The Current Political System in India

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1,249 Words Short Essay on the Present Condition of Political System Voting at the elections is not a fundamental right for Indians. If you more than 18 years of age no one can stop you from voting as a citizen of India. In fact, voting is a way of avowing your Indian identity. You can be a voter as well as an eventual diplomat of the voters at the same time. This dual voter- voted to power entity of the Indian citizen is full of obtrusive and degenerative propensity and inconsistency. One needs to be an active politician to contest election. In recent years, politicians and elected representatives have been acting in ways that are at conflict with and volatile of the rights of citizens. The politician is mistreating his discretionary position and power for his personal profit. This brazen hunt of power and riches at the public's cost is converse to the aims and goals of democratic polity. The main duty of elected representative is to serve the people and to solve the problems of the citizens in legal way. People elected to state legislatures. Parliament enjoys massive blow over administration, government departments, development projects, foreign relations and other affairs of the state. But when an elected representative of the people begins to promote his own self-interest, the people and the country suffer losses and delay. Development of the country and society gets unobserved. When lawmakers become law-breakers, then who will stop the crime? Indian politics is contaminated with criminals and their minder, irrespective their political relationship. Independent legislators and Member of Parliament are also partners in cheating and swindle the ordinary citizen and the nation at large. In the earlier context, it has become important that the voter knows some vital facts about the politician who wishes to contest an election and seek citizen's vote. The Election Commission thought it only fit and fair that the contesting candidate file an affirmation giving information about his income, wealth and personal conduct in relation to the law. The candidate who is contesting therefore, required filing an affirmation clearly stating if he had ever been found guilty or has any criminal cases pending against him or if he had outstanding dues of public utilities against him. But this requirement got much thinned as a result of members of parliament passing legislation according to which only odious misdeed would be required to be filed before the Election Commission. Filing of even such affirmation would easily escape public attention because these confirmations will be with the Election Office who may choose not to reveal their contents to a voter seeking such information. Voter will also be required to spend much time and money to gather such items of information from the Election Commission. The Supreme Court's involvement, therefore, came as more than a relief. In the Democratic Reforms Case-II the Court refurbishes the voter's right to know and smack down Parliament's power to deny information on candidates standing for elections. The Politician, thus, was defeated in the Supreme Court against the Voter. But this defeat is more symbolic, less real. The battle against criminal politicians and criminalization of politics has hardly begun. Criminals have been entering politics in increasing numbers. Vohra Committee established nexus between the criminal and government at all levels, from the highest to the lowest. Politician is the most powerful link in this chain of criminality. According to a survey, there were 40 Members of Parliament and 700 MLA's who had serious criminal cases pending against them. The Constitution Review Commission and the Law Commission suggested barring politicians with record of charge sheets against them from contesting election. The Supreme Court can only interpret laws or cancel wrong laws that go contrary to the Constitution; it cannot pass new laws. Muscle and money power are the most dominant...
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