A Bizarre Political Idea

Author: Sashi Reddi
Founder, Chairman & CEO, AppLabs.
In a recent survey it was reported that while India has made great progress in business and science, the one area that people continue to be disillusioned about is our political system. Many of our MPs and MLAs are lodged in jail but somehow continue to govern us and we are helpless bystanders in this nightmare.

The flip side to this depressing situation is one that always inspires awe in me. In many of our villages and towns, there are numerous energetic, patriotic, and dedicated people of all ages who are contributing their time and experience to making the lives of others better. This includes doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people, college students, housewives, and many others. They expect no gratitude and work solely for the benefit and upliftment of our fellow countrymen.

What would India be like if these zealous and patriotic people were to be in the government? What would it take to make that happen? Here is my simple (and bizarre) plan to make that happen:

* Funding: Given that money is required for an aspiring and dedicated person to enter politics, and many NRIs as well as other Indian businessmen have lots of money, a fund is formed with say Rs. 2,000 crores.

* Selection: Form a committee of people with a proven commitment to improving the political situation in India. People like Narayana Murthy and Abdul Kalam are obvious choices. This committee decides which candidates it will endorse and fund for an election. This diverse group of people in the selection committee will not be subject to normal political pressures and can make a clear decision on which people may be good for the country.

* Limited scope: There is no compulsion to fund someone in every constituency—wherever someone appropriate exists, he or she can be funded. The objective is not to form a political party—just ensure that deserving candidates get the funding and support required to succeed. This also means that the candidates can belong to different or even opposing parties. Their political leanings are not as important as their commitment to provide clean government with the people’s interest in mind.

* Publicity: A free newspaper could be launched that articulates the committee’s decisions and also provides a forum for the selected candidates to express their views. Similarly, TV debates/discussions could be funded so that all candidates can come forward to discuss their positions and what they plan to do.

In my humble opinion, the political situation is not getting better with years. It remains a corrupt system with many of the “leaders” having no interest in the betterment of India. Only a radical idea such as this will provide the impetus to change so that India can realize the dreams it was founded on.
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Posted by: mary lovely david - Monday 26th, September 2011
2: Mr Reddy,
I like your quotes...its meaningfull and implimentable...Keep it up!

Our and so many Indians thoughts are similar to your quotes and vision is similar to Mr Murthy and Mr Kalaam.....
Beleiv on your democratic day Political revolution will come bcause we Indians are thinking deeply about this....So boss,Do your job at your lavel best...i am doing same...hope one day Whole Hindustan will do the same and that day Political Systems will be same but politicians will be different and Indians and India will be same but their glory,pride,strength and prosperity will be different.

Its done deal.

Jai Deo Tiwari
System Engineer in Bangalore
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Posted by: tata tatababy os - Friday 30th, October 2009
4: Good that you made a point here Mr. Reddi.. Just wanna add something to it.. like everything else (as many feel) revolves around money - so does your article (Rs 2000 Cr). Many believe that once the money changes hands it decreases in volume and what ever is spent is expensed for a wrong cause (corruption is one) (so how many NRI's / Biz people come forward?).

There are various organizations (one I know of is a foundation from Satyam - Byrraju Foundation), that are doing great things, - Byrraju Foundation adopts a village and impacts thousands of lives positively) - now how many CEO's do such work? There is a volunteer group thats called TMAD - (To Make a Difference) - a group of working youngsters in Hyd and Blr that make significant contribution to the society - they are the true unsung heroes of our society.

If you are doing similar stuff please let us know. My point here is one doesn't need to enter POLITICS ( I hate this word btw) through funding/ regular political means. Gandhiji never entered politics - just people followed him, Narayana Murthy or Abdul Kalam need not enter politics - the masses follow them. So at the end of the day, it is a proven leader with a vision and mission that can make the difference - India needs many such Kalams and Murthys.

Having said that, I guess we would be needing stats on How many educated people (say % wise) really vote and choose their leaders? I am sure the results would be terrifyingly bad. An educated person makes a great leader / manager / organizer and never a POLITICIAN.
My logic goes this way - have only educated, honest, cultured people in the Halls of Parliament / Assemblies. Let the best be chosen. Things will follow their path.

Posted by: Pavan Kampli - Saturday 06th, September 2008
5: hello MR. REDDY GOOD ARTICLE but we can change system by making not ammendable law which every body have to follow one day i will change the whole system i promise u
Posted by: rajiv dhillon - Friday 05th, September 2008
6: Hello Mr.Reddi!

Good article on Indian Political System. But can we change the system??????
Posted by: roja reddy - Sunday 10th, August 2008
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