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.