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There's 'nasty' in dynasty politics!
Democracy means the government is for the people, by the people and of the people. But it fails to define whether a dynasty should rule a democratic nation.

In case of a monarchy, it is accepted and understood that the son or any other relative of the current ruler shall succeed him. No one ever questions the competency of the new ruler as it is accepted that the royal blood is sufficient to wear the crown.

But when we have a democracy, why should there be a dynasty rule? Some may argue in favor of it remarking that as long as people vote for a dynasty, all is well. However, I'm not convinced!

Rahul Gandhi, in September last year, during his speech at the University of California, Berkeley had made a stunning remark that 'Dynasties run India'and therefore he should not be blamed for his prime ministerial aspirationsas he represented a dynasty that has ruled the country for close to 60 years since India's independence. He gave ample examples of how dynasties were running India in various fields. Rahul Gandhi even said, quote, Abhishek Bachchan, son of veteran Bollywood actor Amithabh Bachchan is a dynast, unquote.

A moment's introspection will reveal that Rahul Gandhi said nothing wrong as our country is actually run by dynasts baring a few exceptions. The son of a successful father inherits his empire by default. In Indian philosophy, no one considers this wrong as the general belief is for the son to inherit his father's property and legacy.

For inheriting a business empire, it makes proper sense. But it is sheer nonsense when we talk about ruling a democratic country.

Today most leaders of political parties are dynasts. Rahul Gandhi from Congress, Akhilesh Yadav from SP, Tejaswi Yadav from the RJD, Stalin from DMK, Uddhav Thakrey from the Shiv Sena, HD Kumaraswamy from JD(S), CB Naidu from the TDP and Naveen Patnaik from the BJD, to name a few. A lot of current MPs and MLAs belonging to all parties are actually dynasts carrying the baton from either of their parents.

However, I have strong reservations about dynasts joining politics due to the following reasons:

  1. More often than not, a dynast might turn out as a misfit in politics as he/she has no idea about ground realities. Take the example of Rahul Gandhi whose knowledge about India and its issues is inferior to even a class X student. Akhilesh Yadav was saying the other day that black money is good for the economy. Uddhav Thackeray makes misplaced remarks on almost every issue. And the less I say about Tejashwi Yadav, the better it is. If such people get power, then only God can save the country.

  2. Dynasts promote corruption. This is a well proven concept. An incompetent dynast assuming power will heavily depend on bureaucrats which will give rise to corruption. An incompetent dynastic ruler is like a "dream come true" for the corrupt. For example, the dynastic rule of the Congress instituted corruption in India in every sphere the eradication of which seems to be a herculean task despite the best efforts of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  3. Good people do not join politics. Miffed by and knowing that a dynast is sure to win because of fame, muscle and money power, many honest and competent people do not consider politics as a career. People having self-esteem will not bow down in front of an inferior person just because he is from a dynasty. As a result criminals and corrupt dominate politics and also get a chance to loot.

  4. Dynastic rulers aim to keep people uneducated and poor. If people get educated and start earning they will understand the games that dynasts play. So any state or country ruled by a dynast will never work towards educating the people or making them economically stronger.

  5. Dynasts promote sycophants. Everyone will agree that if the government machinery becomes sycophantic towards a dynasty, then the people face dire consequences.

  6. Dynasts never think about the country. A dynast will think only about his profits and the benefits. A dynast can defame the country as Rahul Gandhi has done time and again. The current situation in Karnataka is the result of dynastic politics. Rahul Gandhi, the eternal dynast, and HDK, the less celebrated dynast, joined hands to throw the mandate of the people into the dustbin and formed a government with the primary objective of looting. You cannot expect decency and reasoning from dynasts.

  7. Dynasts in politics require no talent. The success of Abhishek Bachchan depends upon his talent only, not because of his lineage. Similarly dynasts in other fields like sports require sheer talent to succeed. But in case of politics, it is just sufficient to be a scion of a dynasty. What an irony!

I am sure there are other reasons too which I request the readers to enlighten me with through their comments.

So dynasty politics is bad. Doubters can check that there is already "nasty" in dynasty. No further proof required.

How to get rid of it?

The simple way is not to vote for dynasts. But this is easier said than done. Indian people are not so mature to understand this. Elections after elections, they are voting for a surname. What can be expected form such an electorate?

I think there has to be a law barring a person from contesting elections if either of his parents or grandparents has been an MP or an MLA. This would effectively shuts out dynasty politics for at least three generations. Only then we can think of good and competent people coming in to politics and taking the nation forward. In a country of 1.3 billion people, we have enough competent citizens to be lawmakers and therefore we can do away with dynasty politics for ever.

What do you think?

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