OPINION: Democracy becoming system of special people

Author(s): Harish K. MongaThe Author. Democracy is one of the best administrative systems. Abraham Lincoln, President of America, giving the meaning of democracy has said, “Democracy is for the people, by the people and for the people”. ...

OPINION: Democracy becoming system of special people

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Democracy is one of the best administrative systems. Abraham Lincoln, President of America, giving the meaning of democracy has said, “Democracy is for the people, by the people and for the people”. 

The meaning looks to be simple but the special category of people have started ruling over the common man. The many powers are working to snatch the system of people from the people itself.  The powers of big industrialists, capitalists or mafia people, senior executives and political leaders are jointly trying to make the system of people a special system but don’t change the name of democracy.  The people do vote and express their gratitude on winning of their leader but they don’t understand that actually, this system is not for them.  They are simply a voter. The leaders turned thieves are in fact making a mockery of democracy.  The political parties want to grab the votes and they present before the voters that they can actually lead them.  Elections manifestos are released but they are never followed or fulfilled and false promises are made with the people.  Numbers of issues are raised for getting the votes in the name of religion, caste, creed and language.  This brings tension in the society which later on gives birth to riots.  These political parties establish dictatorship in the system and every post is foisting upon at all levels. The decision to nominate the candidates for the posts of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are taken from the top. 

Because of this very reason, almost  in all the political parties; the culture of flattery has been given a birth and the concerned members concentrate more on their personal interests than social service.  Because of this, our democratic system is only confined to few selected people.  Since Indian political parties are run under the patronage of high level people, they always try to keep them within their reach.  They need not to go to look for favour of MP or MLA.  Whenever the new government is formed, the policies are made keeping their interests in view and common voters are forgotten at that time.  This is the reason that rich are becoming richer and poor the poorer.  The poor voters are always under the impression that the government is theirs. 

Now the multi-national companies in the name of foreign direct investment are trying to get the implementation of the policies of the world trade organisations.  The government sector is being converted into private sector.  The right of strike from the employees is being withdrawn.  On the one hand, the poor are striving whereas on the other hand the grains are being damaged in the godowns.  The food producer is committing suicide but all political parties are playing in the hands of India and world level big parties.  The self interest character of our political parties is not only making our system undemocratic but also disturbing our social, cultural, and economic and religions.  

Democracy is seen as one of the ultimate ideals that modern civilizations strive to create, or preserve. Democracy as a system of governance is supposed to allow extensive representation and inclusiveness of as many people and views as possible to feed into the functioning of a fair and just society. 

Today, every work is seen by linking with the politics of vote and no debates are held keeping in view the interests of the people and national as well.  In such circumstances, the need of the hour is to think as to whether democratic system requires the political parties? Is the democracy is in the interest of the parties or for the security of the common people. In the existing working system of the parties, there is no need of democracy.  Instead of representing the masses, the political parties are creating a big gap between the people and the government. 

There is a need to change the democratic set up Indian political system.  The best and strong way to save ourselves from the existing appearance of political parties is that Election Commission of India, make arrangements for the election of all recognised political parties organisations with due transparency and impartiality.  In every Assembly and Lok Sabha constituency, every party should have its separate branch and there should be strict elections of the parties besides enforcement of business laws.  For revolutionary changes, new concept in the Indian political system is required.

Saturday, February 16, 2013