India can play a role model for developed countries in Democracy says former Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. S.Y.Quraishi
“India has been able to empower women to run a country as PM whereas USA couldn’t do it even after 240 years of democracy” Dr. S.Y.Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner
“In order to keep politics out of the criminal elements of the society, we should strictly debar the candidates who have been charge sheeted from contesting the elections as in India it takes a long process to convict a person” said Dr. S. Y. Quraishi, former chief election commissioner of India. He was interacting with the students at the campus of Chandigarh University on the occasion of National Youth Summit “EVOKE-2017”. While speaking on holding simultaneous elections, Dr. Quraishi said, “One country one election is a good initiative by the government as it will save a lot of effort and money in organizing elections in India which is a mammoth task undertaken by Election Commission of India”. The former election commissioner urged the intellectual people such as teachers and lawyers to join politics and come forward to contest elections which will result in raising the bar of Indian politics.
While addressing the first time voters, Dr. Quraishi said, “India can play a role model for developed countries like USA where we have not only been successful in providing equal voting rights for men and women but also be successful in empowering women to become the Prime Minister of the country within 15 years of the first elections held in the country, while USA couldn’t encash the opportunity of electing women as its state head even after 240 years of democracy”. According to Dr. Quraishi, making education compulsory criteria to contest elections is not a good idea in India as we have seen the case in Haryana Panchayat Elections where the criteria to contest election had been announced as 8th pass, as a result of which about 85% of the women were declared ineligible to run for elections as the state has a poor female literacy rate”.
“Cash for vote will promote corruption as the candidate elected will ask for money to even perform his duty as an elected representative of the people” said Dr. S. Y. Quraishi. While replying the questions of the students, Dr. Quraishi said, “Casting ballot should not be made compulsory as it defeats the meaning of democracy where voters should be encouraged to cast their vote by educating them but should not be forced to do so”. The former election commissioner advised the university to start Democracy Club for the youth where they can seek education and knowledge about the political system of our country.
“Providing means to earn livelihood should be the main issue which political parties should focus on rather than Education, health and roads” said Dr. Promod Kumar, Chairperson of Punjab Governance Reforms Commission (PGRC). “Youth is coming forward to join political system of the country as we see many young faces who are now contesting elections and getting elected” said Mr. Ramesh Vinayak, Resident Editor, Hindustan Times. While replying to the question of opinion polls, Mr. Vinayak said, “Opinion Polls have no creditability and should not be referred by the voters as they can be managed or influenced to favor a political party”. Other panelists who participated during the Evoke-2017 included young entrepreneur, Ravneet Gill Brar, model turned actor, Ashutosh Kaushik and news anchor, Anurag Dixit.
As elections have been announced in 5 states of Punjab, Uttar Pardesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, it is important to understand the youth related issues as the population below the age group of 35 years forms that major chunck of the society in India, so the university selected the theme for “Evoke-2017” as First Time Voters: Concerns & Aspirations.