1. What I said just now. There should be a screening process for voters to ensure that those who understand the process do it. If you need a license to drive in this country, why not one for those who want to vote? If children and youth below 18 years cannot vote due to their immaturity, what about those who still remain immature even after crossing that age? If the candidature could be challenged for unlawful behavior by the candidate, why not the voting rights for selecting unlawful candidates (corruption is unlawful)? Every time I blame the politicians for something, one or the other middle class face shouts at me saying it’s not their problem and it’s ours, the voters. If I have to stop getting irritated with that intelligent answer, this is the only way out, I guess.
2. The current model was designed almost with the same intentions of what we have today, but they have failed. It doesn’t want us to elect the top most leaders as we don’t have any close contact with them. Instead, if we choose someone whom we know (i.e. our legislators and parliamentarians), they would in turn choose the best person to rule us. Good thought, but it has failed. Why? More often than not, they themselves do not know why they are choosing someone or it is not in their control also. On the hand, their life goes on at the mercy of the top boss. This allows these guys to waste a lot of time in working behind the scene against the boss in exchange of huge looted money paid to them. I mean, the horse trading! If that has to stop, it is better the electorate elects its leader so that there would be stability at least. With too much of coalition games in recent past, it makes all the more sense to have stable government. The biggest risk here is that it would shut the doors for people like Dr. Singh. But, it would also do that for comic leaders from parties with little more than single digit seats.
3. The same thing needs to be done in local body elections as well. The recent changes in local administration give abnormal room for horse trading. It seems it has brought in a lot of good things, but in the process it has also got some big loopholes. All chairmen (union, district, municipal, etc.) are elected by the elected members unlike earlier when our parents used to vote to elect them directly. This makes the whole process a joke. Every member gets a lifetime amount to change side. They are literally taken into custody by the contestants for a week or so. In those few days, they are secretly taken to nearby resorts, hill stations, estates and what not (like the kittened cat shifting its place to ensure the safety of its kittens) to ensure they don’t get sold out. I have personally seen a guy become filthy rich after being selected as a member for union council (mind it, just a councilor). If all these have to stop, this overhaul is required.