Home » Subject » Essay » What are the real issues confronting India in the run up to the general election 2014.

What are the real issues confronting India in the run up to the general election 2014.

In the mid of 2014, India is all set to see the general elections. This time political parties are pitching agendas very different from the one it used to be in the earlier elections.

Till now, the people of India have, more or less, seen two parties in the centre namely Congress and BJP who with their regional allies are setting the agenda of the country. The issues advanced were region, religion, caste, community, race etc. These issues are called vote bank politics and to trap the people for momentary gains. It is soon dawning that that such issues do not have any gain. It is also found that political parties after raising such emotive issues come to power and indulge in corrupt practices for their own gain. The people are now realizing that all parties are same and they are more interested in coming to power for personal gain.

As a result people are favoring parties and leaders that are talking about inclusive and sustainable development.

One among such leaders is Narender Modi who showcases his administrative expertise in Gujarat and presents his state as a model state of successful development. The other leader is Rahul Gandhi, who boasts of giving Right to Information act, Lokpal Bill, MNREGA, Rajiv Awaas Yojna, etc.

These leaders have stopped talking about sectoral development and focus on bringing overall improvement in the standard of living of the people. Their claim on national policies has brought drastic changes in the issues confronting the country.

Apart from these issues, international treaties and foreign policies are being highlighted. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector is another such issue. Issues like internal security, fishermen issue, border problem with China and Pakistan, illegal immigration from Bangladesh, India's view on global warming, international trade etc are other issues on which the stand of the political parties are sought.

The entire country is aware of all such issues and likes to know the stand of the political party on them because they play a crucial role in deciding the future of the country.

As a result leaders of number of political leaders have started talking about such issues in their speeches to suggest that they are the real issues before the nation.

In this context the rise of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has to be seen. They clung on to issues such as fighting against corruption, bringing transparency in administration, providing security to women that impressed the people who voted them in Delhi elections.

This uprising of AAP has raised alarm bells in the BJP, Congress camp who are forced to raise similar issues to connect with people.

It is only time that will tell that which political party or leader has impressed the people the most with issues being raised. Right now these leaders and parties are busy talking about them to win the support of the people of this country.

Sumit Bhola