there was a decrease in resistance towards Conservatism. Many states have also witnessed ideological shifts, for e.g. West Bengal and Kerala.

As we vote in this election, we are endorsing a specific ideology. Not many of us have studied politics so not many of us are aware of what are the pros and cons of each of these ideologies. It would be better to look up the pros and cons of these ideologies. Maybe you can lookup with keywords of "Conservatism" and "Liberalism".

Since India is a representative democracy, whatever your leanings are, you must go and vote to endorse your ideology.

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