In a world of broken promises on corruption, law and order, prices, national reconciliation, education, health, roads …. some obscure broken promises to a small group of people representing a dwindling piece of the national mosaic might not seem like such a big deal. Maybe that’s why the promises are easy to make. Who will the Honorable Prime Minister blame when today’s promises are broken? Can anyone blame the victims of Ramu for being skeptical?
It started as a carefree walk through New York’s Times Square to unwind after a long day. Then, far off in the background, I thought I heard sounds I hadn’t heard for years and not on this side of the planet. The pulsing of slogans, and high-pitched oratory that once seemed so impressive even if one disagreed, but which now represents sclerosis, fatigue and frustration. But, that is back “home”, not here in New York, surrounded by skyscrapers and tourists.
So who will be the next President? Elections are scheduled for July 2012; if Congress can get its allies to agree, through a lot of behind-the-scenes deal making, it is likely that the winning candidate will be of its choice. Two candidates seem to be front runners: current Vice President Hamid Ansari, and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. An interesting outcome of this would be that a victory for either would be the first time someone from West Bengal has occupied the highest office in the land.