20 November 2007

Farce In Karnataka

Indian politics has touched a new low. And the scene is not Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, but my beloved Karnataka :-(

Elections will be held now. What are the chances that one of the three parties (BJP, Congress, JDS) will get a clear majority? Very slim. So it’ll be back to the same old games, or President's rule. I don't know what sins the 5 crore people of Karnataka have committed to get a politician like H D Deve Gowda.

This kind of instability is a recent phenomenon. Earlier there was no BJP, so we had a stable two-party system (Congress and JD). With the rise of the BJP, we now have three contenders in the ring. It's all quite farcical. The JD has become irrelevant. Now the JDS is not even a caste-based party; it’s just a family-based one.

This instability will continue for some years. Eventually Deve Gowda (now 74) will die. The JDS will disintegrate. Most of its members will join the Congress; some will join the BJP. Then we will have a stable two-party system again in the state. Till then, God save us all.

6 comments:

Sudhir said...

After Deve Gowda, it will be his son and then his son and so on ad infinitum. What is the guarantee that there will be respite after Deve Gowda ?

Psomax said...

Kumaraswamy and Revanna are not as capable as their father. They will not be able to hold the party together for long. Even an infinite series can converge to a finite sum :-)

Sudhir said...

I always wondered what Deve Gowda's charisma was , which enabled him to hold the party together :-)

Psomax said...

Charisma? More like animal force ;-)

roadtriplife said...

but then again there's no one capable of taking on the reins, demanding Gowda to step aside

Psomax said...

That's why I said this problem will continue as long as Deve Gowda is alive.