Sunday, March 04, 2007

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

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaah..nice...very confusing..what exactly are u tryin to say???

March 04, 2007 6:18 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

anon@11:18
I was just describing the state of the Indian political system.

March 04, 2007 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brijesh,

Have to agree with Anonymous (first commentor)! Whats your point? Hasn't this been happening in kerala for many many years now?? What is your suggestion, Brijesh- to improve this scenario? Any ideas? Who is to blame? Who will take the responsibility for this sad state of affairs??

How did you expect anything to change when highly qualified people (like yourself) limits their interest in politics to just reading political drama in the newspaper and internet? You know what has to be done. Indian politics need young people - educated and dedicated to the cause, who puts the best interest of the Indian people before anything else..

BUT we (that includes you and I, and many others like us) find it easier to just sit at the comfort and security of our houses and apartments and just write blogs and comment about it!! Even worse we are too scared (or too faint hearted) to accept responsibility. The best we can say is "I (Mr. X/Y/Z) CANNOT BE BLAMED IF COMMON MAN LOSE FAITH IN THE INDIAN POLITICAL SYSTEM"..

Pat on your back, Brijesh- for writing up such a empty blog!!!

-- Gibs

March 04, 2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

Gibs,
Agreed that I didn’t put any solutions to the problem. I don’t have any hesitation in admitting that I don’t know the solution to this problem. This piece of thought came to me after I read some news articles which painted Punjab CM as “come back hero” and stuffs like that.

My point was in India most parties win election because of the wrong done by the other party and not on merits of the winning party. If you ask me if this problem will be solved if few educated youth (like you and me) join politics and work hard I don’t have an answer for that.

March 04, 2007 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks brijesh for your response!! Whatever said and done, your blogs definitely give a reason for introspection and possible restitution!! :)

March 05, 2007 3:10 AM  
Blogger Sachin R K said...

Ultimately people get the govt they deserve.

March 11, 2007 5:18 AM  
Blogger Brijesh said...

sachin r k,
People have no choices in front of them. They just have to pick some one hoping they will change and change doesnt ever happen.

March 11, 2007 7:46 PM  

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