People and Politics: Is Right to Vote a Right to Power?


Plato said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato is so pertinent in the above observation. The elections are round the corner all over India. A new leadership and a new government is in the offing. The people of the country must participate in large numbers to choose best of the leaders. Please always remember that there are only two choices: One is to lead, and the other is to get led. And the only answer is “Better Management” and “Better Leadership”. And all this is possible by choosing good leaders.

What do you want? Do you want an inferior to lead you? If you go by the statistics and information available with the Election Commission, about 30% of the elected representatives to the parliament and the assemblies have criminal records. Some have even heinous criminal charges. And the above trend is increasing and not decreasing. And if the same trend continues, a day is not far when we all are governed and led by criminals. Can we really hope this to happen? What kind of ecosystem we are creating for the present youngsters and for the new ones to come in the future?

Please also note that exercising one’s vote is not only a right but also a great responsibility. If the people are not wise in choosing their representatives, then, only inferior ones will rule and govern the people and the country. All power is of the people. All power is for the people. And all power is by the people. The highest power lies with the people. And the responsibility of the government is just to serve the people. It is, therefore, rightly said that the Constitution is OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people. This is the true power of the democracy.


The above blog was written by me on 9th April 2014:

The above blog was written by me on 9th April 2014, that is, five years back when the General Elections in India were round the corner. I am reproducing the blog again for the relevance of the content even now when the General Elections 2019 are round the corner for the 17th Lok Sabha. Yes, the new thing is that I have added a YouTube video to the blog. The original blog can still be accessed here. And I express my gratitude to Plato through this blog post.

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