“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” - Mark Twain
“Democracy is, for the people, of the people, by the people.” - Abraham Lincoln
“India is a sovereign, socialist, secular and a democratic republic,” proclaims the preamble of the constitution.
Every elected representative has significant meaning when it comes to the framing of law. The words of elected representatives are the voice of thousands of people and the works of elected representatives are the choice of thousands of people.
So, it would be apt to conclude that every elected member to the Centre or State, merely doesn’t fill a vacant seat of the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Parliament) or Vidhan Sabha (Lower House of State Legislature), but represents the trust of voters in him or her.
As 2019 elections are approaching, it is important to note that every elected member has the responsibility of taking the nation to the path of glory and weaving the destiny of its citizens.
The elected member should be able to raise his voice for his constituency and belittle all sort of political pressure from the so-called big leaders. The elected member should also keep in mind the faith that has been entrusted upon them and live up it no matter what.
Is every elected representative in India able to raise his or her concern effectively?
This is a grave question. And while finding an answer to this, I am convinced that the MLAs or MPs in India are used as mere numbers, by political parties to be in power.
In the year 2017, the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) underwent Vidhan Sabha elections. After 2017 State elections, Narendra Modi led B.J.P won with the whopping majority of 324 seats and Yogi Aditya Nath was chosen as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
However, the Chief of UP Wing of B.J.P was Keshav Prasad Maurya, and the entire credit of BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 elections goes to him. Wasn’t he the deserving candidate to be the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?
A man who did a lot of work in the state and brought BJP to power was replaced by an unexpected man, who didn’t even campaign for the elections. The unknown and undeserving man is enjoying the perks of power, while Keshav Prasad Maurya is nowhere to be seen in the picture.
I wonder, if 324 elected members of BJP were having a conscience, they must have denied the imposed leadership of an extremist saint on them.
But it seems like the elected candidates aren’t able to choose their leader. Contrary to this, they follow the orders of the extremist saint to be party premi!!
How democratic is democratic India?
Mark Twain understood it years before. Mark Twain said, “If voting could make any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it”. He knew that those who want to be in power will be in power, either directly or indirectly.
This principle of Mark Twain runs across all parties, especially Congress and BJP. The problem arises because members get votes based on party name, and not on their mettle. After all, most of the lawmakers are violators of the law.
I have more points in support of this statement. In 2014 general elections, BJP fetched 273 seats. If each and every elected member was chosen based on his or her popularity in their respective constituency, our PM Narendra Modi must be humbler than arrogant.
The Congress party has proclaimed Rahul as their leader. But whether workers or other senior leaders have chosen him or not remains a mystery.
Similarly, in 2012, the chosen Chief Minister of U.P was “Akhilesh Yadav” and his eligibility to be the CM was “being the son of ex-C.M Mulayam Singh”.
Are we able to seriously understand the most hilarious joke, ‘democracy in India’?
All democratic principles are twisted in India to conquer power. The party-leadership is a false notion because an intellectual won’t agree to the same person throughout his life. In most of the parties, we don’t get to see this intellectual level.
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejaswini Yadav, Yogi Aditya Nath, and Vasundhara Raje have made democracy in India a joke. They are not real leaders, because they are leaders made by media or imposed on their respective parties.
But why their leadership is accepted is a question worth asking. They won the elections because of marketing, and not because of work was done by them in their constituency.
Do you get the simple Marketing Gimmick brings politicians to leadership in India?
Come on, don’t stop reading after this. Today’s leaders are formed only by marketing gimmicks. If we want some good thing to happen in 2019 general elections, there must be latent and deep pressure on each elected member.
There should be a way, which pushes elected representatives to quit being quiet when an undeserving candidate is imposed upon them as their leader and to forbid always speaking in favor of their own party, irrespective of how barbaric incidence takes place in their regime.
The paucity of good leaders isn’t a problem. Leaders like Narendra Modi, Mamta Banerjee, Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal, Naveen Patnaik, Shashi Tharoor, Subramanium Swamy, Lalu Prasad Yadav, are the ones who are connected with masses.
These political leaders have the guts to speak against their party when it compromises with the party ideas and also to defend their party when it falls in some trap.
Until or unless the Indian voters stop voting for a party, instead of the candidate contesting the election, the problem of “IMPOSED LEADERSHIP” will flourish in India.
Do you think that India is really democratic? I am eager to know your views.