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Political innovation in India can stop future REVOLUTION by Ram Konduri

Indian political framework built after independence is losing its relevance to govern a complex and diverse country. Six and a half decade of democratic exercise has generated more hypocrites than true leaders.

Voters have become consumers for political parties, to be lured and deceived with various schemes before and after every election. Impatience, philosophical attitude and hope are driving voters to move from one situation to the other for a better nation.

Present: The electoral results of 2014 have proved the mindset of voters, their hope in a credible leader to deliver. Mr. Narendra Modi was given the mandate to lead the nation. The change was triggered by the voters realizing their lives will not change, no matter which party is in power. Educated middle class and lower section of society had a new ray of hope in AAP, but those hopes got bust in a very short time.

All political parties have diminished to anarchism. These anarchists have ruined the institution to a great extent. Competent leaders cannot grow in anarchist control atmosphere. The situations are same in all parties.

Politicians are scrambling on issues like fake certificates and forgetting major issues like population, poverty, malnutrition, resource management, air pollution, education, law and order, health care, corruption and social harmony. Most of the representatives do not understand the issues and expecting them to address them is a foolish dream. Do these people deserve salaries plus benefits from the taxpayer?

India’s last hope is PM Narendra Modi. This Herculean task to clean up the filth and to offer a better future for India is extremely challenging. But these major problems are in the process of turning into monsters and could lead to a revolution. Do politicians understand how to cooperate?

Problem: Multi-party democracy adopted by the Indian constitution allows a party with the highest number of elected representatives with majority or with external support to form a government. But how the majority can be formulated is not well defined. The majority can be of any combination, defying people’s voice by elected representatives or party men to switch sides based on personal interest.

This is the biggest joke on the democratic process. This flexible process has given opportunity for regional groups to form political parties. These groups garner votes based on religion, caste and muscle power.

Solution: This is my idea. India should move from multi-party to “no party democracy”. Representatives will be of two categories. 1- Representative (Ministry) – Qualified to head a ministry/ institutions. 2- Representatives (General) – to address people’s issues. Under Supreme Court and High court observation, there will be two phases of screening, both for central and state governments. The standards and screening process will be decided by experts to qualify a representative to contest. All representatives must go through Phase I.

Phase II is for ministry eligibility, screening process is more rigorous related to a ministry, subject matter and administration. Phase III screening will be for the post PM/CM, 5 representatives will be qualified to contest for this role. For each constituency 5 representatives will be qualified to contest. Based on the screening results and public debates people will vote to elect PM/CM plus constituency representatives. Elected PM / CM has the authority to select/fire his/her cabinet members from the elected representatives. It is very important to limit the period for a representative to occupy a constitutional post.

Advantages: This solution will eliminate anarchism, political fights, communal violence, incompetent leaders, horse-trading, misdeeds of representatives on Governments, wastage of parliament time and resources, compromising institutions, political crimes and corruption and political slaver. : I dream about India’s bright future. Nothing more.
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Ram Konduri

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