Barack Obama has been re-elected as the President of USA beating Mitt Romney. In his victory speech he said, “No matter what, you can make it in America” …and that’s very true!
Although the result is not really a surprise to me or to anyone else I think, what has been really surprising is the reaction of Indians towards the US election. For one, they seemed to take more interest in the US elections than Indian elections. They were exhorting their fellow US citizens to go out and vote and these are people who themselves would never have voted in their own countries. They all heaved a sigh of relief when Obama was elected. There could be a couple of reasons for this:
1. These people identify themselves as future US citizens and therefore are invested in US elections
2. They feel Obama is more like them and they identify with him – he rose from nowhere, is not white, is not black either!
3. They want to participate in important, global issues
4. But the biggest reason, I think, is that they feel a void in the leadership space in Indian politics and to fulfill it, look at the next best option – the world superpower.
What I feel? I don’t care who the American president is. I only feel sorry about the Indian Politics. I feel sorry that Indians have to look to USA to feel the thrill of politics. I feel bad that my generation does not show any interest in the politics of its own country but does so in that of the US. Just sucks.
But Yay!! for Obama…it will probably be just more of the same. Often, people are more relieved by the status quo than by change. So, more people are at peace than not.