New Political System for Faster Development of our Nation

By Gilbert Menezes
Gilbert Menezes is from Moodbelle in Udupi and currently residing in Melbourne, Australia.
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Aug 15, 2020

As we celebrate our 74th Independence Day on 15th of August, let’s remember and pay gratitude to our past and present leaders and citizens who have contributed immensely to the independence and development of our nation and pray that everyone continues to experience the true independence of liberty, equality, and fraternity every day of our lives.

I am sure most of us will question why some of the countries in the world like America, Australia and many other nations have developed in much shorter time and in many ways, keep developing much faster than India. There are many causes, but this article focuses on political systems and leadership.

In developed countries, the political parties and leaders positively fight to win the elections and after the victory the winning leader and ruling parties as well as opposition parties concentrate on developing the nation rather than securing a stronghold on power! The ruling leaders and parties formulate the developmental plans and legislations with the help of experts but the consensus will be arrived at with all the stakeholders including opposition parties. The opposition party’s constructive criticism keeps the ruling party on their toes and keeps them delivering their election promises.

In India, the political parties fight all the time, and not only during the elections! The bitter fight during the elections often continues even after the ruling party assumes the political power! The main objective of the ruling party is to keep a stronghold on the power, and the opposition party’s main aim is to dislodge the ruling party without waiting for the next elections! Hence the development and legislation take a back seat, and that is what we have witnessed at least in the last five decades! This is witnessed even now during the pandemic in some states where the sole focus of the political parties and government should have been to help fight the pandemic and take care of the citizens who have been affected and most vulnerable.

In India, like many other developing countries in the world, politics has become an easy money-making career by corruption for most of the politicians and their family members and it does not attract righteous and competent youth due to its stigma of money and muscle power!

For India to develop like other developed nations, we require selfless and righteous political leaders ruling at the federal level and in every state with only one objective of equality, justice, and development in their hearts and minds! Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, and many other leaders worked selflessly during the formation of our republic focusing on equality and justice and rejecting any greed for power! But in today’s India we may not get anywhere near to name any selfless leader in the entire nation! Therefore political leadership and positions should be service-oriented (voluntary) rather than professional careers with a maximum service period of five years (one term) for most of them and ten years (two terms) for exceptional serving leaders, and also in different positions like Chief Minister and Prime Minister! This will reduce the greed for power and bring about a revolution for selfless service along with new developmental ideas and vigour.

The next big political reform is to end the dynasty leadership in India and in every political party! There should be a cooling-off period of twenty years for any family members of the politicians who are currently serving to occupy any legislative, parliament and leadership positions which will further lower the greed for power and corruption.

The next reform is to state fund the elections. Tax all the rich and wealthy individuals and organizations that would otherwise donate handsomely for quid pro quo! Then fund all the political parties who only promote development, justice, and equality of the nation without any division between nationalists and liberals, majorities against minorities or religion and caste!

Remember we have one hundred and thirty five crore people and giving an opportunity to many aspiring youths to serve in panchayat, district, legislative, parliament and political leadership at all levels once every five years will provide multi-dimensional talent and developmental ideas. Upon completion of their successful term with great service to the nation, they can easily pass on their leadership strategies and great ideas to the next leadership so that we don’t get bound by one leader for many years! To develop a nation, many great leaders and many great ideas are required from panchayat to federal level and that was how America and Australia and many other nations developed around the world!

We can arrive at good systems to choose the ideal righteous youth candidates for every party at every level and the new political system will produce a new breed of politicians, full of energy and very vibrant youth in every five years who can serve their electorate 24/7, 365 days, to develop our states and nation. Every parent, neighbourhood, and region’s support for the new political system will witness their own son and daughter becoming a great selfless politician in the future serving righteously with justice and equality to help build a peaceful and prosperous India!

Are we dreaming? Of course not! It is not easy but possible to get rid of greed for power and wealth and to end the nexus between businesses and politics. The new political system can work only for selfless and righteous candidates with complete transparency of their financial status updated once every six months! In any case there will be some stray politicians and if we can establish the legal and judicial system that can deliver the judgements within two to three months for any valid corruption or criminal case against any of the politicians, then we can eliminate black sheep faster, establishing a sound political system.

What a sight to behold and experience the great talents of every person in righteously serving our great motherland providing enough food to eat, good education, good health and shelter and a decent job for every citizen of our nation?

That is India living in peace and prosperity! And together we all can create it and experience it majestically. We can make India a role model for world peace and prosperity!

 

 

Comment on this article

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Dear Melroy, thank you for your response. Indeed we are fellow-travelers on the same path and let's put forth our best ideas to develop our nation. Your suggestion of means of state funding is well noted and that is where the like-minded people should come together and develop a good selfless system in consenses so that everyone in our nation and ultimately in the world has enough food, good education, good health, shelter, and a decent job.

    Will contact Sanjeev Sabhlok and please post your comments in future articles. God bless our nation, all its leaders and people.

    Agree [1]

  • Andrew (Ashok), Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Hi,

    Sir,

    Good Article,

    We need you in India, Please Come Back., Make some changes.

