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.
The new generation of people have indeed put on their superhero cape and are breaking rules to save the world from shrinking into melancholy. But anyone who breaks the norm, sets the rulebook on fire comes off as the ‘bad guy’. However, in all honesty, isn’t it “good to be bad sometimes”?
It would be so tedious to bottle ourselves into virtues that have been impressed upon us since childhood, teaching us to see good from bad. Haven’t we all broken the rules to taste a little freedom? There have been days when we have lied at home to experience how beautiful the city streets look at night. We have broken the rules to include and be inclusive of people who are different from us. And also pushed the boundaries even if that meant breaking bad.
While it is convenient to play by the book, there is no fun in it. Take the anti-hero from the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Venom”, the role of the protagonist comes off as quite iconic in this regard. Being a sinister parasite, he teams up with his host to wage a war against his own kind to stand for what’s right.
Mischief you call it? Well, it’s one trait that emerges when least expected not just in the character of Venom but quite honestly in all of us. To get this aspect out there to the young and carefree lot, &flix has come up with a quirky rap that plays on repeat in the mind. It whips up many unconventionally relatable idiosyncrasies of ‘the mistaken supervillain’ who we can’t help, but fall in love because in spirit, aren’t we all just the same?
‘Venom’ is an alien character that does not qualify as “all things nice”. This Marvel film that has concerned itself with the theme of “the world has enough superheroes” sets a great paradigm shift from the ideal superhero narrative and gives its viewers the ultimate daunting anti-hero. Celebrating the evil inside everyone, graffiti artists have painted the walls in Mumbai & Chennai taking inspiration from #VenomInMyVeins. Through this, the aim is to inspire the audience to embrace their inner self and celebrate the dark side inside them.
It’s not all that necessary to detach oneself from your imperfections to be a hero. Let’s face the fact that it’s about time we get more real and relatable saga of “save the world”. Because after all, you don’t have to be quintessential to pull off a “superhero”. You can be just like #Venom.
You can watch the World TV Premiere of Venom on 26th of May 2019 at 1 PM and 9 PM only on &flix.