The pundits on ‘ifs,
buts and ayes’ of India,
spread across the spectrum
The season of elections is hot.
The temperature was set on an upswing with assembly polls in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Rajasthan and Mizoram in the last quarter of 2013.
The ‘curve-on-growth-course’ led
to the germination in time and the fans gathered in full strength to rehearse
and to present their credentials and thus claims for their stakes when the
fruit had ripened, when the ‘pundit in the fans’ would be in full flow to
inundate us with their 360 Degree wisdom.
With just two months in the Lok
Sabha polls, the moment on the time-scale is just around the corner when the
fruit will enter its final stage of ripening.
And, the hotness of the season of
elections is expected to ripen the fruit at a speeded rate after the changed
circumstances of electoral equations have left even the most thick skinned of
the pundits shocked, scrambling for words, with the assembly election results declared
last December giving the BJP a mixed bag of better-than-expected and ‘not-up-to-the-expectation’
results, giving Congress a poll drubbing and giving the Aam Aadmi Party
stunningly impressive show in Delhi that helped it form the government.
The fruit of the season of
elections is coming into full form to be savoured by the categories of the pundits.
And therefore, it is going to the
season of reasons as well – reasons of every type – qualified reasons,
unqualified reasons, statistical reasons, verbose reasons, exploratory reasons,
discursive reasons, reasoned reasons, unreasoned reasons – elaborating and
exhorting on every possible contour with their ‘ifs, buts and ayes’ on each and
every development - yes, the pundits are going to be the one hot
currency in the season of polls in India.
Like always, post the advent and
growth of the satellite channels, this time too, what we saw on air during the assembly
polls in the last quarter of 2013, was a trailer, the events and outcomes of
small-scale elections preceding the big daddy of them all, the big-ticket
event, the general elections of India, the Lok Sabha polls.
Be ready for the season of
reasons (and thus of pundits) in the season of elections.