Thursday, January 08, 2009

Chiru's new policy idea

Andhra has no hope, or so does it seem. I guess I was wrong in hoping that a popular movie star like Chiranjeevi will make a difference in politics. I was always skeptical of movie stars entering politics. However, I had hoped that with Chiranjeevi's entry there would be new competition to the dynastic tendencies of both Congress and TDP. The only fear I had was that Chiranjeevi might surround himself with too many actors - novices in public policy, and cause more harm than good.

Recent news is indicating that this is what is exactly happening. Chiranjeevi announced that if his party came into power, he would launch a new scheme - vandake vantinti saruku. Based on the popular 2 kg rice scheme of TDP, this stupid idea is surely going to lead to Andhra's bankruptcy if not anything. Additionally, it also shows that Chiranjeevi has been no different in terms of adopting a sound approach to managing his campaign.

His entry into politics has only lead to more movie stars taking sides and no real policy stance changes from anyone. All the news media is obsessed with movie stars and how they are campaigning, but no one is focusing on the real problems faced by the state. A new website akhilandhra.com is showing some promise in this regard. Some of the opinions written on this website are very straightforward and surprisingly the analysis is quite good.

Additionally, I even stopped having any pity for the electorate. They deserve bad governance because they chose to elect useless leaders. Chiranjeevi still has hope. He needs to get his act straight by appointing people with sound credentials to his team and not his brother-in-law and his brother. The biggest problems facing the state cannot be solved by talking about the downtrodden and giving lectures based on movie roles. Those are good to cheer up a crowd to get votes. If these speeches are backed by a sound approach to policy decisions and new ideas about cleaning out corruption and all the real estate mafia that currently exists in the state, there will be some hope for Andhra. Otherwise, Andhra will be another Bihar - except that we will have movie stars instead of Lallu at the helm.

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