Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Give independents a chance

"Be the change you want to see", "Take the initiative", are phrases we often hear but when it comes to toiling in the heat few of us rarely go ahead. The elections of 2004 saw Shiv Khera in Delhi stand as an independent but lost. This time there are a few more standing to make a point and bring a change in the criminalized and corrupted democracy. 543 seats see candidates from filmi to a criminal background, but when it comes to educated and experienced candidates we hang our heads in shame.

Meera Sanyal is an independent candidate standing from South Mumbai. She has the experience, the will to stand against the strong forces of stereotyped politicians and can give us a new platform to take our democracy forward. Her 25 years in Banking gives her the experience and leadership skills that can come forward with a vision to change age old bureaucracy. Captain Gopinath is also taking the plunge this year. Although on a popularity level, since being the first generation entrepreneur he has an advantage, it is up to us to promote people like Meera who are willing to take the plunge and make a change.

I hope the best lot wins, still I feel an incubator support is needed that can be provided by us to keep the hopes of educated, experienced independents alive to protect the future of our democracy and nation.