Terrorism and other big ticket items off the table
So, the middle class people of Delhi have spoken. It turns out they have no big issues with the governments’ response to terror after all. ( Terrorism fails to enthuse ) The people of Chattisgarh have no problems with the fact that you cant venture into three-quarters of their land either.
Shoot ! Now what ?
There is a concerted media campaign in progress to prevent “Terror from being politicized”. You should read it as a campaign to prevent the opponents of the Congress party from using this issue to attract free-agent votes. IBNLIVE had a very provocative headline earlier. It went like “Congress smashes terrorism poll plank of BJP” (or something to that effect). Even now I am watching TV personalities claim that terror as an issue will not work. See this for an example
Found it ! The headline reads “Cong decimates BJP’s terror plank, wins 3 states”
Congress defied Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) aggressive stance on terror and price rise in the Assembly elections for the five states – Delhi, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – to register comprehensive wins in the first two states.
Source : See above link
I do not want to pick on CNN-IBN. All media channels and almost all TV commentators rubbed their hands in glee that terror and even price rise was not an issue. Even M J Akbar, whom I kind of respect, slipped into a sarcastic mode on Headlines Today.
A new paradigm shift ?
All our favourite talking heads on TV have latched on to the new paradigm shift in Indian politics. At last people are voting for ‘development’, we are told. See MP, Chattisgarh, Delhi. See, no anti-incumbency – only development. See Dikshit, the ultimate developer. See, now women can walk on the streets in Delhi at night.
What is development ? New roads, irrigation projects ? No one knows.
The truth is that the pundits are not able to analyze the results. But they all agree that terrorism should not be allowed to become a ‘poll plank’.
The bottom line according to me
This constant media chatter will have disastrous consequences in the years to come. They are drilling into the minds of free agent voters the idea that they should not make terror their main plank.
If national security in these times fails to be an electoral issue, there is little chance India can pull if off against a determined enemy. There will be lesser and lesser representation of this interest in the future population of elected humans. The jihad against India will win. It has in the past, just read about the Bahmani kingdom.