Saturday, February 16, 2013

Kissa Kursi Ka!!!

India has long boasted of being the world’s largest democracy. But there is an inherent flaw in the very structure of Indian political system. With so many parties in the political fray, both national and regional, the people of India Inc. find themselves in a political quandary. With so many parties and regional leaders appeasing them for votes the 'junta' stands utterly confused.
This has a dual effect.
One, it makes the poor and illiterate people of rural India vulnerable to the overtures made by the leaders. They easily fall prey to the false promises made by the dominant-regional leaders and end up not using their most basic political right of voting as optimally as they
should. Their ignorance proves blissful to the shrewd leaders of this country.
Second, this has a trickle-down effect on the governance of the country at large. The votes and
subsequently the power to form the government is distributed, almost so evenly, amongst these
parties that none of them emerges victorious with a thumping majority. The result: ‘An alliance’.
The consequences: distribution of power and opinions alike.
We ultimately have a government so deeply riddled with compromises and power-sharing that it’s incapable of officiously implementing a policy across the country. The same is the condition of the Indian State currently. Be it the drama we witnessed over allowing FDI or the deregulation of the prices of petrol and its variants or whatsoever. Every time the centre has tried to ratify a
new policy there has been some opposition from at least one of the members of its alliance.
There are numerous cases where we have witnessed a high level drama and polarized opinions over the ratification of a policy. Whatever be the end-result, the process of policy implementation itself suggests how deeply plagued and how unstable the foundation of Indian political system is.
In times of severe political crisis, when quick and effective decisions need to be taken, our
government finds itself tied down and burdened with the load of an alliance. Instead of expediting the process of policy-framing and decision-making the government is busy appeasing its brethren to reach a consensus on an opinion. Instead of negotiating for policies, in India's interest, with the foreign leaders the government spends time either vegetating or solving internal disputes. The people at the centre find themselves devoid of power and authority.
It’s high time the Indian leaders learnt to work in tandem with each other or else India would
still be the largest democracy in the world but unfortunately not the most successful one.

Pseudonym : h!v
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