November 25, 2010

Nitish Phir Champion

Some good news from the grim and all-too-corroded world of politics. The state of Bihar is in some ways emblematic of all that is wrong about India. That may be a wrong characterization of Bihar but that's the way things stand.

Therefore, it's quite uplifting to hear about the 'landslide' win that the people of Bihar have given to Nitish Kumar. I have heard only good things about his administration. People are saying that some semblance of law & order has finally been established in that lawless land.

Of course, I can't fail to see the irony in all of this ... the fact that we have all come to accept corruption as so much a part of life and of politics that when we come across someone who is NOT corrupt, we hail that fellow with extraordinary amounts of wonderment and appreciation and what not. But this should not be the case in the normal scheme of things. People and politicians in should have been honest people. And the corrupt one should have been the exception. But it seems that things are exactly the opposite and therefore Nitish Kumar's win is cause for much cheer.

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