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Indian MP can be bought for $6 million

No wonder this is regionalization of Indian politics! Its not about democracy or power anymore. It is about money. Anybody who becomes an MP uses that “card” to earn money. How? Well by giving support to one of the major parties or the other. How does that help?

According CPI General Secretary (a party that knows a thing or two about “giving support” whether outside or inside the Government), AB Bardhan, the going rate for a Member of Parliament in India is Rs 25 crores (USD 6 million)!

Imagine if a person wins in two general elections and strategically decides to show support of one of the major parties… that’s enough to last him/her a lifetime! It is rather amusing that this joker, Bardhan, chooses to give it a the “principles twist” when things are going against his party 🙂 I am sure no other party has made as much money as these communist parties by strategically deciding whom to support and not in the last so many elections! Now, to turn back and tell all is very interesting. At least it throws the cat out of the bag.

The truth is that an Indian politician – including those who crib – are purchasable commodities.. like toilet paper on the Wal-mart shelf. Whosoever can pay the price for it can buy the guy/gal! Indian democracy is a big prostitution game and politicians behave as prostitutes. The sooner we realize the better! Its not about us or our progress… its about their own pockets!


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6 thoughts on “Indian MP can be bought for $6 million”

  1. And what are the reasons why India is what it is? Can U provide democracy and justice to the masses who first are Illiterate and then followed by that do not understand the language in which Democracy is written… If you read the constitution of India, the founding fathers emphasized English as the governing language..

    Now imagine an illiterate from a village comes to the city and tries to knock on the door of Democracy.. Forget a villager just take a native language learned person who tries to go to the local courts and knock on the door of democracy which is exercised in an alien language called as English…

    What’s the end result? Untter Chaos… which we see daily on TV
    Questions to ponder…

    Q1) Why is the PM of India appointed by a politician? Shouldn’t that post be elected by people? Manmohan was appointed by Sonia..

    Q2) Why is the Police commissioner appointed by politician? In some states in US, Sheriff is elected by the citizens and not appointed by some politician… The Goonda Raj in India could be minimized by this simple rectification

    Q3) Why are politicians allowed to contest election from different cities? Sonia’s first election was from Amethi in Delhi and simulaneously Bellary in some remote village in Karnataka? Is this fair represntation of the people

    Q4) Once a colition govenment is formed why can’t the law say that one cannot dissolve the coalition? Parties could be free to vote against a particular bill but there need not be removing the support just for the sake of one bill…

    Q5) Once a coalition Govt is formed, Can a law be passed that one cannot withdraw the support to the government

    Q6) Why is the same person allowed to get elected on the Chief Minister post infinite time? Sharar Pawar and Jyoti Basu are people who were allowed to be CM for decades… Why can’t the contitution say that a person can only be a CM 2 terms?

    Q7) Can market competition be applied to policing the city? Can we have mordern Educated police who can have the same jurisdiction as the old police with people deciding whom they should approach? Can this work in India?

  2. And what are the reasons why India is what it is? Can U provide democracy and justice to the masses who first are Illiterate and then followed by that do not understand the language in which Democracy is written… If you read the constitution of India, the founding fathers emphasized English as the governing language..

    Now imagine an illiterate from a village comes to the city and tries to knock on the door of Democracy.. Forget a villager just take a native language learned person who tries to go to the local courts and knock on the door of democracy which is exercised in an alien language called as English…

    What’s the end result? Untter Chaos… which we see daily on TV
    Questions to ponder…

    Q1) Why is the PM of India appointed by a politician? Shouldn’t that post be elected by people? Manmohan was appointed by Sonia..