    Agree [5]

  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Dear Gilbert,
    I very much appreciate your good intentions, your open-mindedness,your desire to search for a good solution for the country of your origin and your making the time to share your views. Therefore, I must apologize for my agitated response; as, we are fellow-travellers on the same path.

    There is one correction I have to make to my response, in that: your suggestion for state funding is desirable but the method you have suggested is “socialist” in nature. Socialism leads to Communism which leads to Fascism. Any suggestion to take, by force, the property of one person and give it to someone else is deplorable. We must understand the difference between force and voluntariness.

    Yes, it is people like you who have seen and experienced the other side of the grass, who must share your experiences from your exposure to better systems of governance that you have seen.

    Unfortunately, the “insights” gained by you are based on the baggage of your past learning that you need to get rid-off at the earliest. The bicycle has already been invented!

    So, apart from my suggestions already made, you may consider getting in touch with Sanjeev Sabhlok , who lives in Sydney(i think) and be the change you want to see.

    “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages” ― Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Vol 1

    Agree [5]

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Dear Mangalurian, Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate your views on the administration of a nation and the role played by politicians and bureaucrats. This article focuses on Political leadership as mentioned. Let's share our best selfless ideas on various segments to develop our nation.

    Agree [1]

  • Maurice Menezes, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    We are all either part of the problem or part of the solution

    Agree [2]

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Thank you, Veer for commenting on the article. The leaders you have mentioned are not dynast as you have written and India progressed during their leadership and as well as many other leader's tenures! But India would have developed much faster if there were no pull and forces and selfish interests of the dynasty leadership in many political parties which affected many of the great leader's leadership and decision making.
    Let's keep sharing our best ideas to develop our nation.

    Agree

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Dear Melroy, thank you for taking time to comment on the article. Traveling and working around the world and seeing how other countries have developed has given me more insight and hence this article to inspire others to share their selfless ideas for the faster development of India in order to elevate 30% of our people from below the poverty line.

    Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, and many other past and current leaders educated or worked in the Western world and then return to India serving selflessly.

    Let's put forward our best selfless ideas to develop our nation.

    Agree [1]

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Mon, Aug 17 2020

    Dear Roshan, Thank you for taking the time to comments on Article. This article is not about making more millionaires, rather for the inclusive development of every citizen of India! Surely every system has its advantages and disadvantages and if we put forward our selfless views, we can arrive at best possible system for our country. However, since you have quoted about millionaires, India is going to have close to only 1 million millionaires for more than 1366 million population in 2027 as per your quote, whereas America already has 18.6 million millionaires for 328 million population as per the figures available on the public domain.
    Let's find common ground to develop the best systems for our nation so that we can find a way to elevate 30% of people who are below the poverty line. Please keep commenting on future articles where many ways will be highlighted in various categories to develop our nation.

    Agree

  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Sun, Aug 16 2020

    Thank you for the article Mr Menezes.

    The topic of administration of a country is a humongous one. I suppose looking for some reasons why the administration goes bad is an attempt to reduce the humongous topic to a few paragraphs.

    In reality, politicians AND the elected reps hardly make any difference to the administration (which is managed by the bureaucrats).

    The elected reps are like a Board of Directors. They merely set the policies and make the laws. These policies then take years to bear fruit. For example, Trump has changed some directions vis-a-vis China. We will have to wait for at least 10 years to see its net effect on USA.

    As an aside, Vallabh Bhai's correspondence on Kashmir will shock today's Indians. No doubt it is not part of any text book. If he had his way, India would have a very different map.

    Agree

  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Dynasty leadership is not forcefully acquired position. It's was popularly and unanimously handed position by the party by the blessing of people who supported it to last more than 100 years. Dynasty leadership has nothing to do with honest and exceptional governance which has been proved time and again. The same leadership has given the country freedom, immense economic prosperity and unmatched leadership in international level. Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Narasimha Rao, Manmohan Singh etc were congress leaders who weren't connected with dynasty. Because of lack of that leadership now the country is in disaster path.

    Agree [9]

  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    One may continue living in a world of fairy tales or look for real solutions. India will continue on its downhill trajectory if any of the suggestions made in this article are followed. I always find it fabulous how smart people run away from India to live in the free world based on free-market systems and then sitting in their AC'ed cocoons advocate "Socialism" for their poorer cousins in India.

    Read:
    "Breaking free of Nehru - Let's Unleash India" by Sanjeev Sabhlok.

    "Road to Serfdom" by Friedrich August von Hayek.

    "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations' by Adam Smith.

    If anybody is looking for a political party based on the ideals of liberty in India, then read the manifesto of the Swarna Bharat Party.

    Agree [8]

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2020

    Quote
    India’s list of millionaires has more than doubled in the last 10 years. But there’s still no stopping Indians.

    The country will have 950,000 millionaires by 2027, up almost 190% from 330,000 last year, a recent report by Johannesburg-based market research group New World Wealth predicts. This rise will mainly be due to competitive wages, strong economic growth, and an increasing number of entrepreneurs, the report said.
    Unquote

    I feel every system has its advantages and disadvantages. The system in any countries is no better or worse than the system prevailing. The grass always looks greener on the other side. Lastly its the people who will decide collectively. In my personal opinion the one who adapts will always thrive and flourish.

    Agree [1]


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