Simultaneous Elections: An idea whose’ time has come??

Image Management & Controlling the Narrative

While I have earlier stated that We all (Government & Citizens) are to blame for our acts of commission & omission for the mess we are in, I can’t help but notice that the Government and the opposition are fighting an all out war not just against COVID but also against each other. They are busy in trading blows with each other on social media and television channels on various issues be it the toolkit controversy or India’s vaccination program. At the heart of this battle lies the need to control the narrative and manage an image.

Why simultaneous elections?

Frequent elections in a diverse complex democratic federal set-up like ours effectively ensures that all political parties are in permanent campaign mode which hampers governance outcomes and also generates polarising conversations and rhetoric which have the potential to de-stabilize a pluralistic society. A stable social fabric is a necessary pre-condition if India wants to achieve a $5 Trillion economy in the coming years.

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Aakaash Singh

Aakaash Singh

Neither a capitalist nor a communist just an issue-ist|| ex-Policy Analyst with NITI Aayog. Interested in public policy & international affairs