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Qualification of candidates

by Rinku Khumukcham
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The greatest tragedy in Indian democracy is that – a citizen doesn’t require a qualification to contest the election. Many political experts interpreted the Indian system as the true picture of democracy. We almost all who know A, B, C of politics and electoral system support the idea of granting the right to contest the election if he is 25 years old besides being a citizen. The idea of granting rights to any citizen irrespective of his or her qualification was justifiable once upon a time. Today the new generation has mixed opinions on whether a candidate should have an approved qualification or not. And there are debates going around among some politically educated people over the qualification. Will it be educational qualification provided by Indian University or any education department? Will it be a gold medal or silver medal or say bronze medal in either national or international sports events? Will it be writers of acclaimed books? Or will it be conducting an interview just as it has been doing for the selection of Administrators? Talking about qualification for contesting election will be a never-ending debate, however, discussion over this matter becomes a much with the present political trends.
India being a multi party system have over 1000s of political parties recognized by the Election Commission of India. Among the thousands, only a few come up as the majority and become peoples’ choice. Since India became a republic Independent country the Congress party superseded all other political parties particularly the left-leaning party. After around 25 years the falls of Congress began and another political party – the Janata Dal became the peoples’ party. Early 80s Congress party under the leadership of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi return back to power and since then congress party continues with Indira Gandhi’s son former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi replacing her after her assassination.
Coming back to the point, the top priority of almost all political parties existing in India is to fight against corruption. And issues that are hindering the development of the nation is also corruption.
Now, how many intending candidates are clean and free from corruption? How many of the candidates had really joint the anti-corruption movement and how many really fight for corruption? Maybe many or more, but the irony is that how many voters will cast their vote for those who are and were against corruption.
Qualifications of intending candidates today are his or her bank balance, no matter how he gets it. Besides, his capacity to appoint government jobs using means that are accepted as corruption.
So the real qualification of a candidate is the quantum of corruption he or she possessed. Because a clean person with just the amount he earns legally is not going to win in the Indian election today.

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