All In the Name of Democracy?
Prakash Singh Badal was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Punjab for the record 4th time yesterday.His party Akali Dal defeated the ruling Congress Party in the just concluded Assembly Elections.
Now rewind to elections held 5 years back. Akali Dal and Prakash Singh Badal had been routed in the Assembly Elections. The administration of Badal was so corrupt and incompetent that people voted against his party. Now after 5 years same people have voted him to power. Does that mean in 5 years people of Punjab have forgiven Badal for all his misdeeds or have the people understood that all charges against him were false? The answer is NO - the people were not voting for Badal this time, instead they were voting against the incompetent Congress Government which indirectly helped Badal. Again I am sure after 5 years the same people who voted for Badal will vote him out by voting for Congress and this phenomena will continue till democracy exists in India in this form.
This is true for most of the states in India except West Bengal. This I feel is one of the main reasons for the declining voter turnout for Indian elections. When an Indian electorate is asked to choose between the devil and the deep blue sea and if he feels that the best option would be not to choose anyone can we blame that person? Common man will think - I have 2 options to choose from- both have in the past shown that they are equally incompetent. Why should I vote or why should I waste my vote? People who come out to vote think that the opposition party being out of power for 5 years might have learned a lesson and will govern better. Once they are in power the same old story of incompetence and corruption repeats again.
Electing back politicians who are once proven corrupt and incompetent is not good for democracy. Say, for example, a party X in power was thrown out of power because its leaders were inefficient and corrupt. The opposition party Y came to power not based on the development agenda but on the anti-incumbency factor. The new ruling party Y now starts investigating the various charges against the previous Government in the pretext of keeping the election promise while itself indulging in the same corrupt practices. Various cases will be filed against the politicians of the previous ruling party. By the time investigations are over and cases come to the High Court, 5 years might have elapsed and party X might come back to power. Now the same people who are accused of misdeeds are back in power and they will use official machinery to weaken all cases against them. This saga continues and the faith of the people on our democratic system continues to erode.
This is exactly what is happening in India now. We hear a lot of news about political corruptions in India. Can you tell me the name of any prominent Indian politician who was sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption and is still in jail? I can't think of any. Does this mean that they are all good? Definitely not. Then why is this happening?
These politicians know that however corrupt/incompetent they are, if they play their political cards well, they can come back to power at some point of time and use that power to wipe out all their misdeeds of the past and still commit more crimes.
COMMON MAN CANNOT BE BLAMED IF THEY LOSE FAITH IN THE INDIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM