2019 Elections: The Great Indian Circus

2019 Elections: The Great Indian Circus

As the last phase of polling ends today, one cannot miss how the 2019 elections have been all about invoking patriotism by using the Armed Forces, clashes across all non-BJP ruled states during polling, malfunctioning of EVMs, Election Commission's clear case of different rules for different states and leaders as well as the massive jingoism which voters are forced to bear with.

While Sadhvi Pragya Singh from the BJP said Gandhiji's assassin Nathuram Godse is the "real patriot" in this country, Kamal Haasan called him "India's first terrorist." The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, too joined this bandwagon of bringing electoral campaign to a new low with his pitiful comments on Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Not only that, even the Congress stooped to new lows, while Bengal's Mamatha Banerjee and the PM indulged in a new low where the PM said he would accept Didi's slap while the latter told him to do sit-ups.

The election campaign throughout the country seemed like a Great Indian Circus where politicians outdid actors. Some media outlets went overboard in scripting interview for Narendra Modi while his first press conference in five years was a big dud with Amit Shah answering all the questions. Several leaders across the country, including the PM himself, multiple times violated the Election Code but got away with it.

On the other hand, it has been clear that through all the noise of the election rhetoric, many voters do not have a better option than a BJP or a Congress-led government at the Centre. With promises and freebies along with waivers being promised in massive numbers across India, this election has been the most jingoistic one for the voters which left them feeling exhausted and sick of the politicians our country has.

Like they say, is India getting the leaders they deserve? The answer is open to guesswork!