Elections in India has undergone its silent evolution, today the electoral fortunes of representatives nominated by the political parties largely hinge on the pivotal figure of the party (who is most likely the Prime Ministerial candidate of India or the Chief Ministerial candidate of the state). The popularity and trust gained by this single pivotal figure swing the fortunes of his/her political party. This is a trend very similar to the presidential electoral race of the United States. While India has evolved into quasi-presidential form (when it comes to choosing you elected representatives), it has to live with the limitations of the representative democracy that India is.
So what is the biggest limitation of Indian representative democracy?
According to article 74 of the Indian constitution, the Prime Minister has to choose his council of ministers from the elected members of either house of the parliament. The elected members have no prior qualification requirements and hence it is largely by chance that Indian citizens get experts to head any specific ministry. On the contrary, the US president has a free hand in choosing his cabinet and hence the policy making body largely has experts with domain knowledge.
Does domain expertise help in better policy decisions?
Certainly yes, but the biggest requirement of any representative would be to represent the aspirations of the people, have their ears to the ground and affect policy decisions that serve the larger good. India in the past and present have had fantastic ministers who not really have domain expertise, yet, if given a choice, India could perhaps come up with better policy initiatives with experts on their side.
How relevant is the representative democracy in India?
Relevance and irrelevance depend on how many people vote based on the candidate of a particular constituency. India still elects its fair share of independent candidates, that would mean a lot of times of the profile of the candidate do play a role. There are also a large number of elected representatives with criminal backgrounds, that largely means, people are voting for the pivotal figure of the party and hence they overlook the profile of the candidate they vote for.
At a time when innovation drives many western nation’s growth, isn’t it time for India to think of the way where we could bring in experts into policy-making positions?
Could India take some of the aspects of presidential democracy and incorporate into our representative democracy, to make it work to our benefit?
Could we do a course change and transform ourselves into a presidential form of democracy?
We leave it to your imagination. Do share your thoughts.
“Researchers Find 12,000 Pieces Of Microplastic Per Litre Of Arctic Ice”
“80-Kg Polythene Waste Removed From Cow’s Stomach After A Three-Hour Surgery”
“Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now Three Times The Size Of France”
These are a few news headlines from the past couple of months. No matter how much we try to deny it, over the course of time, plastic has become a part and parcel of our lives and it is destroying the environment and also endangering lives of animals.
While we have been made to believe that plastic is an indispensable part of our lives, it is destroying everything around us. According to UN Environment, about one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute around the world. Also, up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This means that almost half of the plastic created in the world is thrown away after a single-use.
All this plastic now ends up either in landfills or in the ocean. The marine life is heavily endangered because of plastic. Reports of aquatic animals dying of plastic pollution are increasing every day. A study from 2015 found around 44,000 incidences of animals getting entangled in plastic debris since 1960s. Plastic, that disintegrates into smaller pieces, are often eaten by smaller fish, which the ultimately ends up in our stomach. That is carcinogenic for human beings.
It is in this context that Indiabulls Home Loans has decided to do its bit and contribute to a plastic free environment. Setting the tone in its own offices, the company has decided to do away with single-use plastic bags and bottles at work.
As a special Independence Day initiatives, they have come up with a beautiful video #PlasticSeAzaadi. In the video, set against the backdrop of an Independence Day celebration at school children discuss the demerits of plastic use and how it is detrimental to the environment.
As with many important matters in life, it is children who recognize the right path and set the example. If they can, then why it is that adult can’t?
The Logical Indian appreciates Indiabulls Home Loansfor such a noble and necessary initiative to make our world a better place. We might not realize now, but the effects of excessive plastic could lead to ultimate destruction of Earth. We are ready to give up plastic, are you?