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Arthanari Chandrasekaran

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Are we qualified enough to select our our own president, or prime minister or chief minister?

Selecting a president or chief minister is a extremely high priority, critical activity. Why are we common people, involved in this activity. In what capacity to you think we are intelligent enough to decide who can be our president who actually has to decide the growth of our entire nation. Isn't any human too innocent to make these complicated decisions. Only a president will have the accumulated wisdom to identify a person who is skilled enough to play his role.

I suggest a board of responsible, visionary community to the max of 100 people can get the inputs from the people and consider it as one of the parameter along with 1000 other parameters to decide the person who is going to run the nation for the next term.

Another possibility could be if the citizens have to decide who their leader has to be, then the election, when it should happen should also be decided by the people.

In what way do you think a individual/ citizen is qualified enough to identify a person who is fully equipped with the knowledge and wisdom to take the nation forward and find solution for all the problems the nation faces.

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    Aug 5 2012: Isn't your model exactly what a representative democracy is supposed to be, as in the UK and in Germany? I'm saying "supposed to be", because the elected members of the parliament don't necessarily represent the opinions of all the people when it comes to selecting ministers and chancellors. I am tired of voting for a *political party* that has a political program which more or less (and rather less nowadays) corresponds with my personal ideas and beliefs. Instead, I would love to vote for the ministers directly and, so to say, tell them who they have to work together with, instead of letting the political party make those decisions for me.

    Would it be better to have regular citizens vote who don't know much about politics, or to have parties fight it out amongst themselves once we vote for them? I don't know. But I think more people would be interested in politics if we had the impression of truly being able to change things with our votes.

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