The more I try to read up on what's happening in Andhra Pradesh, the more I am scared. It seems to me that the state is hurtling towards a political disaster of alarming proportions. Politics, beyond the obvious gimmicks, has a large impact on the state's governance. Following populist programs, instead of adopting progressive policies will only cause the state more harm and reset much of the advances achieved in the last ten years.
I had hoped that Chiranjeevi's entry will shake up the political system and make TDP and Congress more accountable to what they say and promise. However, all I see is more film stars in the political drama that has been unfolding. The herd-like mentality of illiterate film-goers who mix-up onscreen persona of their heroes with their real-life traits is surely going to damage the future of the state.
Now, TDP has recruited the entire NTR clan to try and win the elections. Congress, although slow, is trying to woo some big stars as well. Such nonsense can only unfold in a state where movies seem to be the only thing that anyone and everyone cares about.
I don't see one leader who brings a rational, intelligent approach to solving the state's problems. Although, I believe that Naidu is the most capable of the lot, it is a pity that he has to rely on film stars to win the election and not on the merit of his governance capability.