The post Indian parliamentary elections scenario : By Justice Katju

In Justice Katju's post-election analysis, he questions the impact of political maneuvering on the common man's life. Amidst talks of alliances and political roles, he highlights persistent issues like poverty, unemployment, child malnutrition, and rising costs, suggesting that a change in rulers won't improve the lives of ordinary people.

OPINION

Justice Markandey Katju

6/11/20241 min read

The post Indian parliamentary elections scenario

By Justice Katju

Several comments have been made and are still being made by numerous people on the bizarre and mind boggling post Indian parliamentary elections scenario. What will Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar do ? What will Shinde and Ajit Pawar do ?

Who will get the Lok Sabha Speaker post ? Will Andhra Pradesh and Bihar get a special status ? These and many other questions are being spoken about.

But there is one thing no one talks about : how will all these permutations and combinations, these twists and turns, matter to the lives of the common man ? Will all this have any impact or even a dent on his life ?

The test of every political activity is one, and only one : does it raise the standard of living of the people ? Does it give them better lives ? From that standpoint it is evident that all the present activities of our politicians is irrelevant to our people.

Massive poverty, massive and growing unemployment, appalling level of child malnutrition ( every second child in India is malnourished according to Global Hunger Index ), skyrocketing prices of essential commodities like food, fuel and medicines, almost total lack of proper healthcare and good education for the masses, will continue as before, with the prospect of the situation getting worse in the future.

Only the rulers will change, nothing else.

One is reminded of the slave Manthara’s bewail and lament to Queen Kaikeyi in the Ramayana :

Koi nrip hoye hamein ka haani

Cheri chaand ki hoib rani ?

i.e.

How does it matter to me who will be the king ?

I will remain a slave in either case

Markandey Katju is an Indian jurist and former judge of Supreme Court of India who served as chairman for the Press Council of India from 2011 to 2014.

He regularly writes blog at https://justicekatju.blogspot.com/