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Democracy is designed to fail. We need a benevolent dictator.

By on Feb 8, 2013 | 5 comments

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India is gearing up for the 2014 elections and all I see in the news is speculations and debates about who’ll be the prime minister of India next year. I personally am supporting Modi and if BJP declares Modi has their PM candidate, I’ll vote for BJP. Ramchandra Guha wrote an article in The Hindu titled “The Man Who Would Rule India” and it tries to convince us that Modi will become a dictator and that’ll be a failure of the Indian democracy.

There were times I used to think Democracy is ‘the way’ for the nations. But over the time, my thoughts have changed. I’m kind of convinced that democracy either cannot exist or if it exists, it’s designed to fail. ‘Of the people, by the people, for the people’ just does not work! ‘Majority Wins’ is not always the best solution. What majority of the people think may not be always in the best interest of the people. There were times when majority of people used to think that the Earth is flat; but one visionary proved everyone wrong!

India needs a benevolent visionary who can lead by example and get the things done with speed. In these times, I do not think we have an option other than Modi. Do you agree?


  1. CircularSquare

    February 14, 2013

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    Don’t pay too much attention to Ramchandra Guha. He is what is known as Apologist. Even if he wants to praise Narendra Modi he will do so with apprehensions because of fear of offending the so-called liberals. To his credit he considered Rahul baba is unsuitable too. But that was only an aside.

    When BJP first came to power liberal media predicted that India would become like Nazi Germany. Did anything like that happen?

    I am not a big fan of BJP but I am a fan of change. And we need a change from the UPA.

  2. CircularSquare

    February 14, 2013

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    a relevant joke :-
    Modi believes in P2G2 – pro people good governance

    Rahul Baba believes in PG2 – Priyanka Gandhi too

  3. PranavP

    March 13, 2013

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    What India really needs is not the current democracy nor does it need a dictatorship.

    The current democratic system is a failure since the citizens usually vote for a person who is a good liar or actually speaks the truth but changes due to the other corrupted politicians around him. This is what leads the current democratic system to be a failure.

    A dictatorship might work out in India, but the citizens cannot be sure about the dictator making the country a better place or making it worse for his own benefits. So why take the chances with dictatorship.

    Now, what we really need is a complete democratic system. A system where everyone gets to vote on everything that should happen or should not in the country of India. This system will definitely work but someone will have to come up with a plan to make this work.

    In the future, I am thinking of coming back to India from where I live right now. Come back to India and try to become a politician and hopefully one day the president so I can make this plan as in the above paragraph work. I have been planning all of this for a long time. Once I do become the president, I will execute my plan to change the country for good. My plan is based on changes that can be made in reality and not just thought about in one’s mind. It will definitely take years to change India from what it is now to a better country for all, but it is not impossible.

    Thank you,
    Pranav P.

    • The Big K

      March 13, 2013

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      PranavP : Your points are valid but democracy ‘assumes’ ideal world where what the majority decides is the right direction. Politicians make sure that they corrupt people’s minds so that they cannot decide what’s obviously right and what’s wrong.

      The government controls the media and uses it like a puppet to bend and twist reality. Indians were brainwashed about FDI and people think this country can do no good without foreign help. The point I’m driving home is that democracy relies on what majority thinks – and it may not always be in the best interest of the people.

      India does need a dictator who is a benevolent visionary. Democracy is like a ‘corporate meeting’ – everyone has a say and nothing really comes out unless there’s one leader who understands what’s right and what’s wrong.

      • PranavP

        March 13, 2013

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        Yes, we need a person who provides the choices (sometimes based on the feedback of the citizens) to the citizens and the citizens vote on it, not just one person ruling as a majority.

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