Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bringing the Election Commission into disrepute

In the aftermath of the Thirumangalam election which the DMK won, shame on Karunanidhi for casting aspersions on the efforts of Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta to deliver electoral justice to the voters of Thirumangalam. If every branck of the Tamil Nadu Government worked to the high standards of the EC, K would have nothing to complain about.

Dynastic Politics & the Challenge to Ethical Democracy

In Tamil Nadu Nadu and at the Center dynastic politics is especially tenacious, with Karunanidhi asserting family ties over state governance (sons Azhagiri, Stalin) as well as at the national level(daughter Kanimozhi as member of parliament). At the centre, the Congress is attempting to bring Rahul Gandhi into line as the next prime miniserial candidate.

Dynastic politics poses an ethical problem for the optimal development of democracy. More on this later...