In what ways is Indian political system better than the US and the UK?

By Sunil Kumar

In the current situation, I don’t find many ways in which the Indian political system is better than the US and the UK. It’s trying to find a silver lining in a swirling mass of dark, foreboding clouds.

Ambedkar due to his education in both the US and the U.K., and the rest of our founding fathers merely transplanted the best of both these countries, albeit with some localization to the Indian situation.

In all my reading of our constitution and situation since then, despite eminent minds, legal luminaries, brilliant academicians, we have made the morass deeper. Personal egos and strife are on a higher pedestal than any political improvement. It’s not all doom and gloom, we still have a few committed bureaucrats, technocrats et al – the reason why India’s not completely down the drain.

The only good thing I can find about the Indian political system is colour, vibrancy in representative democracy, something you can’t find in Westminster or the all powerful American system. These countries are obviously not flawless- notice the mess of Brexit and the election/scandals of Trump, Clinton or Nixon’s Watergate.

India’s elections are also a majestic exercise, the biggest dance of democracy on the planet. It is a humungous feat by the Election Commission that is unfortunately buried under the compulsive negativity of media headlines.

If our country can truly improve over the coming decades, and not lose its way, then the Indian political system can be an example for the rest of the planet. Currently it’s not except for some media buzzwords and overkill.

The current Lok Sabha was the worst example of opposition antics and meaningless antics that provided a sordid example of tax payer money being wasted and national interest being sidelined.

No political party in the current setup can or will dismantle the murkiness, political patronage and dynasty-based approach that we have. So many ministers and noted political personalities such as Mayawati, Omar Abdullah etc were even unwilling to vacate their Lutyens bungalows at the end of their terms.

Given the penchant for tweeting, the pretense and hypocrisy, and the coarse element of political debate that hinges on mere self-interest, India’s political system is currently amongst the worst in the world. This means that in straight speak, there is a huge scope for improvement. Always bright sun can shine through the dark clouds and give us all rays of hope.

That’s my take on this question.

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