When 814 million Indians vote in the general
elections this month, they are voting for change.
are angry, very angry.
Killing prices, massive corruption, inefficient public
services, no respite from violence against women are some of the
issues that have angered them.
And now it’s their turn to tell them what they think by
electing their leaders.
The estimated 875.5 million Indian mobile users can send
text, photos, videos or voice messages to share their views with
others and make an impact.
With social media, they can protest before they explode on
Finally, the hyper-active media provides 24-hour news and
comment to even the illiterate to make up their minds.
Then there is the web for all the information they need.
In this scenario, the aspirant leaders must be educated,
honest and able to communicate effectively.
To meet the high expectations of the people, educated persons
of merit should rule.
Says Osho: "The days of democracy are over.
"A new kind of system is needed, based on merit.
"We have thousands of universities all over the world.
"Why have ordinary, unknowledgeable, ignorant masses chose
people who will be holding tremendous power for five years in
Before they are nominated, the contenders need to be educated
and must have merit, meaning honesty in their lives and work.
Before they are elected, the contenders need excellent
communication skills to reach out and convince voters in clear
and simple language.
After getting elected, they need to deliver on their promises
and keep in constant touch with their voters and people.
Unless this happens after these elections, the new leaders
will be thrown out.
After elections, India is ready to take a sharp turn on the
Who will guide the world’s biggest democracy on this path?
Will the people elect young leaders without criminal records?
Will educated and meritorious leaders emerge from this battle
of the ballots?
And will these leaders be able to clean up the system and
make it responsive to the people in providing education, health,
water, power and jobs?
In this battle, a new political party has entered promising
to end corruption and change the system in favour of the common
Some changes have already happened in the two major parties
with the selection of candidates.
Their poll strategies have also been realigned. Now it
remains to be seen how many members of this new party get
elected to parliament?