Saturday, March 29, 2014

Our Strong Democracy Covers India's Failures

              India has been in a state of denial for years. It is rightly proud of its vibrant and chaotic democracy which is on show in the current general election and has survived and been accepted almost without question since Independence.
              Indian democracy has become an unchallengeable fig leaf covering what is not achieved. It allows the negative and under-performing aspects of Indian life to flourish. It blocks change and acts as an excuse for ineffective government.
              Our democracy has also provided an excuse and a cover for the gradual criminalization of politics that has been allowed to grow for decades to such an extent that election campaigns are distorted, large bribes are paid when coalitions are being formed, and many members of parliament and state assemblies have criminal charges pending against them. 
             Democracy also creates an environment where jugaad fixes are easy, and where the failures of the system in terms of poor governance and weakened institutions make the fatalism of chalta hai a welcome safe haven.
             This is not an argument for doing away with democracy, but to recognize and change the negative way in which it operates. Democracy has helped to hold India together since Independence, providing an outlet for people's frustrations and anger, ousting prime ministers, chief ministers and their governments.
             It is not democracy that is at fault but a lack of leadership and a failure to shape clean transparent systems and procedures that operate effectively without being manipulated and hijacked by vested interests and those who resist change. That is the challenge for the next government. 
             Elliott, a journalist who has worked in India for 24 years,  analysed well the ground reality. He, in his write up, shows the real face of our democracy. It is worth reading and adopting to correcting. So that, we can cure ills to strengthen our country further. 
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Reference:
1.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/stoi/all-that-matters/Democracy-has-become-a-fig-leaf-to-cover-Indias-failures/articleshow/32938440.cms