The Saga of Assam MPs

Communication gap, Back benching wastage, Nepotism


As the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are drawing closer, new generation voter base will play a crucial role in deciding the fortunes of political parties.

The aspirant candidates for the coming LS polls that all parties are selecting for Assam, specially ruling party, another five years of “Back benching wastage”, struggling to articulate four lines in English/Hindi on any subject.

If the MPs speak English and Hindi that can be extremely beneficial for the state because they will be able to communicate effectively in the parliament. It will help them to make trade-deals, promote investment of multinational companies in the state.

A good communicator can be a successful leader. Words have the power to motivate people as well as high-command and make them do the unthinkable.

Politics is seen like any other trade and the baton is passed on in the family. In India, politics is not meant to serve the country, but a family business. If dad, mom or brother is a minister or MLA, then his son, daughter or brothers regard the constituency as their heirloom. The recent condition is such that, whichever party you look at, nepotism is rampant.

Merit, a record in public life, knowledge, skills, character, are all irrelevant. If you have the right surname, you will get a ticket. Of course, the ruling Congress Party, run by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty for more than six decades, is responsible for turning dynasty into a governing principle of Indian politics, but currently, other political parties including BJP, AGP have applied this formula in the state.

It may be added that the new generation voter base often well-informed, more educated and tech-savvy than the rest of their family, and they can take a stand that goes against the family’s established political notion. They can also have an impact on elections by acting as opinion-makers and influencers in their circle of family and friends.

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