Essay on Indian Politics

1093 Words Jul 15th, 2014 5 Pages
1) Did the given State originate in conquest? If so, who are the conquerors? Are they still in charge?
India has seen conquerors since the 3rd century B.C. and was controlled by the Aryans, Turks and eventually European nations. It was very lucrative to trade with India which was rich in spices, gold and silver, silk and tea. The vast population of India provided potential markets to the European nations who set up companies there. The line between the economic and political power soon got blurry as the nation’s put up military bases in various parts of the country. Great Britain was a dominant political power in India by the 19th century and ruled the country for over a hundred years. The Republic of India as we know it was born in 1950
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3) Who are the classes who benefit from the State?
Economic inequality has always been one of India’s biggest problems and the State has continually failed in bridging the gap between the rich and poor. Right from the founding fathers like Jawaharlal Nehru, almost every leader has been accused of being from the higher castes and not doing anything for the others. Dalit (lower caste) leader B.R.Ambedkar made reforms against untouchability among other reforms but even leaders who claim to be his followers to get the votes of the lower castes do nothing for them. Mayavati, former chief minister of one of the most backward states in the country, Uttar Pradesh, and the leader of Dalits has been repeatedly criticized on accounts of corruption and other issues. Her lavish expenses are an embarrassment to the state which has the highest poverty rate, crime rate and poor health facilities. Mayavati had over a hundred monumental statues of herself erected all over the state. She makes about $200,000 a month and was recently felicitated by her party with a garland made out of notes of indian currency to the tune of $11,000. US officials leaked that she sent a private jet to another city to get her a pair of shoes. While accusations are investigated in India, no politician has ever been put behind bars. Any money that the state puts into schemes that are meant to help the poor never reaches…

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