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adesh saxena

Consultant ENT Surgeon, Indian Medical Association

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Indian democracy: success or failure? Failure in concept or in application? Alternatives?

poor people in my country have no voice, no rights........our democratic country is run by few powerful and corrupt elected politicians......a worst joke is being played here in the name of democracy.
It is not the failure of democracy as a philosophy but its application.

In today's world there appears to be no better system than democracy . But we need a system which canot be exploited by a few .powerful and corrupt people. A system which has inbuilt strength and character which can withstand manipulation by few.

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  • Jun 24 2013: It seems to me, Adesh, that democracy is a deceptive, unruly creature, wherever it is in the world...
    http://beforeitsnews.com/middle-east/2013/06/2013-show-the-west-fake-democracy-a-farce-2452086.html

    I agree, the system needs to become foolproof. In my opinion, it lacks integrity, and as long as so much fear exists in people, it will continue to.
    Those with power (i.e. money) can buy themselves into any position, it seems. As long as money rules as the ultimate reflection of power, democracy will remain shaky.
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      Jun 26 2013: Those with power (i.e. money) can buy themselves into any position, it seems. As long as money rules as the ultimate reflection of power, democracy will remain shaky.

      That seems to be the fundamental problem, people with money or muscle power or both occupy our parliament.
      Those who are elected and are not powerful become corrupt and powerful in due course of time.

      Any solution ? Democracy needs to nurtured, Alas, it does not happen here.
      • Jun 27 2013: When I read your comment, and then your question, "Any solution?", the very fist thing that popped into my mind was nurturing parents. Perhaps a good democracy needs to work like a stable family unit, with leaders as tight as a respectful parental unit, representing two complementing perspectives, instead of two opposing and constantly in struggle with each other.
        I don't necessarily mean per say a female and a male leader partnership, but I do wonder if more females in leadership roles may alter the system...
        What do you think?
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      Jun 27 2013: Can we avoid powerful people being elected in a demacracy ?

      Through their wives they rule but its a good proposition to have more females.

      I may be wrong but i feel women tend to be less corrupt,and in their decision making the heart rules. Men are easily corruptible and here the brain rules.

      Lizanne what do you think?
      • Jun 27 2013: I am sure there are women who are susceptible to power, like any human. You're right, it's about the power belonging to corporations and businesses and powerful individuals, instead of to the people,where it belongs...

        I think most women have a natural ability to nurture, but not all. Women who are strong in business and powerful leaders are probably less likely to be the mothering types, and vice versa... I really don't know. Did find an article on gender and corruption, which sheds some ight n the subject:
        http://corruptionresearchnetwork.org/resources/frontpage-articles/gender-and-corruption

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