It's a question I often ask myself. Which political party should I support? Invariably the answer is ‘not a single one’.
First I am a secular person who doesn’t believe in discrimination on the basis of caste, language and religion. This basically rules out BJP (remember Gujrat?), Shivsena, MNS and the kith and kin.
So if you don’t support BJP you vote for congress right (and for quite a few, it's other way round.)? Well in some ways I have thought of Congress positively since at least overtly they don’t support religious fundamentalism. But for long Congress has played the politics of minority which is heavily based on caste-based segregation of people.
And please don’t even suggest Mayavati (Even thinking about it seems ludicrous). I really can’t identify with Mayavati (or that of Mulayam Singh, Amar Singh, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mamata Banerjee) brand of politics.
That leaves the leftists. But since their motto seems to be anything but progress and development so it pretty much rules them out.
I, being a North Indian, (Where does Maharashtra come under? Should I call myself West Indian?) know little about South India and its politics (I know a very feeble excuse and something I really intend to change.) So really nothing to comment about there except for sometimes when you hear names like Jayalalitha and some news related to them. Mostly the news you hear about is something that makes you laugh and cry at the same time.
So where does that leave me? That actually makes me politically orphan but hopefully not ideologically orphan. I am sure somebody (see *somebody* Not me OK?) from my generation will clear up this mess. If not my generation, then the next generation. If not them, then ...
As I say often, "It's a long life to live and there is hope."