Sad truths about Indian Politics

by Madhvi Bansal
Indian Politics

Indian politics has always been involved in controversies since time immemorial. Every time elections are around the corner, the dark side of politics and politicians is revealed by the opposition in order to bring them down. It is during these times that the electorate gets to know about the other side of the people who rule them.

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Dynastic Dominance

It is a very well know fact that Indian political parties are often ruled by consecutive generations of the same family. This trend of Nepotism has converted politics into a type of family business where the son/daughter usually inherit the well settled political legacy. Now this fact may play a huge role in reducing accountability and answerability. Since their spot in the party is already reserved they usually don’t have to worry about credibility or integrity. Not only the children, even the extended families of these politicians make sure to avail benefits of their position.

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Corruption is nothing new in Indian politics and a  major cause of concern which is weakening the nation as a whole and very harshly damaging the supreme importance of the law governing the society. If you see ,today, politics is full of criminals and criminals are meant to be in politics more than ever. Voting and elections in many parts of the country are related to a host of criminal activities. The criminals threaten voters to vote for a particular candidate/party or physically prevent voters from going into the polling booth especially the weaker sections of the society like the tribals, dalits and rural woman etc. This practice has become rampant in several parts of the country. Corrupt politicians have also been able to amass huge wealth and stash it in private locations.

Caste Politics

Casteism has always been a  burning issue in Indian politics. People ,especially in the interior, are under the influence of caste and they will not  vote for the most suitable person not belonging to their caste. They usually vote for the caste and not the person. Even the candidates for contesting elections are picked up according to the caste structure of constituency. Today there is no state in India which is free from the influence of caste.