After BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections and emerged with an overwhelming majority, Twitter was flooded with ‘what next’s. Is it time for Congress to reinvent themselves? Has the Left been obliterated? What about Aam Aadmi Party? Is India in dire need of a stronger Opposition?
But the main concern was this: that an educationist like Atishi Marlena was rejected and terror-accused Pragya Thakur won by a large majority. What do these trends say about India?
The Idea of ‘New India’
“First time we are sending a terror accused to Parliament. How to gloat over Pakistan now,” tweeted actress Swara Bhasker.
Other tweeple said that voting in a terror-accused to Parliament to make laws for the country is the “true face of India in big 2019.”
In 2019, Majority didn’t vote for Atishi Marlena, who was Delhi University topper, studied at Oxford University and reformed Education in Delhi Govt Schools and Voted for Pragya Thakur, who was in Jail and out on Bail on Charges of Terrorism. This is New India in a Nutshell— Joy (@Joydas) May 23, 2019
Atishi talked about education and showcased what she did in Delhi; she’s losing to an absolute nobody. Pragya Thakur is under trial for TERRORISM & she’s leading comfortably. She’ll be making laws for the country soon. This is the true face of India in big 2019. #ElectionResults— Saif (@isaifpatel) May 23, 2019
क्या ये है new india— Gurpreet Garry Walia (@_garrywalia) May 23, 2019
जहाँ atishi फ़ेल, जो टॉपर रही है
और प्रज्ञा जैसे terror accused बेल पर बाहर , पास .
One Twitter user also mentioned Maneka Gandhi and Sakshi Maharaj, and that they won despite issuing threats and curses to get votes.
Pragya: Godse is a deshbkht— Czar Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) May 23, 2019
Meneka Gandhi: Muslims people will not get job if i dont win
Sakshi Maharaj: I will curse u if u dont vote me
Atishi: I will Educate every Kid
Indians: Aisa kaise BC, Bhag yaha se, REJECTED
New India didn't vote for Atishi (Oxford Graduate) but elected Sadhvi Pragya (teππoπ accused).— IRONY MAN (@karanku100) May 23, 2019
New India didn't vote for Kanhaiya Kumar but elected Sakshi Maharaj (riot accused).
New India didn't vote for Prakash Raj but elected Nihalchand (rape accused).#VijayiBharat ? ?
Fact-checker Uzair Hasan Rizvi said the terror-accused who stoked controversy by calling Nathuram Godse – the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi – a ‘patriot’, won by a margin of over 300,000 votes. “Thakur will now be a lawmaker in India,” he wrote.
Pragya Thakur, a terror accused stoked a controversy this month by calling the killer of India’s independence hero, Mohandas Gandhi, a patriot.— Uzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) May 23, 2019
She has won by a margin of over 300,000 votes. Thakur will now a lawmaker in India. https://t.co/U8EqpZkdHk
Modi supporters dismissed these ‘liberal’ arguments. “They are calling it doomsday and india and ‘idea of india’ story is finished etc etc”, said on Twitter user and went ahead to slam those who found fault with the people’s mandate.
Taking there gyan from the comedians and self styled "intellectuals" , the most absurd theory in this whole is south has voted for BJP it is literate Nd more educated than the "cow belt" , gau mutra drinking hindi heart land— Kaustubh Kalamkar (@karismatic_kk) May 24, 2019
‘New India’ and the Economy
Twitter user Anupam Guha said people don’t care about the economy. “He [Modi] won a massive mandate despite a shit economy. People don't care. Tyrion was right. Just give them a good story,” he tweeted.
Modi must be really relieved. He won a massive mandate despite a shit economy. People don't care. Tyrion was right. Just give them a good story.— Anupam Gupta (@b50) May 23, 2019
Other Twitter users agreed with him. One tweeted that “Price rise, corruption, unemployment, lack of education, no healthcare, agrarian distress, MSP, water woes, increasing crime etc won’t be considered ‘issues’ anymore. They will be considered as achievements. Social activists should give up chasing justice for persecuted,” implying that economic issues did not influence the voter this time.
Price rise, corruption, unemployment, lack of education, no healthcare, agrarian distress, MSP, water woes, increasing crime etc won’t be considered ‘issues’ anymore. They will be considered as achievements. Social activists should give up chasing justice for persecuted.— TheAgeOfBananas (@iScrew) May 23, 2019
Researcher Neelanjan Sircar said voters like Modi and “have variously supported him for development, jobs, standing up to terrorism. The don’t support Modi because of issues; it is the other way around,” he tweeted.
When voters feel attached to a party or a leader, they find reasons to support them. Modi is a case in point. Voters like him and have variously supported him for development, jobs, standing up to terrorism. They don't support Modi bc of issues; it's the other way around. (4/n)— Neelanjan Sircar (@NeelanjanSircar) May 23, 2019
India used to vote its caste, now it votes its religion. “Which one is better,” asked one Twitter user.
India used to vote its caste; now it votes its religion. Which one is better?!— Happymon Jacob (@HappymonJacob) May 23, 2019
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Election results show that Congress has been murdered, said journalist Shivam Vij. “Congress was standing between Fascism & India's survival. The institutions are being murdered,” another user tweeted in response.
Congress isn't dying. The Democracy is being murdered. Congress was standing between Fascism & India's survival. The institutions are being murdered.— Suby #ReleaseSanjivBhatt (@Subytweets) May 24, 2019
New India Rejects Dynasts?
Writer Minhaz Merchant said India’s voters have sent Congress a clear message, “the age of entitlement is over.”
India’s voters have sent Congress a clear message: the the age of entitlement is over. My column on the most extraordinary general election in decades #LokSabhaElectionresults2019 https://t.co/ZaMDDzOyzU— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) May 23, 2019
But journalist Sreenivasan Jain said the new India, the one without dynastic politics, is a myth. “Jagan won. Naveen Patnaik won. Every single BJP dynast from Poonam Mahajan to Varun/Maneka Gandhi won. But.. 'dynasty is dead', 'new India' et al. Spare me the BS.”
Jagan won. Naveen Patnaik won. Every single BJP dynast from Poonam Mahajan to Varun/Maneka Gandhi won. But.. 'dynasty is dead', 'new India' et al. Spare me the BS.— Sreenivasan Jain (@SreenivasanJain) May 24, 2019
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