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Maybe a Presidential form of goverment may not work in
India, but that still doesnt change the fact the the
parliamentary system has many flaws
One of the main reason , why people feel powerless in
India, is that they have no control in the selection
of candidates put up by the party .
For eg. If the Congress/BJP has a canditate who the
people feel is qualified , but the party nominates
some else ( maybe with a criminal background ) , what
can the common man do about it ? One of the major
reason why people refain from voting, is that all the
candidates , irrespective of the party , have dubious
backrounds/track record  and so people think voting is
a exercise in futility.

Shouldnt the common people has a say in party
nominations ?



--- prabhu.guptara@ubs.com wrote:
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> A Presidential form of government was examined by
> the founding fathers of the 
> Constitution and rejected as being unsuitable for
> India, as anyone who has
> done 
> even the most elementary course in Political Science
> will know.
> 
> A Presidential form of government will effectively
> prepare the way for a 
> dictatorship and dismantle the elements which have
> preserved democracy in
> India 
> (the only one of the former British, French,
> Spanish, Italian or Portuguese 
> Two-Thirds World colonies in which democracy has
> lasted this long).
> 
> A Presidential form of government will no doubt be
> extremely convenient for 
> whichever party happens to be in power, as it makes
> it easier to do
> whatever the
> party wants without bothering too much about parties
> or people who disagree
> with
> any proposed action(s).
> 
> But a Presidential form of government will do
> nothing to tackle the real 
> problems of India, such as we have been debating at
> IPI.
> 
> At best Presidentialism is an irrelevance to the
> real issues plaguing the 
> country.  At worst it will lead to the demise of
> whatever little democracy we 
> have left in India.
> 
> I urge IPI to take a stand against irrelevancies
> such as this and use the 
> formation of the Constitutional Review Committee to
> focus the debate on the
> key 
> issues facing the country.
> 
> Prabhu Guptara
> 
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> _________________________________
> Subject: Constitution Review Committee
> Author:  sanand (sanand@writemail.com) at unix,mime
> Date:    22.01.2000 20:09
> 
> 
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> 
> Please read the following article. I think this is
> excellent news.
>      
> Government plans to set up Constitution review
> committee on Republic Day 

> Law Minister Ram Jethmalani said that though the
> founding fathers of the 
> Constitution must be lauded for giving India one of
> the finest principal 
> laws, certain gaps need to be filled.
>      
> http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/20akd.htm
>      
> In my view, this is excellent news.
>      
> I do hope the Committee will invite comments from
> all interested parties. I 
> hope IPI will play a major role.
> What  would like to see is Presidential form of
> Government emerging from 
> this review. I hope IPI can have a discussion on
> this issue.
>      
> Full article reproduced below.
>      
> suresh
>      
> Government plans to set up Constitution review
> committee on Republic Day
>      
>      
> Amberish K Diwanji in Delhi
>      
> The National Democratic Alliance government is all
> set to draft a panel to 
> review the Constitution, a move that has not been
> welcomed by the other 
> political parties. It is believed the government
> will announce the names of 
> the panel members on January 26, the 50th
> anniversary of the Indian Republic. 
> Speaking at a seminar yesterday, Law Minister Ram
> Jethmalani said though 
> the founding fathers of the Constitution must be
> lauded for giving India 
> one of the finest principal laws to guide the
> nation, the fact was that 
> there were certain gaps that needed to be filled.
> Jethmalani said though the basic structure of the
> Constitution had remained 
> intact, there was scope for further review and hence
> the government would 
> appoint a committee to review the Constitution.
> However, the government is not defining any period
> for setting up the 
> Committee.
> "No such committee has been announced as yet and the
> picture is still not 
> clear," Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun
> Jaitley told rediff.com 
> He added that there was no specific timeframe yet on
> setting up the
> committee. 
> The I&B minister refused to divulge names that were
> being considered as 
> members of the panel.
> However, reports indicate that the government will,
> in all likelihood, ask 
> former President Ramaswamy Venkataraman to head the
> committee. The former 
> President refused to confirm or deny whether he had
> been approached in this 
> matter.
> Venkataraman also served the nation as Union finance
> and defence minister 
> and though he was a Congressman before becoming
> President, of late he has 
> been seen as moving away from the Congress party.
> Venkataraman, who was one 
> of the trustees of the Indira Gandhi National Centre
> for Arts, recently 
> resigned his post. The IGNCA, headed by Sonia
> Gandhi, is in the midst of a 
> legal battle against the government that is
> objecting to certain changes 
> made in the governing clauses.
> Appointing Venkataraman will be seen as being above
> partisan politics since 
> he has or had little links to the Bharatiya Janata
> Party or the Rashtriya 
> Swayamsevak Sangh. As a former President, his
> stature is above mere 
> politics, and as a former Congressman the BJP can
> hardly be accused of 
> promoting its agenda.

> But the hurdle ahead is the disagreement of the
> other political parties. 
> The Congress, the Communists, the Socialists and the
> Dalit parties are 
> strongly opposed to any review of the Constitution.
> The Congress, Communists and Socialists fear that
> the BJP wants to review 
> the Constitution to promote its agenda. The Dalit
> parties are opposed to 
> the review, interpreting any review as an insult to
> Dr B R Ambedkar, the 
> chief architect of the Constitution who is revered
> by the Dalits of India 
> as their greatest leader.
> These parties have declared their intention of
> opposing any panel set up to 
> review the Constitution.
> "A Constitution review committee does not make
> sense," Congress spokesman 
> and constitutional lawyer Kapil Sibal told
> rediff.com
> Sibal also challenged the notion that the
> Constitution could be reviewed by 
> a mere panel or committee, no matter howsoever
> qualified. "Reviewing the 
> Constitution by just a committee is most
> inappropriate. It can only be done 
> through a consensus of all political parties and
> through a much larger body 
> representing more people," he stated.
> He claimed the BJP's motive in seeking to review the
> Constitution was 
> simply to perpetuate itself in power and to bring
> forth its "hidden agenda." 
> Asked if a Constitution review needed a constituent
> assembly rather than a 
> review panel, Sibal replied, "I won't say
> specifically a constituent 
> assembly, but it needs a body that the people of
> India can have faith in. 
> The present set up of a few people manning it is not
> acceptable," he added. 
> Thus, given the opposition from the other political
> parties, both to the 
> idea of a review and also to the kind of panel being
> set up, the government 
> will have to tread cautiously, even as it prepares
> to announce the panel to 
> coincide with Republic Day.
>      
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> Suresh Anand
> Chief, Shipping Policy (Nautical)
> Hong Kong Government
> Marine Department
> Harbour Building 21/F
> 38 Pier Road, Central
> Hong Kong
>      
> Tel No. 852-2852 4603
> Fax      852-2542 4841
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> <html>
> Please read the following article. I think this is
> excellent news.<br> 
> <br>
> <font size=3>Government plans to set up Constitution
> review committee on 
> Republic Day<br>
> Law Minister Ram Jethmalani said that though the
> founding fathers of the 
> <br>
> Constitution must be lauded for giving India one of
> the finest principal 
> <br>
> laws, certain gaps need to be filled. <br> 
> </font><font size=3 color="#0000FF"><u><a 
> href="http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/20akd.htm"
>
eudora="autourl">http://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/20akd.htm

> 
> <br>
> <br>
> <br>
> </a></font></u>In my view, this is excellent
> news.<br> 
> <br>
> I do hope the Committee will invite comments from
> all interested parties. 
> I hope IPI will play a major role.<br>
> What&nbsp; would like to see is Presidential form of
> Government emerging 

