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Political Play
CA Dr Sunil Gupta
For want of minority votes, what is Congress, SP and others losing? 28 April, 2014
Political parties, making every possible attempt to gather support from minorities, have disremembered the significance of majority votes. Sonia Gandhi's appeal to religious leaders of the minority caste, SP and BSP's promotional campaigns in Urdu and the reliance of JD (U) on the minority vote bank have something in common. These political groups and their respective leaders have put their faith in a specific community to brighten their own future.

Left behind is the majority caste, which though can be the decisive factor in the polls, however, their split of votes has made them redundant. It may seem blatant and witty too that the political sphere of India is speechless on vital subject matters, the prosperity of minorities is, however, the agenda of all, except one. But has the minority group gained in real terms?

Lack of earning prospects is for all, corruption impacts every citizen, below the poverty lines are the members of the majority caste too, and dying of malnutrition are the kids of all. Then, is the minority all that needs special treatment? Definitely, discrimination on grounds of caste/ religion, blaming followers of a particular group for all the mishaps and lack of opportunities to the backwards need to be curbed, sooner than later.

Those in real need of special focus must be delivered with what they deserve. However, considering such groups as mere vote banks is the violation of the principle of humanity and justice too. Though Muslims, which have proven to be the king-makers in the recent past, have been showered with favorable policies, their real betterment is however unachieved.

The political environment is working on the unchanged old lines of polarization, the social sphere however seems to have uplifted. As per the recent surveys, the Congress, which fetched almost 70 percent vote share of Muslim votes in the elections prior to 2013, could fetch mere 45 percent vote share in the 2013 state polls. Narendra Modi's roadshow, prior to his filing the nomination from Banaras, was an evidence of massive Muslim support for the BJP.

The Muslim voters of Gujarat have on previous many occasions proven that good and unbiased administration with tangible deliveries is bound to be supported. The prime ministerial candidate of the BJP is clear about his motives and thus has the nation in his favor. On the contrary, political parties including Congress, SP, BSP, JD (U), and many others are unremittingly alarming Muslims by displaying a deceptive aftereffect of Modi's win.

Alleging minority castes as real secular, these political entities have overlooked the fact that secularism in India cannot even stand for one day in case more than 80 percent constituents, which are Hindus, become communal. Prosperity should be all-inclusive and sharers in the nation?s development should be members from every community. A lesson shall necessarily be taught, at the earliest, to those who are best at luring, however fail to deliver.

Not just the majority caste, the minorities too, need to broaden their mindsets and unite to deliver a tough message. The nation belongs to all, participants come from every caste/ religion, and hence the share in profits must be likewise disseminated. Prior to expecting economic reforms, every Indian should endeavor to bring in political and social restructuring. I believe that the polls of 2014 will certainly demonstrate the real power of voters.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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