Wednesday, March 3, 2010

8th Day of Honest Politics Course, 20th February 2010

Today’s class started off with an RTI training session by Executive Director of 5th Pillar, Mr. Bhanu Kumar. He explained about the intricacies of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and educated the participants about how to file an RTI petition. He has modeled a set of questions that will nail down the corrupt officer, to either accept or rectify his mistakes.

“Nepotism and Dynasty Rule”, was the topic covered in the next session. The instructor had veritable facts to explain with examples about the dynasty rule in the Central government as well as State government. Politics has become family business as the yield is lucrative. Two Mumbai MP’s (Member of Parliament), Milind Deora and Priya Dutt of Congress Party inherited their fathers’ seat after their death. Lineage of dynasty rule in politics was explained as, “My grandfather voted for Jawaharlal Nehru, my uncles voted for his daughter Indhira Gandhi, my parents voted for her son Rajiv Gandhi, and now my generation youngsters are pledging allegiance to his son Rahul Gandhi, son of Rajiv Gandhi, grandson of Indhira Gandhi, great grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru”. The same lineage is seen in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and other states. In some states wife inherits the Chief Minister post. People of India, are familiar with the dynasty rule and the voter turnout clarifies that they prefer familiarity than change.

The evening session was under the heading, “Political Party System”. The instructor narrated about the political system of different countries, and about their formation and functionality. Merits and demerits of the party system gave a clear understanding of the impact of the political system on the people. Class on Political dynasty, and nepotism instigated a healthy discussion about the impact of nepotism in the job market. Participants had numerous situations to annotate about nepotism and lineage, even in small Panchayat elections. Power and greed that goes hand in hand has tarnished the political layout.

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