From charisma-driven to demagogue-driven to demons-driven, Indian democracy has come a long way in last seven decades. The charisma of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Indira Gandhi ruled the country for almost three decades. Then came the era of demagogues who raked up non issues to stay in power. And finally landed the demons as if straight from hell, letting loose the inferno of stupidity. Owaisis, sadhus-sadhvis, and the fresh breed of Rockies in Indian politics, for example.
The polity touched a low ebb with Mandal-Mandir elections of 1991, when casteism and communalism poisoned the minds of the electorate. Similar to the Gandhi charisma, now the charisma of Mandal messiahs and Hindutva leaders of 1990s fail to fade away.
Take the case of 2015 Bihar. To embrace Lalu Prasad or not embrace Lalu Prasad? - That was the question that Nitish Kumar and his party leaders were wrestling with as they were planning to build closer alliance with the Jungle Raj party, RJD.
Experts watching Bihar politics closely say Nitish Kumar is realising fast that his party is bearing the brunt of closeness to RJD. Lalu's son and Nitish's deputy Tejashwi Yadav proved himself to the most stupid politician by comparing Aditya's killing to road rage cases in Delhi.
Since Tejashwi can't claim law and order is not an issue in Bihar, he claims Jungle Raj is everywhere in India.
For an election the healthy minds of citizens are the best feeders; but electorates are often swayed by emotional issues, keeping rationality aside. The current nationalism versus rationalism fight between Smriti Irani and Kanhaiya Kumar for example.
Post elections, power change hands, but the system remains scarily indifferent. Corruption, red tapism, government apathy, criminalisation of politics and a lack and accountability exclude the possibility of real change.
Those who can vote rationally are less in number and fail to affect the electoral results, so they stay out of the voting process. Those who are fooled elections after elections decide the fate of politicians, but fail to shape their destiny, for which elections are really meant.
It’s the greatest misery that the campaigning on the slogan of Garibi Hatao on which Indira Gandhi steered Congress to a landslide victory in 1971 is still the best vote-grabber during elections, thanks to our "charismatic" leaders, emotional voters and Demons-cracy. With this, more and more states will proudly join the BIMARU camp. And that's why Modi compares Kerala with Somalia and Nitish stages dharna in Delhi with a begging pot.