There is good takeaway from the 2014 General Election although we might need a telescope to spot it.
The discourse has been embarrassing – even the abuse is not classy – but hidden in the din of a lowbrow election are a few gems.
1. Cheteshwar Pujara and Amartya Sen land in India to vote
There is much said about Amartya Sen’s elite approach to India – that he sits on a perch continents away – but he has been a true friend of India.
He is 80 and still flew in to vote. It is a stirring exoneration of India’s democratic system, which though flawed is the most sought-after.
Cricket batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was equally rousing. He is a brand ambassador of the Election Commission this year and he was in Abu Dhabi playing in IPL7. Yet, he found the motivation to fly down and vote in Rajkot.
It helps that Sen and Pujara are role models in their areas of expertise. Strangely, no mainstream media thought it newsworthy enough to speak with them on why they think the Indian system is worth it.
Even two minutes each on news television would have done more than a million text messages.
Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara with his wife after casting their vote in Rajkot