Friday, October 24, 2008

Mayawati for PM!

Setting: Two first time voters discussing politics and the upcoming general elections in their college canteen

Voter 1: I really don’t know who to vote for…All the parties are equally bad…With the general elections round the corner, everybody is playing caste/religion/regional based politics…Then there is the economy…We need someone new, someone fresh…

Voter 2: Yeah, I know what you mean…I was reading this article the other day and it gave me an idea...Why not vote for BSP and Mayawati?

Voter 1: Mayawati? You must be crazy!!!

Voter 2: No, no...According to the article, anyone who paid cash to the BSP regardless of caste or religion got a ticket to stand for elections in UP...There was some kind of a bidding system...Totally transparent...So I figured if BSP were to win the elections next year, Mayawati would be able to put together a totally egalitarian government…For the first time in the history of independent India, government favours would be granted not on the basis of caste, region or religion but by how much money a person was willing to dole out and by how many times he was willing to touch her feet with his forehead…This would mean an end to caste and religion based politics...