Every government makes it a point to inform the country’s masses that it has done this-done that to make their life comfortable and even better than the government managed by a different party when it got its perch at the top. The incumbent government at the Centre is taking its turn, in the august company of the four-plus-year-at-the-helm Karnataka government in the saddle to din into everybody’s ears that most of the pre-poll promises, if not all them, have been kept, giving no room to the beneficiaries to cry hoarse. The game of promising El Dorado (place for fabulous opportunities) during the regular and periodic electioneering by both established politicos and the budding flock under major as well as sundry party banners, regionally and nationally, but leaving the masses to their fate, has been going on with you-know-who-is-the winner.
So far may be so good for the land and its diaspora in many respects, specially the fact of democracy being still intact, unlike in some regions across the world, but signs are emerging that the nation’s political stability is entering the region of doubt and economic prosperity heading for a slow down, although these portends are not in the class of writing on the wall as it were.
The honchos occupying the seats of power and authority as elected representatives of people, although not garnering more than one-third of votes polled, barring exceptions, are unfazed by the ever rising high-decibel road shows all over the land expressing total disenchantment in the matter of fulfilling the expectations of the people at large. The farming fraternity and the urban residents, in ratio of 60:40 in the country’s total population are in different leagues while reckoning with their plight as well as their style of wrestling with the government of the day. If the rustics toiling in the fields to raise food and other crops shall be at peace if their a) loans are waived, b) rewarding price is assured for their produce and c) timely and adequate water is provided for agriculture, the urbanities are chasing their needs of daily life alongside luxuries of the affluent sections in a long and growing list, power, potholes and pay are only examples of their pet demands.
How are the two sections (rustics and urbanites) pursuing their causes makes two interesting cases. In short, the farmers are fuming (by staging road-rage) and the urbanites are urging (by writing in Reader’s columns of dailies, a pastime that is familiar to Mysureans). The governments response: We go on and on!