The Kisan Policy

India boasts about being one of the world’s largest democracy. With a population of 1.4 billion, ruling it becomes a tough job. But what is tougher these days is to elect the people to rule the country. With the corruption that characterizes Indian politics today, suffering of the people becomes inevitable. Continuous attempts of abolishing corruption have gone down the drain. So what do we do?! This is where the kisan policy comes to the people’s advantage.
No, this article does not say that corruption can be abolished by educating poor kisans. Instead this is a guide to a different voting pattern which would help us overcome the leadership crisis.

The Policy

In a farm, if a farmer grows rice for three years, the vitamins required for rice growth are gone from the soil. This directly affects his yield next year. So, instead of growing rice, he grows maze for the next three years. During this period the soil regains the vitamins for rice. Thus, the farmer gets a good yield again.
This formula would work very well with Indian politics. Lets take an example of 2 political parties, party X and party Y. Lets assume that the society here is facing 4 major problems. And since they both are Indian parties, lets also assume that both of them are corrupt. So when party X comes to power, to prove their efficiency to the people, it would take care of problems 1 and 2 and exploit people on problems 3 and 4. So if the same party is brought back in the next elections, it grows in power and would worsen the condition of the people. Instead if we bring party Y into power, it would do good in the areas where the former exploited the people (i.e., problems 3 and 4) and would exploit them on problem 1 and 2. And the process keeps going on in every election.

Evidence to support my theory   

During the first tenure of Y.S Rajshekhar Reddy, the state was on the path of success. Though there was corruption, the life in the state was more or less normal. Cases of exploitation and corruption came to light but the people voted for YSR again, and that is where it all went wrong. The second tenure of Mr. Reddy went horribly wrong and there were many disruptions in the state. Congress has had its worst tenure in A.P and is on the verge of being wiped off in the next elections. Instead if TDP would have been brought to power (or for that matter any other strong party to counter congress ) the state would have had a better tenure.
    To prove this st the national level, UPA I was a good government. Indian economy reached its peaks, and there was significant development. UPA II is a major failure. It, again is on the verge of collapsing in the 2014 elections to NDA. If NDA was brought to power, it would have definitely improved things that congress did not(keeping the fact in mind that it would have looted people in a different way.)

Places where it has worked

Human tendency is to believe what we see. So to substantiate my theory and to prove that this policy works, the best example would be the state of Kerala.

Here are the list of parties in power in Kerala:

YEAR UDF LDF OTHERS GOVERNMENT (MAJORITY)
1982 77 63 UDF (14)
1987 61 78 1 LDF (16)
1991 90 48 2 UDF (40)
1996 65 70 5 LDF (0)
2001 99 40 1 UDF (58)
2006 40 99 1 LDF (58)
2011 72 68 UDF (38)

LDF: Left Democratic Front; UDF: United Democratic Front

The above table tells the story of Kerala elections. This can be set as a bench mark for the Kisan Policy. Because of this policy, Kerala has flourished. It tops the list of the most literate state and the has the least Maternal Mortality as well as Infant Mortality Rate. We should not forget that Kerala is a Communist state and all the holdings are mostly under the state government. So, there is hardly any role of the private firms in gaining and maintaining the facts. Thus, Point proven!

This policy might sound like a ‘perfect textbook material’, but it is quiet practical and worth a shot!

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