Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Election India 2009: democracy's bad guys

IF it was Mulayam Singh distributing cash the other day, today it was Jaswant Singh, senior BJP leader, who was caught on camera doling out cash while campaigning in Rajasthan. This Singh has an army background, and was minister for defence in Atal Bihari vajpayee's government. No ordinary person by any means, but this is his sense of morality as far as the democratic election is concerned. The matter of the fact is that no political party is clean, and each of them is hell-bent to win at whatever means.

My morning paper - Bengali Statesman - has published a startling news: most hard-core criminals are now being bailed out of jails by political leaders for election purposes. They would be let loose to bully the people so the leaders can have their way into the ballot boxes in their respective constituencies.

Indian democracy has more facade than face. In terms of population, it may be greatest, but it is sleaziest too at the same time.

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