Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Two Point Agenda

Vasu Reddy From Chicago

The Indian elections are here and have begun for 2014. The process is drawn out for a couple of months covering the nation, and there is probably little speculation on the outcome of this election, except rhetoric from the politicians. The time leading to the first ballot has been with little new hoopla, and we have only heard the same old personal bashing, and nothing that offers a brand new agenda to deal with great Indian population and great Indian needs.

The recommended two point agenda for the new administration is quite simple and should be easy to embrace and implement.

1. No New Scams
2. No Nepotism

1. No New Scams – The great nations wealth and resources have been squandered for years and years of scams in every aspect of national management and state and local management in India. Everywhere and anything that is being built or developed, has been embroiled in scams and the new government should strictly adhere to no scam politicians and policies. This will immediately help rebuild the confidence of people in government and more so will deploy the scarce resources of the country into the needs of the country. Politicians have been investing huge amounts of money into party fund and campaigning to get elected and they need to recoup the money that has gone into electioneering, and the ones who don't get elected also have invested heavily into the elections and they also at some point will need to look to recoup their investment into politics. Now if we stop the recouping of investment into politics, that will be a start to the deployment of public resources for public welfare, rather than scams. How it can be done, what needs to be in place to stop the scams, and how the country and its electorate will manage the scam free society is for the Indian public to manage.

The public service aspect of politicians has been long forgotten in India, and once the politicians come into politics for public service and not scams, then we will probably see the resources going to public needs, rather than scams. How do we get there, and how do the public influence the politicians to really be into public service, it is a matter for changing the human nature and expectations. The love for democracy and freedom of the human spirit drive all humans, and India is the largest democracy on earth and it deserves a scam free society. While we want to be scam free, we should also be free of demands that are unreasonable on individuals competing for public office. The splashing of negative advertisements, indecent comments on others and constant bickering on what others are doing can be avoided by people, and encourage the agenda of the party and what the party can do to better manage the resources and how the party can provide services can be made more appealing. All people are willing and wanting to live in a free and democratic society, so they will have to figure the direction to a scam free society. It is their time now for electing representatives that will deliver just that.

2. No Nepotism – The root cause of most of the problems we have in politics is nepotism. It is entrenched in Indian politicians that they are entitled to positions of power because of their relatives hold or held higher positions, or elected positions. Just about every politician has a baggage to carry with family and friends constantly looking for favors. It is impossible to say no to a member of the family or a friend and if politics continue to foster nepotism, it will be impossible to be neutral in making decision that will impact the country and its citizens. India should elect individuals based on their merits and representations rather than whose family they belong to. It doesn't mean that politicians can't have relatives that are already in politics but that doesn't mean they have a birth right to getting the seat of power because of their lineage.

The 2014 general elections are here and in full force, and India is 100% sure to have a new PM as the current PM has elected to retire. It is also certain a number of new politicians will be elected to represent the great nation and its people. It is time to be scam free and nepotism free, and make people the first and foremost priority.

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