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Re: Performance based Politics

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
Hi Krishnan,
> Political leaders maintain their party with a combination of wealth,
> cohersion and violence. They will select those who are "loyal" at the time
> of giving tickets, and continue to enjoy "loyalty" because they allow the
> MLA's to earn money by whatever means possible.
I do not agree with this statement at all. Just think about it once again.
The basis requirement of getting power is to get elected. How does one get
elected? Obviously you have to win the election. And guess what, who votes
in an election? The politicians, ofcourse! Just kidding.
Why don't we ordinary people in India take some responsibility of what is
happening. The way people complain about politicans, it looks like,
politicians are sent by the God from above. One thing I don't understand is
this, if we are so pissed about these politicians, then why we elect them in
the first place.
You want to know the real reason! Here it is! We elect politicians because
they promise us something. We sell our votes to the highest bidder. In other
words we trade our votes. It is really good bargain for us. We receive right
to vote just because we are born in this country (or someother way become
citizen of this country) and do a great favour to others by reaching 18
years of age!!! The vote is free for us. Then what do we do! We look at
different political parties and candidates. Then we look at their promises.
And then we vote based on what we think as the best person who will take
care of our interests. For example, farmers vote those candidates who
promise them free electricity and no income tax. Government employees vote
those who promise them to maintain their Govt. jobs. Trade union members
vote those who promise them strong labour policies and job protection. Never
mind lot of sick Govt. and private mills are wasting crores of tax payers
money. They don't care. I am just giving above as few examples. Almost
everybody makes voting decisions based on their self-interests. People look
to Govt. as a wealth-transferring machine. Those who are politically active
(including ordinary people) and form a vote bank can trade their votes for
transfering wealth from other members of the society to them using the Govt.
It is as simple as that.
Politicians realize this. They take their cut from the system. That's the
bottom line.
If you don't know what I mean try this scenario. Imagine somebody introduces
a bill in parliament for privatizing a loss making govt. enterprise in say
city XYZ. All city corporators and politicians of that city and probably of
that state will oppose it irrespective of which party they belong. Why? They
have support of their constituency. Since, it is a loss making enterprise,
that means there is a shortfall between the income and expenditure. Guess
who funds the loss!!!. Ofcourse,  tax payers. So the wealth is getting
transferred from majority to minority who are politically active.
And why does other people tolerate this? Very simple, they do the same
thing. They will protect their entitlements  at the cost of entire society
or nation. More politically active you are more benefit you can get from the
system. Instead of bringing in equality and removing compeition in a
society, the socialism has replaced the free market competition by political
competition, which is more dangerous. Why, simple again, it involves
violence! I involves, use of physical force (police, military, street
violence etc.).
What is the solution to this? Reduce the role of Govt. in allocating
society's resources among its inhabitants! But how you do this if people
oppose privatization, because it harms their interests. Introduce a bill in
parliament which calls for privatization of all the non-essential Govt.
resources in one shot. All-or-none. The representatives have to decide
whether to privatize everything or nothing. Imagine now the dilemma of both
representatives and the people. Everybody has to decide if privatizing
everything is overall beneficial to him/her. He has to compare benefits from
the various Govt. entitlements he is now getting versus the loss sufferred
because he/her is subsidizing the other's entitlements. Believe me it is not
a simple decision to make. If majority think that their entitlement is more
than the subsidy they are providing others, the Govt. will be proved once
and for to be efficient and overall beneficial for the society. If not,
people will realize the uselessness of Govt. in making economic decisions
and we will get more efficient system.
I just believe and hope majority will decide in favor of the former.
By brining the issue of privatization of individual Govt. enterprises the
politicians and special interests are benefitting. Because they know very
well their beneficiary constituency will never support such privitazation.
This helps them in control of the situation. Their turn this simple
situation into a rich cash cow!!!! But again the main reason is the people
who support such thing. Not the politicians.
I hope this really helps.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Krishnan Kandasamy" <nkandasamy@hotmail.com>
To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2001 6:50 AM
Subject: Re: Performance based Politics

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> Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
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> But think about this,
> Most political parties in India are run by the "popularity" of one or more
> of its members., Like Jayalalitha for instance runs AIADMK. If Jaya gets
> some divine intervention and decideds that she will give party tickets
> to people who are honest, decent and suitable for the job, She can in one
> gaint stroke make all politicians "clean"
> She can also give 30% of tickets to women, there is no need for any
> reservation dramas...
> But things are not simple, Jaya can only demand so much power, AIADMK is
> with Jaya because, she has amassed wealth and the people of Tamilnadu are
> stupid and ignorant!
> Every job, project, posting is viewed with an aim to make money by these
> MLA's. I am sure that, each of the MLA's pay some monthly fee for their
> ticket to the "political leaders".
> In the process, If some one is willing to a pay, these politicians will
> their mother also.
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