An ordinary voter wants an uncomplicated way to earn his/ her livelihood, clean food, clean air, clean water, decent sanitation, decent waste disposal, safe un-encroached roads and pavements, safe localities for him / her and family, comfortable commutes, affordable housing, education, medical facilities, entertainment and overall peace and calm in the neighborhood. These translate into basic needs/ wishlist for every human being – in short overall happiness and the voter would love to vote on those lines. Unfortunately, no political party appears to be focused about these.
If the ordinary voter is more bothered about how other people dress, their skin colour, their eating habits, their caste, their sub sub sub sub caste, their religion, their gotra, the way they do their hair, the headgear they wear, how much financial incentive is there to vote, their leaders’ contribution imagined or otherwise to the freedom movement , national cause (whatever that means !) and other struggles; and votes on those lines, then, even double digits growth rates/ GDP increases (whichever formula you use to calculate !) are not going to achieve overall happiness. Unfortunately, all political parties seem to be focused only on these.
So, my theory (ha- ha !!) is that all these political posturing/ campaigns are designed only to divert voter attention from the real issues and get cattle for the slaughter (pun intended, no offence to animals intended). They don’t really care about us. They care only about their assets and their growth rate. Affidavits on their personal and other assets filed before the Election Commission are a significant pointer. Does any party even care what the voter wants ? Are elections just a glorified corporate ad campaign for the coronation of the greater con-man/ con-woman ? Is that what electoral democracy is ? A con ? In that case ——- The con goes on !!