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An Indian Example: The perils of a brute majority for a country or state

Indian Politics is a microcosm of all things chaos. Ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) won in 2014 elections with a bumper majority against the Congress, the political climate across India has altered significantly. With Narendra Modi becoming the Prime Minister and BJP using its majority as its strength to silence any opposing force, the internal underpinnings along with the profile of voters has changed since then. 
 
From divisive forces working their way up to unruly extremists walking the streets claiming to turn India into a saffron nation, BJP has let the flames of religious discrimination rage even as India continues to suffer from various other important social issues. 
 
From using its majority to threaten states and dismantle elected governments to blackmailing and using extra-judicious methods against its opposing voices, BJP has its murk everywhere. In fact, it has also fiddled with the Judiciary and agencies such as the CBI, NSA, etc. While unethical practices and incendiary methods have been employed by the BJP cadre across India for reaping political dividends, a similar trend rubbed off on political parties in Telugu States. 
 
In Telangana, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has used its divisive tactics to win the election in 2014 and created bitterness among Telugu people on the basis of regionalism. Following a bitter bifurcation, the Opposition voices were thwarted to an extent where the ruling TRS even tagged the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) an “Andhra Party.” 
 
The truth is that the TDP was founded for all Telugu people, kindling the Telugu pride and recognition at a time when Congress neglected the Telugu State and viewed the whole of South India as “Madras.” TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) who was formerly a member of the TDP, himself tagged the party as an anti-Telangana one to boost his political prospects in the state. It worked in Telangana due to the lack of a strong Opposition. 
 
In Andhra Pradesh, KCR’s candid jibes were used by the YSR Congress Party against the TDP, indicating a bonhomie between YSRCP and TRS. This political opportunity between the two strengthened YSRCP’s prospects in Andhra Pradesh despite TDP being a strong force to reckon with. 
 
With BJP’s internal support despite a lot of discrepancies reported during the 2019 elections in the state, the YSR Congress Party could win the election with an absolute majority of 151 seats while TDP settled for a mere 23 seats. 
 
If one analyses the bigger picture — India, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana — all the three have political parties that won a good majority of seats, respectively. But, when it comes to development and welfare, they have failed to deliver on their promises. Narendra Modi, K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, these three leaders rely heavily on propaganda and PR for their work and do not deliver much in terms of results. 
 
Most of their government’s focus depends on publicity and image boosting through huge spends on advertising and social media propaganda. However, when one measures the outcomes of their governments, there is hardly anything on the ground. Most of their work — policies/schemes/reforms — are only “paper tigers,” which have been revamped from older documents and schemes and rebranded with good marketing strategies to people.  
 
While all the three examples clearly indicate how this could harm the states, one common trait of all the 3 parties — YSRCP, TRS and BJP is vengeance. They operate purely in revenge mode against the Opposition and have shown that they can go to any extent if need be. Unfortunately, this is what has become a nail in the coffin for India and Telugu States. 
 
When you have political parties that win an absolute majority, their arrogance blinds them from reality, often making them autocratic in nature. Such is the situation with leadership in India, AP and Telangana. An absolute majority is a bane for any state or country because leaders stop listening to and understanding what people want and begin digging their own political graves in the long run. 
 
There have been examples from history — Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi — where political leaders had to learn their lessons the hard way. Let us hope that these political parties understand that they need the same people to win their next election and mend their ways! 
 
Until next time….

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