    Q2) Why is the Police commissioner appointed by politician? In some states in US, Sheriff is elected by the citizens and not appointed by some politician… The Goonda Raj in India could be minimized by this simple rectification

    Q3) Why are politicians allowed to contest election from different cities? Sonia’s first election was from Amethi in Delhi and simulaneously Bellary in some remote village in Karnataka? Is this fair represntation of the people

    Q4) Once a colition govenment is formed why can’t the law say that one cannot dissolve the coalition? Parties could be free to vote against a particular bill but there need not be removing the support just for the sake of one bill…

    Q5) Once a coalition Govt is formed, Can a law be passed that one cannot withdraw the support to the government

    Q6) Why is the same person allowed to get elected on the Chief Minister post infinite time? Sharar Pawar and Jyoti Basu are people who were allowed to be CM for decades… Why can’t the contitution say that a person can only be a CM 2 terms?

    Q7) Can market competition be applied to policing the city? Can we have mordern Educated police who can have the same jurisdiction as the old police with people deciding whom they should approach? Can this work in India?

  3. To Desh: I can see the anger in your post. Whatever you are saying is the price we have to pay for democratic system.
    If few MPs can be brought by money, then few others can be bought by agreeing to their demands such as promising statehood (TRS in hyderabad), promising Ministry posts and what not. Few othes go to the extent of making key policy changes and or bending the laws to help in criminal cases. There is no simple solution for all these problems. Unless the voter is vigilant and is patient enough to read into the candidates and their past performance before voting them again, we cannot help ourselves. Awareness has to come from our side.

    Honest question to you: Have you voted before? If yes, did you atleast spent a day or two to learn about the politician you voted or going to vote?

    If the answers to above questions are ‘no’, then you shouldn’t complain about the sorry state of affairs. All you have to do henceforth is spend time on polticians and learning about them as they are the ones you entrusted your future with.

    To the anonymous poster:
    Please find answers inline
    Q1) All you are asking is, presidential form of government.
    Q2)Your solution will not fix the problem even with that rectification.
    Imbibing ethics and ethical standards is the key to fix the prboelm
    you mentioned. If everyone starts probing themselve, “what am i
    hired to do?”, “Who is paying me and am i serving the purpose?” etc
    These can be inculcated only as a child and not to the grownups.

    Q3) I completely agree with you. Get elected wherever you want but
    only from one place.
    Q4/Q5)That condition is wrong. We cannot enforce that rule. What if the party which has formed the government is indulging in anti national activities or is not governning well? The freedom to withdraw should always exist in coalition form of government. This fear of loosing support should deter government making wrong policy changes.
    I agree that individual Members should have their own opinion to vote on bills. They should get rid of that ‘whip’ rule for polcitical parties. But again, this independence can also cut us from the other side. These MPs will be available for purchase from any major political party. Thats why Ethics takes the center stage here also.
    Q6) I agree. Limit the terms to 1 or 2 atmost.
    Q7) Can you clarify your point again?

    Thanks
    Sri

  4. To Desh: I can see the anger in your post. Whatever you are saying is the price we have to pay for democratic system.
    If few MPs can be brought by money, then few others can be bought by agreeing to their demands such as promising statehood (TRS in hyderabad), promising Ministry posts and what not. Few othes go to the extent of making key policy changes and or bending the laws to help in criminal cases. There is no simple solution for all these problems. Unless the voter is vigilant and is patient enough to read into the candidates and their past performance before voting them again, we cannot help ourselves. Awareness has to come from our side.

    Honest question to you: Have you voted before? If yes, did you atleast spent a day or two to learn about the politician you voted or going to vote?

    If the answers to above questions are ‘no’, then you shouldn’t complain about the sorry state of affairs. All you have to do henceforth is spend time on polticians and learning about them as they are the ones you entrusted your future with.

    To the anonymous poster:
    Please find answers inline
    Q1) All you are asking is, presidential form of government.
    Q2)Your solution will not fix the problem even with that rectification.
    Imbibing ethics and ethical standards is the key to fix the prboelm
    you mentioned. If everyone starts probing themselve, “what am i
    hired to do?”, “Who is paying me and am i serving the purpose?” etc
    These can be inculcated only as a child and not to the grownups.

