In the last part on elections, I urged all to go and vote in elections irrespective of whether they actually mean anything or not. Now ( thankfully !) elections in 5 states have ended and news channels are full of discussions and heated debates. In this part, I will talk about what we can learn from the election frenzy.
Some things cannot change
I find a lot of similarity between exit poll predictions & weather bureau forecasts. Both just cant get it right. I am amazed by the gross inaccuracy of the exit polls in almost every election held over the last decade.The election commissioner was right in saying that exit polls are more for entertainment than enlightenment. If you can at max correctly indicate just the trend in 2 state elections out of 5 and get it completely wrong in remaining 3, what is the objective behind the exit polls in the first place ? You are in fact exposing your faulty methods of prediction and forecasts. My suggestion to the news channels is either correct your methods to make more accurate forecasts or simply stop wasting efforts in forecasting them. I am sure no one would be affected if you choose the second option. Lesson for us is that if we are not good at some work, either improve ourselves with respect to it if it is very critical or simply stop pursuing it. To keep on following up with same with our current set of capabilities may not yield the desired outcomes.
Leader is not everything.
It is always said that leader’s qualities, personality traits and charisma define how good or bad an organisation is. True, but a leader alone is not sufficient to drive the success of an organisation. Proper delegation of power and authority to subordinates in a well defined structure is also necessary. Same was reflected in the elections result in India’s most populated state. The winner and the runner up had a clear candidate for the Chief Minister position. The people knew who would lead the state if they give vote to the concerned parties. The 3rd & 4th rank parties erred on the same thing. The fact that they being huge national level parties proved a double edged sword for them. The central leadership campaigned high and low but there was not a single Chief Minister candidate projected by them throughout the campaigning. People realised that if voted to power , everything will be controlled by the centre and the CM would remain maybe just a dummy and hence the mandate from the people. Thus, a leader needs to understand that a subordinate must also be sufficiently visible to the outside world to enhance trust in the sound structure of the organisation.
Talk about your good deeds, then others’ bad deeds.
UPA was expected to win in Punjab ( even the great exit polls had indicated so). The results proved otherwise. In UP, the seemingly no impact of the ‘youth leader’s campaigning ‘ was also quite surprising. The mistake which the big party did was focusing too much on other parties’ failures and mismanagement, when it itself is embroiled in all sorts of corruption issues one can think of. It would have been better if it had concentrated on what it can do for the state and not focus simply on elephants, statues and parks. But, unfortunately if you donot have even a single CM candidate to talk about, focusing on ‘promises’ for the state was not given much thought during campaigns and hence the result. We shouldn’t be victims of “Muh mein Raam , bagal mein chhuri”. First focus on what good you can do, then talk about what others cannot or have not done. Results might be a little better.
Which party actually wins or loses elections may not matter much to our day to day lives. But we need to learn from the mistakes committed by the parties, news media channels before or after to learn and improve ourselves, to yield better results in our various endeavors