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Sai Rajeshwari Gourishetty

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Are we too harsh on our politicians or leaders?

We expect cent percent righteous behavior of our politicians, every unsuccessful action of theirs in highlighted and if any decision of theirs backfires, we do not expect or encourage them to make it right. With elections nearing, they are left with justifying their wrongdoings (since accepting their mistakes wont help them get votes).
Can we encourage a model where leaders who have failed in some decisions or policies (which they have not done intentionally, and can be repaired) get a chance, can we change our outlook and not forget their bigger and very helpful contributions?


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    Dec 10 2013: Electoral democracies are support systems. Support dynamics work on numbers, not righteousness. Rather what most voters seek IS right. So it is immaterial if a leader or politician is doing something beneficial for the voters in the long run, but it is very important if s/he is doing for what the mandate was given.
    It is necessary for the electorate to be very reasoned in their approaches of dealing with their representatives. First, a leader/politician is expected to set policies whose consequences may be felt many more years than the politician's term on office. All policies should therefore be debated carefully. Second, it should be clear where the electorate (or check and balance mechanisms like Judiciary, Central Vigilance Commission etc.) draws the line between an honest mistake and a mistake with criminal intent, or else no leader will dare to take bold yet prudent decisions.
    To encourage a model as suggested by you, Education and Awareness of Constitutional rights amongst the voters will be a must, or else governance will be diluted in cheap populist decisions. So it appears that the buck doesn't stop with the leaders rather it comes back to the followers.
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      Dec 10 2013: True, the buck shouldn't stop with the leaders.
      Thanks for bringing in a lot of clarity into the picture!
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      Dec 10 2013: Yep, technically we have the power... the power to choose freely. Between what? We're mostly choosing between Scylla and Charybdis...

      (in Sweden we have the saying choosing between plague and cholera)

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