|Gandhi park, Chalai, Trivandrum|
There has to be a fundamental shift in the way we Indians perceive
the Government. Our nation was gripped in servitude to some form of superiority. Be it the feudal upper castes or land lords and kings. This sense of servitude was an advantage to the foreign traders who latter saw the opportunity and became imperial occupiers. Today our nation suffers from the very same sense of servitude and submission to a distant higher authority.
The manifestation of the factor can be seen when we see how people clearly distinguish politics and politicians as an external superior entity, far removed from the lives of the general public. The fact that the entire democratic process is meant to represent the interests and goals of the people seem to be a distant concept. It is sad that the concept of "Them" and "Us" still perssist even within our democracy. It is we who elect these men and women to parliament in the first place. Centuries of unquestioned servitude to the superiors have simply blinded our vision of corruption and abuse.
Change in the form of an amendment of the Constitution is in order. It should be a constitutional crime not to vote for the parliamentary election. Those who do not partake in this democratic process should be levied extra taxes or something to that effect. I would like to draw on some ancient Platonic concept of democracy when I say this: Those with more dependants should be allotted that many number of votes as well. Since one adult individual represents the interests of several minor individuals.
The quality of our democracy varies from state to state. A large portion of our elected representatives are either corrupt, unqualified or under-qualified to effectively execute the job. Those who elect these individuals to power are also not exactly the 40% or so educated ones from our country. Hence the resulting picture at the parliament is a poor representation of our great nation. On the whole the performance of the Indian parliament ranges between mediocrity and a C-class tamil comedy. It is high time some tangible effort is made to increase the quality of our democracy by incentives and, if necessary, taxes.