March 16, 2012

If you thought India has a problem with election funding, then here's all about America's shameful, super PACs!

First of all, congratulations to our Chief Election Commissioner Dr. Quraishi for yet again managing the elections with the least reports of rigging; congratulations also to Akhilesh for becoming an icon overnight for the Indian youth through sheer hard work. I shall write on him very soon! This time, I want to write on something that is spoken about every time that elections are held anywhere in India – the question of election time funding. Of course, it’s shameful the way black money dominates election funding in India. But then, if you thought American Presidential elections – the nomination fight for which is underway currently in the USA – are clean, then here are some facts which will make you think again!

Actually, throughout history, elections have never been democratic in the true sense with money power significantly dominating the outcome instead of ability, one way or the other. There has been rarely an election where power-variables have not played their role. Almost all elections around the world are manipulated to one extent or the other with money, power, rigging, hacking or even fixing. The upcoming American Presidential election is no exception either. Clearly a strange paradox – on one hand, the American election system is considered one of the most transparent electoral processes; on the other, this very election rarely has been fair to its masses.

Unlike in India, where election funding is mostly clandestine and is funded primarily with black money, the US electoral system has been legally endowed with formal procedures to direct cash flows into the system, especially for election campaigns. On hindsight, it might appear that therefore, the elections held in the US would be quite transparent and money would play a moderate role in deciding the final winner. Unfortunately, the fact is that irrespective of how transparent the election process might be, money power is quintessential for any political party or any Presidential candidate to perform well in the elections – that in itself undermines the true essence of democracy! Today, the underlined fact is that globally, it is money that makes one win the elections, (and this has been proved through various studies). Period!
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19 comments:

Gaurav said...

its not just India's democracy that has its dark sides, most nation face the same problem...its just that things are made worse in India by our corrupt ministers.

Rohan said...

Thank you for writing such great stuff and bringing to light the fact that ours is not the only democracy in the world with such great problems.

ravi kumar said...

Politicians around the world do not want to win elections to serve their people,but only to enjoy the power and benefits that comes along with the victory!!!!!!!!

jasmeet said...

hats off to Arindam chaudhuri for coming out with such brilliant articles..

Diptimayee Nayak said...

Problems with election fund is not an exception in India.

Animesh said...

It is just not a chance factor.

astha said...

its really a shame on american democracy

Anupoom said...

didn't know that money plays such a huge role in determining results of elections!!!!!

Rahul said...

guys just be proud of the fact that despite so much dirt and corruption in our democratic system,we don't top the list of most corrupt nations

Tinku Sharma said...

glad to know that Indian democracy is not the only one of its type in the world.

Parmod kumar said...

nice article......congratulations arindam sir for the great job that you've been doing

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