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September - 2007 - issue > Cover Feature

A bizarre political idea

Sashi Reddi
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sashi Reddi
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.

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