Elections 2019: The REAL Problems with Modi’s Re-Election

(by K Bala Kumar)

As this piece is being written, election results trends from across the country are pouring in, and by the looks of it, the NDA is poised for one more stint at the Centre.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers celebrate at BJP headquarters in, Lucknow, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party were off to an early lead as vote counting began Thursday following the conclusion of the country's 6-week-long general election, sending the stock market soaring in anticipation of another five-year term for the Hindu nationalist leader.(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

It is staggering to believe that Narendra Modi, the former ‘chaiwallah’, once described by that erudite Mani Shankar Aiyar as 'neech aadmi', will be the Prime Minister again.

It is tough to come to terms with the idea of what five more years of Modi will bring along. Five more years, just imagine, we have to put up with the never-ending tamasha of cheap and puerile jibes from the left liberals panicking because *their* idea of India is under threat.

Suddenly your local street corner fight between two random groups, which otherwise would go unnoticed by neighbours, would be frontpage news, and zealous activists would descend on the scene, and give it a communal hue, making it into the Fourth Battle of Panipat. You cannot get away from this drama for the next five years.

South India, especially Tamil Nadu- a State that regularly elects actors as the Chief Minister, where polygamists are Ministers- will be pushed in front as some kind of ideal State where milk and honey flows. At any rate, there is a better chance of milk and honey flowing there than river water, as the State has one of the worst water conservation strategies. But farmers from there will be in Delhi protesting the Modi government's lack of concern for them. We need to live with these protests for the next 5 years.

Plenty of awards, even by persons who had not won them, may well be returned in the next five years over whatever happens in the country, including perhaps monsoon failure. We may have to have award-returning ceremonies.

In the last five years, the government has delivered 10 crore toilets, 33 crore bank accounts, 1 crore houses, 7 crore gas connections, uninterrupted electricity, record highway construction. But over the next five years, we will have experts glibly trotting out ideas as to how Amit Shah and others managed to polarise the voters and won these elections on a plank of majoritarianism.

Such inspired thinking; you’ll never hear the end of it.

Not to forget, holes will be punched on EVMs- the abbreviation may itself be called into question. EVM, it may be alleged, is a cryptic codeword for: Everyone Vote for Modi.

Oh yes, over the next half-decade we will have to endure hundreds of think-pieces from Indian writers who hardly set their Gucci-clad feet in this country, pontificating from posh penthouses that how sad it is that the 'Indian Republic had chosen bigotry as its defining ideal.'

They have already delivered the verdict. The next 5 years will see more such pieces. Brace yourself!

And before we forget, Mani Shankar Aiayar is sure to come up with more clever descriptions for Modi. If this doesn't make you fear for the next 5 years, I don't know what will.