Election time has arrived again in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Its highly unlikely that the CPM will be replaced in Bengal, mainly due to the new found corporate ratification that Buddha babu has received. In Chennai of course, it could be a close one, though one feels Amma might prevail again. It has been unfortunate that I haven't kept up with the political scenario in Chennai after I left the place long ago and moved to Kolkata...but here's a surprise. An email from a friend in Chennai was a revelation of sorts. The Lok Paritran party in Chennai is contesting the assembly polls. Set up by IIT ians, this is truly a party with a difference. Most of the candidates contesting seem to be well educated and seem to have a proven track record of public service. This is not propaganda for them or anything (when people come to power all the good intentions seem to take a back seat) and when you cast your vote make sure you do your due diligence on the candidates, but atleast now you might be saved from thinking, 'oh who do I vote for, they are all crooks!'. Take a look at the profiles of some of their candidates.
Mylapore - Santhanagopal Vasdev (28), M.A Economics from New York University
Chepauk - P. Elanthirumaran (38), Project Manager/Software Consultant
Thousand Lights - Ishrayel Maheswar (32), MBA, M.Phil
Egmore - Prashant Sharma (48), Marketing Professional
T. Nagar - Arvind Tiruvaiyar (32) - Marketing/Social Worker
Annanagar - Rajamani (56), A senior consulting engineer, worked abroad for 25 years
Saidapet - Hariharan (28), Software Engineer
Park Town - Rabindara Ganesh (61), Social worker
Atleast now the picture is more representative. With the rise of the middle class, it would be nice to have some candidates with whom this huge section of people can identify with. Its also heartening to see the educated, middle class taking the step to join politics and trying their bit to effect change for the better. Regardless of how they perform at the hustings, one has to hand it them for atleast trying.