Independents in Democracy
Monarchy Out, Democracy In, But Dynasty is Getting Entrenched
Democracies have to take steps to prevent emergence of dynasties.
1. A close family relative should not be allowed to take up a political executive office immediately after resignation, retirement, or death of an existing person in position. A gap of ten years or two general elections gap should be recommended.
2. Two members of a family cannot be in same legislative body simultaneously.
Ananya Vajpeyi, Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts wrote an article titled "The Paradox of Dynastic Democracy". The article is written in the context of India, where Nehru family is the ruling the country for many years since independence. The presence of youngest Gandhis as well as that of sons and daughters of number of politicians in Indian legislative assemblies and parliament poses a direct challenge to the very principle of democracy, since their presence in politics is primarily a function of their lineage.
Source: The Economic Times, 27.5.2009
Emphasize Representing People
Politician at any level in a democracy is a representative of the opinion of people. Both political party members and elected representatives need to have systems in place to accumulate public opinion within their constituency.
Unfortunately such systems are not visible.
There is more emphasis in media as well as in party and government affairs on the leadership and authority and the role of representing people is almost forgotten.
Book Information and Reviews
The Knight Commission sees new thinking about news and information as a necessary step to sustaining democracy in the digital age. It thus follows in the footsteps of the 1940s Hutchins Commission and the Kerner and Carnegie Commissions of the 1960s.