Saturday, 18 May 2013

Argument: Electing Modi as PM won’t bring the much needed systemic changes that Aam Aadmi seeks

Electoral System

All sensible people understand that Electoral system is the source of bad governance and corruption. Every candidate necessarily has to spend crores of black money for getting elected. For that, they need to gather illegal funds. These funds have to collected by compulsorily indulging in corruption and hands-in-glove relationship with all arms of the government like bureaucracy, judiciary, media and other groups with vested interests like contractors, industrialists and hoarders, etc. So, it is virtually impossible to be completely honest and survive in politics with the present electoral system. To gather votes, criminals are nurtured and caste and religion based politics is indulged in. This electoral system needs to change.

Have you seen Modi talk or behave differently? Doesn’t he put forward candidates based on caste and religion? Don’t BJP candidates in Gujarat spend black money in large quantities? Did Modi not use thugs and criminals during the elections? Hasn’t a known goon called Vitthal Radadiya taken in the party recently. So, how can we expect anything even slightly different from him?

Decentralization

Today, once someone gets elected, he forgets his voters and takes all guidance and orders from his party and its high command. Fortunately, BJP has lesser high command culture than Congress. We believe that a bottom-up process is much better in a country of the size of 121 crore people. Gandhiji used to talk about giving power to the people, which we believe in. Decisions should be taken at the lowest level. Decisions about village should be taken at gram sabha level, about local urban levels at mohalla level, about talukas at their level etc. This is our concept of Swaraj or decentralized governance. Modi and 5 of his senior ministers have centralized all power with themselves. Most of the decisions go right up. Can we think of a Gandhi-like decentralized people oriented democracy under Modi?

Lokpal

A strong anti-corruption law is necessary at the National and state level to apprehend and punish corrupt people called Lokpal with provisions that would deter corrupt practices. Gujarat was forced to appoint a Lokayukta by the SC. And the Gujarat Lokayukta is a complete farce, with all controls vested with the government. Can we expect Modi to make strong anti-corruption laws if he becomes PM? Absolutely no chance.

Humility and decency

We believe that some of the qualities of a leader should be decisiveness coupled with humility, decency and good human values. Gujarat spends 550 crores a year on branding Modi with 3 change of clothes-a-day and different poses. An arrogance, vengefulness and running-away-from-uncomfortable debates has characterised his behaviour. While he might be decisive, so was Indira Gandhi. And, we know what a disaster that was for the nation.

Status Quo

Status quo in which 40 crore Indians sleep hungry is not acceptable. We need a “total revolution” with systemic changes with judicial, governance, administrative and political reforms. Modi is more-of-the-same. Gujarat is growing, though slower than before. The same systems, the same opaqueness, the same arrogance of the ruler is what is indicated. My case is that if we want the same system, the same governance model that has messed up this nation, then one can choose between Congress and BJP and Modi could be your choice.

I want the India of my dreams. I do not wish to choose the lesser evil. I do not want evil, ruling me.

Written by Akshay Marathe >>

I am deeply passionate about India’s politics. It is my dream to transform my country, India, from one of the world’s most corrupt, poor & divided societies into a society that would symbolize transparency & equality in all spheres.

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