Common People of the Country

Common People of the Country

In the modern democratic system, understanding the mentality of the common voter is not easy for any political party. The people of the country have various thoughts, which are always the subject of debate and speculation. It is said that in democracy, the people are the king. In Assamese society, there is a saying that the king is not the one who wears a crown. But keeping the crown on someone’s head and keeping the king’s rule intact is difficult.

History has shown that the opinions of the king cannot always be correctly estimated by any political party. Political parties can be separated from the people for a long time, as exemplified by the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Initially, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling political party in India, had proven through the Lok Sabha elections that it had been separated from the people. Many leaders of the BJP themselves had difficulty accepting that they had come to power from the people’s votes. However, the BJP failed to achieve a majority in the Lok Sabha elections, which clearly proved that the party had not come to power from the people.

The continuous rise in prices, alarming unemployment, and the government’s failure to address the issues faced by the common people were not accepted even by the government itself. Despite this, the government did not seem to make any effort to understand the problems of the common people. According to media reports, due to the rapid rise in prices, more than 400 varieties of vegetables have become unaffordable in the local market. The government’s policy of accumulating wealth through toll gates has not been accepted by the common people. However, both these issues have made life difficult for the common people.

Although the pace of development and the progress made by the government in the last ten years have been stagnant, the Prime Minister has not said a word about the rise in prices and the new problems. This clearly indicates that the government did not see the common people’s welfare as its primary goal, but rather as an obstacle. Perhaps only during elections do political parties try to pressure the common people. Otherwise, they do not seem interested in getting involved with the common people in any work. If all political parties do not become sensitive to the welfare of the common people, they will be separated from society forever.

The complexities of democracy lie in its ability to navigate the diverse and often conflicting perspectives of its people. The common people, often overlooked in the corridors of power, hold the true pulse of the nation. Political parties must heed the lessons of history, where disconnect from the masses led to electoral setbacks.

The recent elections serve as a stark reminder that governance is not merely about implementing policies but about understanding and addressing the needs of the people. Rising prices and unemployment are not just economic issues but deeply impact the lives of millions. The government’s duty is not just to govern but to govern responsibly, with the welfare of the common people at its core.

As we move forward, it is imperative for political parties to bridge the gap between rhetoric and reality. Meaningful engagement with the common people should not be limited to election campaigns but should be an ongoing endeavor. Only by truly understanding and empathizing with the challenges faced by the common people can political parties hope to earn their trust and mandate.

In the end, a government’s success should be measured not by its ability to accumulate power or wealth but by its commitment to uplifting the lives of its citizens. The common people are the bedrock of our democracy, and their well-being should be the guiding principle of governance.