Indian election and lessons for us

25 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The resounding victory that the National Democratic Alliance led by Narendra Modi’s BJP achieved in the 17th general election in the world’s largest democracy has reasonably been labelled by some as a Tsunami, obviously with the idea that ‘landslide’ is too weak a term to express its significance. Another reason of seeing the poll results in this a way is that it is for the first time in more than three decades that a single party in India won majority on its own in the Lok Sabha election. This emphatic victory mandated BJP to form the government for the second consecutive term.

In a democratic polity, political leaders need to maintain close link with the masses, always feel their pulse and reflect people’s hopes and aspiration in their words and deeds. Modi has successfully performed these vital tasks and thus got the reward from the voters. A section of Bangladesh’s political leaders who prefers staying in seclusion and isolated from the masses has a lesson to learn from people’s verdict in Indian elections.

Congratulations to Narendra Modi from world leaders have started to pour from Thursday evening. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is one of the first leaders to congratulate Modi on his party’s historic victory. Earlier in a congratulatory message to her Indian counterpart Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh attaches highest importance to its multi-faceted relations driven by genuine goodwill, mutual trust and respect. She hoped that the relations between these two close neighbours will scale newer heights in days to come. Daily sun also congratulates Narendra Modi on his unparallel electoral victory.

In a truly democratic system of politics, naturally some of the contestants come out victorious while others get beaten. But irrespective of who won or who lost, democracy itself must be the final champion. We notice this democratic spirit to prevail in Indian election: Modi vowed to grow and prosper together with his opponents while Rahul Gandhi gracefully conceded defeat though the election result was a big upset for his party. Rahul did not forget to congratulate Modi. But very often we notice a fundamentally different practice in our country – defeated parties refuse to accept people’s judgment and throw away the democratic norms and culture of congratulating the winners. Democracy in Bangladesh has still a long way to go.