All the forgotten things and closed chapters are resurrected in India during the election time. A candidateâ€™s criminal background or involvement in scandals a decade or two ago are raked up with a view to embarrassing the candidate so that he will have to spend more time on defending himself than highlighting his parties policies and promises.
Every party has a skeleton in its cupboard but people see them as part and parcel of politics and do not attach much importance to such things but the mudslinging game goes on and on. If a candidate is found to be spotless his rivals come out with some nasty stories about his great grandfather! Or if a leader happens to be a soft natured person he is seen as a weak and incompetent leader and not as someone who can deliver the goods without much fanfare. Some parties refuse to change their economic policies or their attitude towards some western countries though the whole world has undergone a sea change. They still talk about American imperialism and stubbornly resist the growth of private sector in Indiaâ€¦.and there are people to believe them.
India and Indianness are shrinking as a result of the unbridled growth of regional partiesâ€”a dangerous trend indeed!