October 12, 2012

Six years of The Sunday Indian and six defining changes in India

These have been truly turbulent years. Between then and now, we have seen Mayawati sweep Uttar Pradesh and then lose it badly. Between then and now, India has miserably lost the Cricket World Cup and then won it handsomely. Between then and now, the Indian economy has changed from being a rampaging elephant to a caged tiger once again. Between then and now, the three Khans of Bollywood have further cemented their supremacy over the box office. Between then and now, Rahul Gandhi has been transformed from being the latest Great White Hope to a question mark and an enigma. Between then and now, the loot and plunder of natural resources through crony capitalism have gathered momentum. Between then and now, Ratan Tata has endured the disgrace of Singur to fade triumphantly into retirement. Between then and now, Mamata Didi has remained Mamata Didi... So much has happened over the last six years that it would require many multiple books to chronicle contemporary history. And my readers know I do not write history books :-)

And yet, I have identified six major and defining trends of the last few years that will have a lasting impact on India for at least another decade. In no order of preference and importance, here is my list:


1: Good governance gets pro-incumbency verdicts:
In 2005, when my team and I had started planning the launch of The Sunday Indian – after having launched Business & Economy and 4Ps Business & Marketing – Nitish Kumar narrowly failed to achieve his dream of becoming the Bihar Chief Minister. In 2006, when this magazine was launched, Nitish Kumar won a decisive verdict. In 2011, he won an even more decisive verdict. So much so that people are now openly talking of his ambitions to be Prime Minister. Ditto for Narendra Modi. Barring a miracle for the Congress, Modi is all set to win Gujarat for the third successive time. Like Nitish, he too is a contender for the post of Prime Minister. Sheila Dixit and Naveen Patnaik have already won three successive elections in Delhi and Odisha respectively. The incumbent Left Front in Kerala almost pulled off a shock victory over Congress last year, losing the assembly by just one seat. The Akali Dal-BJP combine achieved what was thought impossible: winning a second successive term in Punjab. And it does look like Shiv Raj Chauhan and Raman Singh will win their third successive elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh next year. It is not as if all incumbent governments are winning. The DMK-Congress alliance was humiliated in Tamil Nadu last year; Mayawati lost badly in UP this year; the BJP lost Rajasthan in 2008; and the Congress was trounced in Goa this year. I really don’t need to add more. If the voter thinks you are delivering decent governance, you have her support. 

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16 comments:

Deepak Verma said...

Six years with so many changes but no such great change in India that could benefit all Indians.

Atanu said...

Nicely identified incidents. So much has happened within the last six years.

Vijay Singh RY said...

Agree with you sir,the media is a necessary evil.

Raj said...

Agreed that so much has changed in the last six years but we need a drastic change that will benefit the citizens of the country.

Alok kumar said...

Congratulations Arindam Sir for all the great achievements. I always look forward to your articles.

pankaj said...

Dynasty debate will never ever close. Waiting for the congress to be removed from power soon.

TATAN said...

I think there have been more than just 6 defining moments in these 6 years.

Dipti Nayak said...

Wish to see a greatly transformed India in the next 6 years sans these corrupt ministers.

Rahul said...

These six years have indeed seen ultimate things happening in India.

suman kumari said...

India is still waiting for the great transformation.

Sudhir Kumar said...

Soon internet connections too will spread like mobile phones have spread in India....that day will infact be a day of great pride in India.

Rajesh Sharma said...

In these six years,it has been great to read your articles be it in the Sunday Indian or in any other newspaper.

Nutan Xalxo said...

Many things have changed but its a shame that corruption doesn't seem to end. Number of scams are increasing day after day.

Sangeeta Raipuria said...

Nothing can surpass India's WC victory....this perhaps was the best moment for me and all these scams and corruption stories have been a huge shame for India.

neerajpanjiyara said...

in the present political scenerio, most practically positive thing for our country is the change of party after every election. this may give incumbent government to bring something better for the people at large, and the outgoing one to introspect their faults. as are seen in MP or centre confident governments after winning their elections for 2nd term work only for their own and lose fear of people, which is very important for a healthy democracy.

NaLimA KaPooR said...

Better info on your blog than what I have seen so far elsewhere.
Thanks for sharing and... Keep up the good work. I know from experience it's not always easy!
thanks & regards

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