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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
One should vote for those who can deliver prosperity and dignity 19 March, 2014
Leaders are always endeavouring to fetch the requisite numbers, voters are also motivated towards extending their support to those who represent honesty. The upcoming Lok Sabha polls are not the same as always. Anna’s movement against corruption, the gathering for ‘Damini’, and the rise of a new political group that alleges to be the most uncorrupt have definitely uplifted the political milieu.

Leaders, for the very first time, are stressing on the need to eradicate corruption. ‘Integrity’ is the factor that everyone is talking about. Is honesty the only aspect that can bring in reforms and revolutions we are looking forward to? With a new group of people representing themselves as history-makers and the most sincere candidates, what shall be the approach of the voter? Remember, not everyone alleging to be God can be followed. Honesty calls for acts.

Now, what shall the voters consider? As declared by the Constitution, we have considered India as a secular and sovereign state that unites diverse religions, cultures, and communities - a fact we feel proud of. Along with defining and laying down the principles for the formation of the government, our Constitution also defines the responsibilities of the elected Government. Prosperity of all is a part of this, which in turn calls for equivalent distribution of income, alike prospects of employment, and policies aimed at betterment of society as a whole.

Shall we not consider India as an Economy then? An economy that shall aim at maximizing profits and providing the dignity of being employed to all. Definitely, this shifts our basis of understanding to a distinctive ground. Will mere honesty-alleging candidates be competent enough in handling such a large-scale economy that is accountable to billions of citizens? Yes, we want to shut every door for corruption; however other vital factors shall be paid heed to as well.

What should we expect from our political entrepreneurs? Vision, administrating capabilities, unbiased attitude, and swift decision-making potential can be the answer. This reminds me of the incidence when the nation was struggling from economic crisis in the 90s and the then Finance Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh initiated liberalization of industries with a view to provide broader investment and capital prospects to privately-held ventures. The outcomes were surely favouring. Aptitude and ability to comprehend the global economic conditions are what makes a leader an entrepreneur.

As voters, we must consider the fact that we are a part of an economic society. Prosperity follows fiscal viability. The Constitution has recognized the vitality of employment and states that the dignity of every citizen is backed by the capability of earning livelihood. The status of being an economy is thus, inseparable. Should we then consider just the alleged-honest candidature, or shall we weigh our candidates on factors including intelligence, economical awareness, vision, and governance capability? Remember, governance is not that easy. The one, who is the most honest of all, can’t surely be the most capable administrator.

Diplomacy is inseparable to leading. While we are part of a nation with multiplicities of castes, we also represent a nation that comprises of groups that look forward to perquisites without pains. The voters can with no trouble be influenced by promising materialistic benefits and policies favoring their particular community. The instability of past Union Governments' is the outcome. The resultant outcomes are inflation, corruption, misuse of investigating agencies, and special packages to particular states.

Voters, remember, we all constitute to build a nation and the prosperity of the nation would mean development of all. Are we aware of the fact that private sector investment has dipped consistently since 2007, the figures of Sensex and Nifty aren’t promising, and the Indian currency reached its peak against U.S. Dollar a few months ago?

Nomura, a prominent global financial institution, considers that the Modi-led Union Government in India would boom investments - the rupee would stand below 60 per dollar by June 2014; and India's GDP will be above 6 per cent in the financial year 2015-16.

Though my words could be seen as favouring the Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP, my sheer motive is to let voters recognize the urge of a stable economy. The voters, along with measuring the candidates on grounds of integrity, must also look forward to extending support to leaders that can bring in economic reforms at the earliest. Plus, never forget, governance demands sacrifices, diplomacy, and an unfair attitude at times. Administrating India is complex. The one who can deliver prosperity and dignity for all shall be voted for.

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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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