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CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Are we ever allowed to elect real talent? 15 June, 2014
Trends do vary with time. Really? We have read about the kings passing over their reign to the descendants. India expected much from the constitution that allows any Indian citizen to be a part of the parliament/ legislative assembly; however for decades, the country is being taken care of by the same families although with distinct participants.

We have witnessed instances of a former Chief Minister of Bihar handing over the administration of the state to his spouse; sons and daughters being passed over the representation in the Parliament; political groups led by particular families; and above all, the elevated curses of price rises and unemployment.

Are we ever allowed to elect real talent? What does democracy in real sense mean? The expression ‘of the people, for the people, and by the people’ has ‘of the people’ a bit tensed and misplaced in India. The word ‘people’ in this context means the general public, which has not inherited power/ politics and is rather the most capable to run the administration.

Indian MPs and MLAs are though elected through the ballot system; we could rarely find candidates with nil political background coming up with any equations. This means that corporates shall never employ raw candidates, and the task of policy making shall lie only with the descendants of the CEO, CFO, or the Chairman. A change has been sensed. The general polls of 2014 did make a few transformations with prominent descendants including Farooq Abdullah, Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, and Jitin Prasada losing their seats, which however can be related with the wave of Mr. Narendra Modi wherein the Indians did not vote for any party/ leader, however, voted for change.

SP’s only five seats won by the family members prove that even how strictly we decide to change; India would not stop welcoming the kings and their descendants. Are we so deficit with respect to aptitude and talent? And if no, then why the policy makers aren’t chosen by merit in India? I read somewhere that two-third of our recently elected MPs, aged below forty-five have their near ones in the arena of politics.

And when we talk about the Indian National Congress, a political group that played a key role in India’s liberation, almost every young MP has inherited the position from either of the parents. The trends are almost similar with the YSR Congress, Samajwadi Party, TDP, and most of the other political groups. Though real talent be awarded, excess is alarming. And it is evident that unjustifiable trend of dynasty politics has not delivered any paybacks. Post decades of democratic set up, Indians scuffle for basic necessities.

We can expect some workable solutions from the PMO, which has clearly indicated strict end to family favors in government departments/ ministries. With a Prime Minister who attained success by placing a step over every single level of the ladder, India can expect trends to vary now. Much also depends upon the voters, and even the political leaders who have no aspirations above the prosperity of the family.

I suggest that the constitution of all political groups must be altered to add a clause with inclusion of new members on the basis of merit and aptitude. For how long would the Indian talent stay out of the most vital administrative role?

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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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