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Indian democracy is a joke

There is more to democracy than elections. In democracy all are equal. What happens in India is what George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm.

In India some are more equal than others. They have reservations in government educational institutions, government jobs, rural and urban bodies, Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies. Students in general category who have 92% marks do not get seats but in reserved category get seats with 45% marks. The reservations were meant for 10 years but continue after 60 years and more categories are added. People who are pampered claim they need empowerment.

When something needs to be done for equality no effort is made. Law allows Muslim men to have four wives. Champions of women’s equality have done nothing against it. Married men who are no Muslims have become Muslims to enter into second marriage without divorce.

Law does not allow Hindu men to have two or more wives at the same time. Some Hindu men have entered into second marriage without divorcing first wife. Sometimes women who marry married men and men who commit bigamy join political parties and become MPs.

Reservations are supposed to be within 50% but there are exceptions but all seats can not be reserved and in Nagaland 59 of 60 Legislative Assembly seats are reserved.

Those who lose Lok Sabha elections become ministers and get elected to Rajya Sabha.
SC panel has said Public Distribution System is corrupt.

In Rajasthan on a particular day child marriages take place. TV channels report the events. No action is taken against people responsible for child marriages and people who in authority do not prevent such marriages.

Female infanticides take place in a district in Rajasthan. To prevent it government declared Rs.1,800/- for every female born. Parents have taken the money for females born and then murdered those babies. The murderers are not punished.

In some places panchayats tell married couples that they can not live as husband and wife. Sometimes panchayats have murdered couples. No action is taken against guilty persons.
Freedom of speech and expression is curtailed not because what is said is wrong but because some people get offended and resort to violence.

Constitution is violated. Sessions are extended to next year. The Presidents have failed to defend the constitution. Article 87 lays down that the Parliament’s first session of a year had to begin with President’s address. Once Lok Sabha’s winter session was adjourned in December and not prorogued. Parliament meets for budget session in February. In this case it was extension of winter session for Lok Sabha. The President who has the duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution did nothing. Similar things happen regarding Legislative Assemblies.

As per Article 356 President’s Rule in a state has to end after one year. Once it ends a new government has to be formed. In one case President’s Rule was revoked, Legislative Assembly was constituted and again President’s Rule was imposed in a single day.

Victims do not get justice. Rarely someone who commits crimes during riots is punished. Rule of law does not prevail. When a big tree falls the earth shakes was a statement made by a prime minister.
FTV not available from 7 p.m. March 12, 2010 to 7 p.m. March 21, 2010 due to I & B Ministry prohibition order. No channel is banned for glorifying child marriage or bigamy. Adult films are banned.
No action is taken against people who call for murder or mutilation of someone.

Hijackers and abductors have their way. Criminals in prisons are released as per their demand.
Many times India is a mobocracy and quotocracy.

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Electoral Reforms

On 30/4/2009 after casting his vote Lal Krishna Advani spoke about electoral refoms. He wanted compulsory voting, fixed tenure of five years for Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies, no voting in summer and one day voting.

Compulsory voting is neither desirable nor practical. How can people vote if their names are not on electoral rolls, they are sick or out of station? If people think no candidate deserves their vote they are free not to vote.

Fixed tenure of five years for Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies is possible if we switch over to presidential system. It is good to switch over to presidential system.

Winter is a better time for voting. Voting for all Lok Sabha, Legislative Assembly, municipal and panchayat seats can be held on 4th November and counting on 7th November. If 4th or 7th November comes on Sunday voting or counting can be held on 5th or 8th November. New Lok Sabha, Legislative Assembly, municipal and panchayat bodies can be constituted effective 11th November whether it is Sunday or not.

One day voting for all constituencies is good and possible. It used to be two phase polling for Lok Sabha with three days separating two phases. In 1989 there was three phase polling with two days separating one phase from another. After that the situation changed. Number of phases and gap between phases increased. Security became an excuse. We should have tough punishement for people who disrupt poll process.

Presidential system requires elections for the posts of president, vice president, governor and lieutinent governor. The present system for election of president and vice president should be continued. For the posts of governor and lieutinent governor there should be elections. The elections should be when the terms expire or when the post falls vacant due to death or resignation or impeachment. It need not be with other elections.

To hold Legislative Assembly elections together with Lok Sabha elections terms of some Legilsative Assemblies need to be extended and of some to be curtailed.

Parliament should discuss and bring about electoral reforms.