General elections: India 2009

The Menace of Multi-party System in India

The 15th general election in India is round the corner and the electronic and print media have a hectic time covering the pre-poll developments, mainly seat adjustments, infightings, switching sides etc. Apart from the well-known UPA front and the NDA front led by two national parties, there is a third front (they prefer the term third alternative), which asserts that it has a bright chance to form the government. It may be a wishful thinking, but what appears to be certain is a hung parliament and utter confusion. The basic reason for this unhealthy situation is the rapid growth of smaller parties based on castes or linguistic and regional fanaticism.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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