Dear Rajdeep and Susmita,
It is indeed a refreshing feeling that for the first time ever, we have two candidates contesting the assembly elections from Silchar, whom we can address by their first names. Grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles and aunties have ruled here for ages and it feels nice that whoever wins between the two of you, a young turk will represent us at Dispur this time.
|BJP candidate Dr. Rajdeep Roy (second from right) during an election rally with senior leader Sushma Swaraj (Photo Coutesy: Samayik Prasanga)|
Your electorates, that is, the people of Silchar have high hopes from you. We firmly believe that you are educated, suave, articulate and have the vision to take your town out of the sloth and morass it finds itself in today. Both of you have travelled around the world and have probably seen many models of development. Therefore, it should be easier for you to detect what ails the system here.
|Congress candidate Susmita Deb with Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (Photo Coutesy: Samayik Prasanga)|
You are also not products of our traditional system of churning out political leaders where the local goons with proven criminal records grow to become public representatives. Because you are new to the political arena, you do not have any background of corruption either which gives us a lot of optimism.
However, what worries us is that, both of you are scions of former political bigwigs, who also are answerable to the people of Silchar, for the decay the town is in today. There is always a chance you will succumb to the very frailties that prevented your fathers from churning out a new path of development for our lovely town.
A coterie of yesmen always surrounded your fathers during their reigns. They not only gave them the wrong advice on many occasions but also conspired with the babus to usurp public money meant for development. Even on occasions, when your parents had the right intentions, these unscrupulous characters scuttled the plans. It will be a massive challenge for both of you to avoid these characters.
It is amazing that the people of Silchar still believe in the ethos of democracy despite the fact that the democratically elected leaders have failed and cheated them time and again. The roots of naxalite violence in central India or the flurry of separatist movements in the north east lie in the fact that the state and its functionaries constantly kept duping the people and pocketed all the funds that were sanctioned for development creating huge resentment among the people.
Our backs have been pushed to the wall. Six decades since independence, we still have no roads, no railway, no medical facility of some standard and no avenue for employment generation. This time please do not test our patience again.
It is criminal of Bithika Deb to conveniently ‘retire’ from politics after five years of complete misrule. If there was even a shred of accountability in our system, she could not have escaped so easily. We fear that, our ‘non functional’ MP Kabindra Purkayastha might also manage to make way for his son in the Lok Sabha elections after doing nothing in his five year tenure.
However, the patience level of the people of this town has reached its maximum. Take your tenure as MLA seriously and try to make a difference. Otherwise, you might not be able to escape the way your parents did.
All the best and Good Luck,
Team Concern For Silchar