Now that the corruption in the largest democracy of the world – India has reached to more than a THOUSAND BILLION US DOLLARS (reference here), its time we rethought about the effectiveness of general elections, in selecting the right people to rule us. An alternative will be a “Random Representation” democracy, which in simple terms will work like this –
- Citizens educated to a certain level may voluntarily take up a diploma course in Public Policy making, standardized and made available (in distance mode) by the Union government.
- Those who successfully complete the course, can register themselves as willing to dedicate 3 years, as people’s representative, in a Government web-portal – prior to the elections.
- A central computer then selects in a random fashion, the required number of representatives to Parliament/Assemblies from among these volunteers.
- The selected representatives choose the PM and cabinet from among themselves by volunteering/voting.
- The knowledge about new/ongoing policies/laws are quickly disseminated to the new representatives using well maintained documentation portals.
- New representatives are chosen every three years, after which older ones return back to their previous professions. A previous PM may be retained if the new representatives decide so.
- This new system doesn’t have the concept of political parties (which depend heavily on private funding for survival); and thus has much lesser tendency to contract corruption.
Kj [/.] Sreekumar programs computers as a hobby and profession. Into programming from his school days, Sree uses Codemarvels to key in facts and fixes he finds interesting while working on different projects. Some of the articles here give away a few shades of his philosophical leanings too.