    Q3) I completely agree with you. Get elected wherever you want but
    only from one place.
    Q4/Q5)That condition is wrong. We cannot enforce that rule. What if the party which has formed the government is indulging in anti national activities or is not governning well? The freedom to withdraw should always exist in coalition form of government. This fear of loosing support should deter government making wrong policy changes.
    I agree that individual Members should have their own opinion to vote on bills. They should get rid of that ‘whip’ rule for polcitical parties. But again, this independence can also cut us from the other side. These MPs will be available for purchase from any major political party. Thats why Ethics takes the center stage here also.
    Q6) I agree. Limit the terms to 1 or 2 atmost.
    Q7) Can you clarify your point again?

    Thanks
    Sri

  5. 1) Why is there no job qualifications requirement for a political post?
    Understandably the writers of the Constitution wanted anyone to be able to rise up to any political office. However, this lofty ideal will only have good results in Utopia, not in timezone Kalyug, country India. Illiterate politicians only seek to enrich themselves. The literate also dont want to be left behind so they too enrich themselves. Result is what you see.

    2) Why is there no retirement age for any political post?
    It is medically proven that older people have more memory lapses, age related illnesses and on the whole cannot contribute a 100% of their peak potential to their job. This is why there is a retirement age fixed by the very same government in all jobs. However it doesnt apply to them? This should immediately be implemented. It will do away with a whole lot of old gas bags at one stroke. They may remain party leaders in mentor capacity but not occupy any post in any of the assemblies.

    3) Any person who has been convicted (unless there is an appeal pending in a higher court) of any crime should lose their right to vote. Ofcourse they will not be eligible to contest elections unless cleared by the higher court. They should also not be allowed to travel abroad.

    4) All travel by those in public offices to Switzerland, Cayman Islands, Mauritius etc are to be declared in the public gazette with the reasons for such travel.

    5) This should be made a compulsory requirement that all persons who have held ministerial posts shall on vacating their office donate all the wealth held in their own name and in the names of their family members and receive only a government pension and be compulsorily accomodated in government quaters and travel only by public transport. All other assets will stand automatically donated to the Prime Ministers Relief fund. (Only those who truly want to serve the country will come forward to be ministers!!)

    6) All ministers will travel only by public transport and also compulsorily take treatment only at a Government Medical hospital. This applies to their immediate family members also.

    These conditions will ensure that life of the common man will be more liveable and also that those in power are aware of the difficulties the masses are facing.

  6. 1) Why is there no job qualifications requirement for a political post?
    Understandably the writers of the Constitution wanted anyone to be able to rise up to any political office. However, this lofty ideal will only have good results in Utopia, not in timezone Kalyug, country India. Illiterate politicians only seek to enrich themselves. The literate also dont want to be left behind so they too enrich themselves. Result is what you see.

    2) Why is there no retirement age for any political post?
    It is medically proven that older people have more memory lapses, age related illnesses and on the whole cannot contribute a 100% of their peak potential to their job. This is why there is a retirement age fixed by the very same government in all jobs. However it doesnt apply to them? This should immediately be implemented. It will do away with a whole lot of old gas bags at one stroke. They may remain party leaders in mentor capacity but not occupy any post in any of the assemblies.

    3) Any person who has been convicted (unless there is an appeal pending in a higher court) of any crime should lose their right to vote. Ofcourse they will not be eligible to contest elections unless cleared by the higher court. They should also not be allowed to travel abroad.

    4) All travel by those in public offices to Switzerland, Cayman Islands, Mauritius etc are to be declared in the public gazette with the reasons for such travel.

    5) This should be made a compulsory requirement that all persons who have held ministerial posts shall on vacating their office donate all the wealth held in their own name and in the names of their family members and receive only a government pension and be compulsorily accomodated in government quaters and travel only by public transport. All other assets will stand automatically donated to the Prime Ministers Relief fund. (Only those who truly want to serve the country will come forward to be ministers!!)

    6) All ministers will travel only by public transport and also compulsorily take treatment only at a Government Medical hospital. This applies to their immediate family members also.

    These conditions will ensure that life of the common man will be more liveable and also that those in power are aware of the difficulties the masses are facing.

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