“Only Politics, Not Social Service”: What Indian Netas Think of Serving Their Constituents

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“Only Politics, Not Social Service”: What Indian Netas Think of Serving Their Constituents

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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s India lurches towards its high-stakes 2019 general election, mudslinging political rhetoric is reaching a new fever pitch with each passing day. Librandus and IT cell bhakts are battling it out on Twitter, while cabinet ministers are apparently in a competition to see who can make the most scientists cry. Meanwhile, the aam aadmi is spending most of his time stuck in a traffic jam, wondering how much lower the rupee will fall.

With barely six months to go before people hit the voting booths, there is still little clarity on which direction the election might swing, and it’s easy to see why: Like an episode of Rakhi Sawant’s Swayamvar, is any choice a particularly good choice? PM Modi’s approval rating has taken a blow thanks to a string of economic disasters and poorly implemented schemes that have shaken confidence in his vikas agenda. On the other hand is Congress, helmed by the Gandhi family punchline, Rahul. A vote for the grand old party of India, is still widely seen as a vote for corruption, elitism, and apathy.

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