Reality Check India

We want more of this ! The default choice model.

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on October 18, 2009

Six, eight, twelve hour power cuts. Thousands of farmers driven to suicide. Scams large and small. No improvement in standard of living. No hope of security. Or equality. The same social justice fraudsters. Dusty trails for roads. We were told this was going to be India’s century. Yet 10% of this century is done and we are still stepping on sewage water on our way to work.

Yet the people of Maharashtra and Haryana are going to say they want more of this !!

Can people actually want more of this ? What is wrong ? I think this exposes a fundamental flaw in our democratic reasoning. Democracy will never work if there is going to be a default choice in the absence of a perfect choice.  You must iterate the process of selecting the lesser evil.

Why is the ‘default choice’ system bad ?

1. There are reports of many areas where the Congress/Shiv Sena/BJP have worked out deals. It is entirely conceivable that in the future, elections will only be nominal. Like gangsters, the real deals will happen behind closed doors. ‘Areas will be divided, and data not available to the public will the the primary tool of negotiation’.

2. The political scenario will degenerate into a friendly where powerful families are represented on multiple sides. A case in point is Tamilnadu, where many political families have feet in all major parties. Except the top, everything is fluid. All energy is spent in protecting the status quo.

Non performing governments must be punished. Even if it means electing another evil.

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  1. Barbarindian said, on October 20, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Intellectuals and opinion makers must share credit for wide adoption of this model among people. In the West, the non-partisan behavior generates from that layer – not people at the grass roots level.

  2. reason said, on October 21, 2009 at 5:25 am

    follow the tamasha with IIT selection tampering. it is surprising that some backward class champions think it is anti-backward. if weightage for +2 marks goes up, it should benefit TN state board students, no? and 97% of TN is backward so.

  3. AG said, on October 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    kkkangress won everywhere
    despite zero governance
    that’s what india wants, my friend

  4. AG said, on October 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    > All energy is spent in protecting the status quo. Non performing governments must be punished. Even if it means electing another evil.

    Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.


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