- Certain Proposed Changes in our Polity: now there should be a Partyless Democracy

Certain proposed changes in our polity: now there should be a Partyless Democracy


Date: September 26, 2012

Drawn up by a citizen of Bharat for the consideration by ‘We, the People’ of this great country1

[Released in the Seminar on Treaty-Making held on 21st July, 2007 (Saturday), ASSOCHAM House, New Delhi. The Seminar was presided over by former Chief Justice J.S Verma]

Recalling the instruction given to us by Vyasa that

Sorrow which we share in common,
It is unwise to shed tears thereon;
It is prudent to find and forge some ways
To diagnose the cause to get rid of the ailment.;

Believing that it is a human specific to draw conclusions from what we see to what we do not see as we are convinced that we alone are our friends or foes, and it would be an insult to our culture to beg for trickle-down effects and to turn suppliant under a system overtaken through corruption and greed of a few denizens of sone ki Lanka;

Recognising that we have created and organized our polity under the limitations of the Constitution which we gave to ourselves in exercise of our sovereign authority which can neither be alienated nor usurped, and which inheres in us enabling us to bring about requisite changes through persuasion, if that be effective; through a revolution if that be needed;

Observing that the throes of painful existence of 97% of our people inhabiting the glorious land of Bharat are being subjected to continuous deception through strategies and stratagems made subtle and persuasive by the Faustian logic of the intellectuals and media;

Finding that the organs of governance, set up under our Constitution, have not given satisfactory account of themselves; and are fast subjugating themselves to the Pax Mercatus the paeans of which are being sung day in and day out by the beneficiaries of the greed-driven corrupt but ever waxing system;

Representing the interest of the suffering millions of Bharat who are anguished to see the continuous conspiracy against their culture and tradition, and noting with distress a headlong decline to servitude illustrating the slave syndrome under which a slave puts on fetteres in his inertia as a matter of morbid habit even when his destiny has set him free;

Noting that now we are at the cusp of history where we must act and act and act deriving light and inspiration from such great role models of revolution as Christ, Krishna, Mohammad, and Gandhi;

Convinced that democracy is not a mere show of elections used merely as a device of capturing power somehow, and then to forget people to be remembered again only when they are needed again for a repeat performance;

Determined to change the present system for the weal of all by removing the cobwebs of studied pretence, and to make the organs of our governance function as per the commands of our Constitution stripping it off the distortions made by the schemers of neo-liberalism working as the harlots for a morbid ersatz version of colonialism and imperialism through its dexterous structure of deception;

THIS CITIZEN SUGGESTS certain steps pro bono publico for better governance of this Republic hoping that many more suggestive ideas would come up from persons far abler than this humble self:

  1. That we should elect representatives to represent us in Parliament or the legislatures none else than those with domicile in the territorial or functional areas of their constituencies;

  2. That if more than one persons stand sponsored by the people of a constituency, all except one will be excluded per majority decision of the voters of that constituency;

  3. That the people will have the supreme right to judge the worth of the candidates without cognizance their affiliations with a political party;

  4. That the governance through political parties be supplanted by a system under which the elected members would graduate themselves to their constitutional and political duties under the supreme guiding principle which is “the weal of all”;

  5. That as the political parties have not proved their credentials and relevance; and as, on being weighed, they have been found wanting, it would surely be for public good if they are forgotten by people; and, if it so happens, their representatives when elected would provide a better government by polarizing on issues of national welfare as naturally as the broken tiny iron pieces polarize to form patterns on the poles of a magnet;

  6. That the election in a constituency shall be conducted by a collegium representing the Panchayats falling within a constituency under the supervision of bodies set up under our Constitution;

  7. That the elected members shall be liable to be tried for corruption and anti-people activities by the peoples’ tribunal set up on ad hoc basis in every constituency on the decision of the collegium referred to (v) , and the said tribunal shall have a presiding judge appointed by the jurisdictional High Court to function with the help of two juries appointed by the said judge from the constituency wherefrom the cause of action emanate;

  8. That if the verdict of the tribunal goes against the elected representative, he shall stand recalled;

  9. That the procedure prescribed in clause (vii) shall apply to the holders of all political offices without any exception;

  10. That any member of a constituency can call for explanation of an elected representative by filing a petition to the collegium which will ensure that no vexations queries are made;

  11. That any citizen of this Republic can call for explanation of any elected representative by making a petition to the collegium of the constituency which elected him;

  12. That the Committee on Petitions to Parliament and to the legislatures should be better organized and made effective so that any citizen can lodge complaints against the misdemenour of persons wielding public power of political nature;

  13. That the Executive is to be made effectively accountable to people as represented in Parliament realizing that the members of the Executive soon to succumb to the ills which the executive of the infamous absolute rulers of the past had in plenty;

  14. That it is high time to organize our Civil Service as an integrated organization on the pattern of the French Civil Service establishing the system of droit administrative as that method would be much better than what prevails in our country at present under which many who come to serve public, remain busy in serving themselves only thereby contriving “The Root of All Evil”;

  15. That our Government should work under sunshine as transparency is always the most effective antiseptic against corruption; and also because there will be a powerful deterrence against parking the gains of corruption in various destinations in the world greatly facilitated by a rogue financial system crafted by the Mephistophelean efforts of the calculators, sophisters, fraudsters, go-getters, and the economists sans commitment to our constitution and cultural values;

  16. That our Parliament must impose its effective authority on the Government’s Treaty-Making Power making it clear to all that the people of this great country would recognize no obligation which negates our constitutional commitment, and emanates from the transgression of the Government’s constitutional competence for Treaty-Making.

1 This is with reference to the following observation by Shiva Kant Jha in his Final Act of WTO: Abuse of Treaty-Making Power (at p. 33): (“The nation knows what is wrong with our Parliament, and surely some day, ways would be found/forged to set the institution right. But this does not prove the point Pranab Babu was making) - Links on Shivakantjha - Links on Shivakantjha

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