The Press Council Chief Justice Markendey Katju made yet other blunt statement in a TV panel-discussion on August 1 by terming 90 percent of Indian people as fools because of their casting vote on the basis of cast rather than on merit. He also termed Team Anna as blackmailers and irrelevant.
THOUGH ALL other panellists were left stunned by such blunt remarks for which he refused to apologise, yet a deep analysis of remarks made by a former Supreme Court judge could reveal that India is presently facing the worst aspects of the democratic system of governance where quantity has overruled quality.
We need an ideal qualitative system of democracy for which wide-ranging poll reforms are a basic necessity so that only talented and good people enter the legislature rather than the present type of professional politicians who run politics as their private business shops by re-defining democracy as ‘system for the politicians, by the politicians and of the politicians’. Demanding Lokpal first, sidelining poll reforms is like watering leaves rather than roots.
Failure of any anti-graft movement will be against public interest. The present stalemate between the government and Team Anna is an outcome of faults on both sides. It is time that a group of intellectuals and right-thinkers rise to the occasion to intervene by ensuring new general elections only on the basis of effective poll reforms. Only a Parliament emerging out of such elections can pass an effective anti-graft mechanism, which may ultimately be of least use as only talented and good people would become decision-makers for the world’s largest democracy.
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