Nisha Singh

Over last two months, I have immersed myself in Nisha Singh’s campaign. Nisha is contesting Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) election for the councillor from Ward 30. It has been very exciting, enriching and encouraging experience to work on, to learn from and to contribute towards an election in India.

I came to know about Nisha Singh via Facebook. After a few phone calls and a few emails, I decided that it would be worthwhile in my journey of positive politics to go to Gurgaon for a few weeks and work on Nisha’s campaign. The experience turned out to be much richer than I had imagined.

Nisha had online and offline strategies for her campaign. She leveraged technology. Her website, facebook and twitter accounts gained her admirers and supporters not only from Gurgaon, but also from Indians living in various states in India as well as abroad. She worked very hard on the ground – and met the potential voters where there live to understand the local issues people were concerned about. She also identified opportunities for improvements which she believed she could do as a councillor.

33% of the MCG wards are reserved for women – including Ward 30. This aspect brought about some interesting dynamics. I would say Nisha is not really contesting with other women candidates, but their husbands or their fathers-in-law! This isn’t particularly surprising – especially when you consider that most male candidates in India start their political careers as their fathers’ proxies. What I found amusing was how blatantly and shamelessly several women candidates declare they are proxies – by including their male relative’s portraits along with their own – in their big banners and posters.

Nisha has been getting very good response from the citizens of her ward. Every day, Nisha gets emails of appreciation from strangers – voters from her ward as well as outsiders who pass by or hear about her. They have been pleasantly surprised to see an educated person wanting to make a difference is contesting in their ward. When we go door-to-door for canvassing, people greet us very well and offer water or chai. Several people have said that they had decided to vote for Nisha the moment they saw her posters – one she was well educated (Engineer, MBA) and secondly she was alone in her posters! That told them she is not a proxy candidate – and they were sick and tired of the phenomenon of proxy candidature.

Nisha began her preparations as an independent candidate 6-7 months when the elections were being planned – and decided to stay so even after getting offers of ticket from various parties. To be a viable independent candidate one must possess several personality traits of a leader – strength of character, intelligence, courage, discipline, energy and passion for the cause. Nisha has all of these traits and has fully employed those towards the ultimate test in a democracy – the ballot. The polling will occur on May 15th – 4 days from now!

If Nisha is elected, I would say it might be a small win for Nisha in Ward 30, Gurgaon, but a giant hope for me towards positive politics in India!

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Srinivas Kaveri on May 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Shanthala, Great insights in your compilation on Nisha’s indulgence in politics. I wish her all the best and hope people will choose her to bring change for better days.

    Srini Kaveri.

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  2. Posted by Shwetha Prabhu on May 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Chhavi Rajawat is a fine example of positive politics. She quit a well paying job to join grass root politics.

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  3. Posted by Suresh muthkur on May 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hi this is suresh from blore, a very well written article, Its takes real guts to enter politics with out any back ground & up against an army of politicians who have no values in life. Kudos to her, I pray to god to put some sense in the voters of ward 30 & elect her & not being a prey of black money distribution, Nisha go on today is gurgoan, next delhi———————– where there is a will there is a way.

    AND

    A very great salute to you, we only talk you have put this into practice by being there for almost 2 months & that too away from your family, I am dreathe of words in appreciating you, well done you have made your family very proud.

    I take this oppurtunity to wish Nisha the very best of luck, Go on man make your own mile stones, fortune favours the brave

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  4. and your efforts didnt go waste ! she won….. a giant leap towards positive politics in India !
    the next year would be a challenge for her and an interesting case study for me !! amen !

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  5. Posted by Vaishali Pandi on May 16, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Dear Shantala,Very nicely put.The middle class community who are mostly educated and have access to technology and information have begun to engage and we can already see the difference they can make to the political scene.I have hopes especially after the recent TN and WB election results.

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  6. Posted by SRINIVASAN TBN on June 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

    True it is a giant hope for everyone towards positive politics in India!

    Hope we all can contribute and make it green for us..

    Savoured Victory…for Nisha, u and all of us hoping to contribute.

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  7. Posted by Srini on June 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Shanthala,

    Congratulations to Nisha and you as well. Much of the political changes that have been happening in the Arab world in recent months has been credited to the spread of information through technology. India seems to be taking this leap as well. I very much hope this is sustained by well intentioned and driven citizens such as yourself.

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  8. Posted by Sharat Mangalpally on May 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Nice compilation of Nisha’s campaign. Kudos to Shanthala for leaving everything and going to Gurgaon for this. Your hope has become reality and more to come in future I wish.

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  9. Nisha is doing great job for all the citizen who have faith on her.If i would be their i would vote my vote to Nisha. Nisha if you win we all friends will have party over hear.
    So once again best of luck.
    Indian Anti Corruption Act

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  10. Nisha is doing great job we all are with you.

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