It’s election time in south India and the propaganda is overspilling onto the streets.
Is it just coincidence that so many members of the Gandhi/Nehru family have been in power in this country?
Or that George Bush Junior followed in the footsteps of his father?
Could there be another reason?
Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar commented that democracy – so often deified as the one true path – amounts to nothing more than mob rule. Since politicians are required to win as many votes as possible, their policies are naturally watered down and thoroughly conservative.
What percentage of the average electorate can be considered to be politically educated or, dare I say, wise? When the population of a country votes according to the views of mass media and political broadcasting, what hope is there of truly progressive leadership? In our society, we find the lowest common denominator being the guiding principle…
Could we imagine our nations being governed by the wise? And what if these sages had absolute power… Would their benevolent dictatorship improve on our flawed democracy?
Would the moralist revolutionaries please step forward! You time is coming now…