Monday, May 04, 2009

Cost Of Democracy

Election season is on in India. Lok Sabha has 543 seats and around 7,000 candidates. The average spending per person (officially is around 15-20 Lakh) comes to one crore (citation needed). This means 7,000 crore is spent by the candidates themselves. On top of that there is expenditure of 1,120 crore budgeted for election expenses.
All this money is being spent.. To what end? Why???
My question is.. Do we need this political tamasha? Where a fading actor promises to hugs a dalit woman and is dragged to courts on grounds of obscenity? Don't we have enough entertainment from daily life that we need this horribly expensive tamasha?
Is democracy needed? As it is your vote doesn't make a difference. Whoever wins, the politicians get richer by the day, and the poor people poorer. At times like this i think either we should have a dictatorial government or voting should be allowed only to educated people (say 10th pass or something) so that they understand their responsibility. As Ben Parker said, "With great power comes great responsibility". We have the great power to elect our representative but no sense of responsibility. God Save us all!

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  1. If wat u say is true (Other than "As it is your vote doesn't make a difference. Whoever wins, the politicians get richer by the day, and the poor people poorer.." i fairly disagree with that but dats a different debate) then you should be happy with the fact that atleast sum amount of money get recirculated... especially at the bottom of the pyramid. Not to mention the kind of work hours created by this "political tamasha".. It serves as a shot to the economy rite from media to liquor retailers... every1 gets a slice of the cake. Think bout it.

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  2. who owns liquor shops?

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  3. dude.. votes don't matter..?!! Bad politicians are chosen by good citizens who don't vote!

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