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India Speaks!

July 21, 2008
The Lok Sabha debate on the motion of confidence moved by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has begun.

By Tuesday evening, the United Progressive Alliance government's fate will be determined by the House of the People.

What does the man or woman on the street think of the political drama?

rediff.com spoke to some Indians to find out.

'Is there a crisis at the Centre?'

Sharad Khanna, 21, is a second year BCom student at a college in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He doesn't know that a vote of confidence is going to take place. Neither does he know that Dr Manmohan Singh's government is under threat.

"What are you saying? Is there a problem at the Centre? Sorry, I didn't know that this was going on -- yes, I've heard about the nuclear deal but didn't know that the government was in crisis because of it," he says over a beer and cigarette at one of Jodhpur's most sought after pubs by youngsters.

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On a Sunday afternoon, Sharad and his friend are hanging out at the pub which has other groups of college kids enjoying a leisurely afternoon. He calls himself a "proud Indian"' who does not understand what all this fuss at the Centre is all about.

He has heard that the nuclear deal will be good for the country even though he does not understand much about it. "I think other countries of the world are taking notice of India since talks of this deal happened, so it will benefit India."

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Sharad feels bad that Dr Manmohan Singh, in spite of being such a good man has to face all the shenanigans of other politicians but says what is of relevance to him is what's happening around him. Since the roads and infrastructure in his city has improved tremendously in the last few years, he says that his how he measures what a government ought to be.

"See Vasundhara Raje, our CM has really done good work. She is my favourite politician. She is also beautiful, isn't she? I am not a voter but feel good that she is spending taxpayer's money to improve our city."

Image: Sharad Khanna at a pub in Jodhpur. Text: Archana Masih | Photograph: Rajesh Karkera

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