Sunday, December 5, 2010

Eligibility for Politicians....

        Eligibility for Politicians....


I do not know how many people would agree with me about this rather controversial topic...

They say " The last bit of a scoundrel is to enter politics "
With the current Indian political situation being chaotic and flooded with Scams at the state and the center, somewhere something should be done by someone. At this critical juncture, I think this topic would be more relevant....

India witnessed politicians or leaders of two cadres... one the erst while in the form of Gandhi, Shasthri, Patel, S. Nijalingappa, Kengal Hanumanthaiah so on ...who stood for values and love for people and the country...
Modern India is witnessing another cadre of politicians like Lalu prasad yadav, Narendra modi, A. Raja and Reddy brothers who are there to plunder the various resources of the country and who think utilising public money and causing loss to the exchequer is their fundamental right....

Now, if i take a dig at the current politicians, a small chunk of them are below 40 while the majority of them have crossed 60...
I think in India, the normal age to enter politics has become 60 years by looking at our politicians....
we have leaders who take 10 minutes to put 13 steps or who can never be understood when they speak or who have had any graduation...
we also have leaders who have undergone bypass surgeries, kidney transplant or suffering with various diseases but still thirsty for power...
By the time they get  power they would have crossed the life expectancy age which is 62 years in India...
It's very hard to find leaders of the stature of Rajeev Gandhi who are young and dynamic....in power

The first rule should be to fix the minimum and maximum age to enter politics.

Unlike the current situation, where there is no such rules, people enter politics after 50 years, which is their leisure time in their life and would still be there after they have crossed 70. They know they would get a call from Yama to go to him any time.

1 ) The minimum age could be fixed at 30 years and the maximum age should be 60 years whicch could be xtended by 2 yrs i.e. 62 yrs.

The reason why i have fixed 30 years as minimum age is by this time the individual would be well educated and would have sound knowledge about problems of the society, then the common or civic sense would be established to the core...So even if he starts from the bottom, he has 30 years to his credit to excel in this field....

The maximum age should be 60 or 62 years for this is the time when all our body parts would start shaking like a pendulum and we would not be in a position to comprehend or decide on the matters of the government or the people. The more early we come out, more are the chances for the young and dynamic minds to enter politics or to be in power.

People who come out of politics after 60 years still could be used as guiding force by the young minds in deciding the core issues of the government. These experienced resources who have outstanding abilities and knowledge could be assimilated together in a "think tank" panel.

2) Graduation as minimum academic eligibility...


Hardly we see our leaders who have had graduation as their education. Laloo or Rabdi devi ruled Bihar without having any such eligibility...we can even see the Mayors or Zill Panchayat Presidents governing us though they are illiterates or who do not have ny graduation to their credit...

By the time a person completes graduation, age would be 21 yrs or 22 (4 engineering students) nd 24 ( 4 medical students). The person would have completed 15 yrs of formal education and his knowledge would be well equipped with regards to resolving the issues of the society.  
The individual would be able to understand the problem better, think about the solutions and decide, compare the problems with the neighbouring countries and understand the ways they have adopted to resolve these issues.

3)  Maximum term of holding office - 3 terms

If we see our current politicians we can see majority of them being elected by the public for the 6th time or the 7th time to the State Assemblies or to the Parliament. Though they hardly do any work at the constituency, they are elected by the people.
They seldom attend the sessions or even if they attend they would be in deep slumber.

So if we fix their term as 3 terms, then it would be very nice as they would get 15 years ( if the government completes 5 yrs) to attend to the needs of the constituencies....
So even if a person enters politics at 30 yrs and manages to get elected by 35 yrs, then he would have 5 yrs as an MP or MLA. even if he gets elected at the age of 45 years and If he attends to his people's needs, then he would be elected again and again. Such repeated elections could be curtailed to 3 attempts. Such restriction would continue till 60 years which is the maximum age for being in politics and by then he would have completed 3 terms, so thereby both the conditions would be satisfied.


It depends on successful candidates who are elected thrice by the people to prepare a alternative for them during their last term thus identifying new talent and nurturing them so that we do not commit blunders in selecting a rogue to govern us.

In case of Ministers also, this should apply uniformly. A person who has become minister once should be given a chance only twice thus giving him an opportunity to enjoy the fruits of power for 10 yrs. After 2 times, he should not be taken as a minister instead should return to his consistuency to serve his people as a MLA or a MP.

When we have young blood governing us with experienced resources in the think tank guiding them, then we would bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots and to compete with other countries in every field.

" Sarvarigu samabaalu; sarvarigu samapaalu"



                                                                  Alemaari..
                    

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