> from this review. I hope IPI can have a discussion
> on this issue.<br> 
> <br>
> Full article reproduced below.<br>
> <br>
> suresh<br>
> <br>
> <font size=4><b>Government plans to set up
> Constitution review committee 
> on Republic Day<br>
> <br>
> </font></b></b><br>
> <br>
> </b><font size=3><i>Amberish K Diwanji</i> in Delhi
> <br>
> The National Democratic Alliance government is all
> set to draft a panel 
> to review the Constitution, a move that has not been
> welcomed by the 
> other political parties. It is believed the
> government will announce the 
> names of the panel members on January 26, the 50th
> anniversary of the 
> Indian Republic. <br>
> Speaking at a seminar yesterday, Law Minister Ram
> Jethmalani said though 
> the founding fathers of the Constitution must be
> lauded for giving India 
> one of the finest principal laws to guide the
> nation, the fact was that 
> there were certain gaps that needed to be filled.
> <br>
> Jethmalani said though the basic structure of the
> Constitution had 
> remained intact, there was scope for further review
> and hence the 
> government would appoint a committee to review the
> Constitution. <br> 
> However, the government is not defining any period
> for setting up the 
> Committee. <br>
> &quot;No such committee has been announced as yet
> and the picture is 
> still not clear,&quot; Information and Broadcasting
> Minister Arun Jaitley 
> told <i>rediff.com</i> He added that there was no
> specific timeframe yet 
> on setting up the committee. <br>
> The I&amp;B minister refused to divulge names that
> were being considered 
> as members of the panel. <br>
> However, reports indicate that the government will,
> in all likelihood, 
> ask former President Ramaswamy Venkataraman to head
> the committee. The 
> former President refused to confirm or deny whether
> he had been 
> approached in this matter. <br>
> Venkataraman also served the nation as Union finance
> and defence minister 
> and though he was a Congressman before becoming
> President, of late he has 
> been seen as moving away from the Congress party.
> Venkataraman, who was 
> one of the trustees of the Indira Gandhi National
> Centre for Arts, 
> recently resigned his post. The IGNCA, headed by
> Sonia Gandhi, is in the 
> midst of a legal battle against the government that
> is objecting to 
> certain changes made in the governing clauses. <br>
> Appointing Venkataraman will be seen as being above
> partisan politics 
> since he has or had little links to the Bharatiya
> Janata Party or the 
> Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. As a former President,
> his stature is above 
> mere politics, and as a former Congressman the BJP
> can hardly be accused 
> of promoting its agenda. <br>
> But the hurdle ahead is the disagreement of the
> other political parties. 
> The Congress, the Communists, the Socialists and the
> Dalit parties are 
> strongly opposed to any review of the Constitution.
> <br>
> The Congress, Communists and Socialists fear that
> the BJP wants to review 
> the Constitution to promote its agenda. The Dalit
> parties are opposed to 

> the review, interpreting any review as an insult to
> Dr B R Ambedkar, the 
> chief architect of the Constitution who is revered
> by the Dalits of India 
> as their greatest leader. <br>
> These parties have declared their intention of
> opposing any panel set up 
> to review the Constitution. <br>
> &quot;A Constitution review committee does not make
> sense,&quot; Congress 
> spokesman and constitutional lawyer Kapil Sibal told
> <i>rediff.com</i> 
> <br>
> Sibal also challenged the notion that the
> Constitution could be reviewed 
> by a mere panel or committee, no matter howsoever
> qualified. 
> &quot;Reviewing the Constitution by just a committee
> is most 
> inappropriate. It can only be done through a
> consensus of all political 
> parties and through a much larger body representing
> more people,&quot; he 
> stated. <br>
> He claimed the BJP's motive in seeking to review the
> Constitution was 
> simply to perpetuate itself in power and to bring
> forth its &quot;hidden 
> agenda.&quot; <br>
> Asked if a Constitution review needed a constituent
> assembly rather than 
> a review panel, Sibal replied, &quot;I won't say
> specifically a 
> constituent assembly, but it needs a body that the
> people of India can 
> have faith in. The present set up of a few people
> manning it is not 
> acceptable,&quot; he added. <br>
> Thus, given the opposition from the other political
> parties, both to the 
> idea of a review and also to the kind of panel being
> set up, the 
> government will have to tread cautiously, even as it
> prepares to announce 
> the panel to coincide with Republic Day. <br>
> </font><br>
> <div>=======================</div>
> <div>Suresh Anand</div>
> <div>Chief, Shipping Policy (Nautical)</div> 
> <div>Hong Kong Government</div>
> <div>Marine Department</div>
> <div>Harbour Building 21/F</div>
> <div>38 Pier Road, Central</div>
> <div>Hong Kong</div>
> <br>
> <div>Tel No. 852-2852 4603</div>
> <div>Fax&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 852-2542
> 4841</div> 
> =======================
> </html>
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