The ability of very wealthy individuals (or, as I will call them, the ‘super-rich’) to turn their economic power into political power has been—and remains—an important cause of political inequality. In response, this paper advocates an original solution. Rather than solving the problem through implementing a comprehensive conception of political equality, or through enforcing complex rules about ﬁnancial disclosure, etc., I argue that we should impose a choice on the super-rich.
The ability of very wealthy individuals (or, as I will call them, the ‘super-rich’) to turn their economic power into political power has been—and remains—an important cause of political inequality. Rather than solving the problem through implementing a comprehensive conception of political equality, or through enforcing complex rules about ﬁnancial disclosure, etc., I argue that we should impose a choice on the super-rich. The ability of very wealthy individuals (or, as I will call them, the ‘super-rich’) to turn their economic power into political power has been and remains an important cause of political inequality. In response, this paper advocates an original solution.
WHAT IS POLITICS?
politics is to execute and change the way of life in different terms through the power and maintain the frames of social structures, leading people, and the whole society to the specific determined type. whatever it is. it could be good, could be bad. Ideal politics would be to serve people and to do what is necessary for the ultimate good of all the people.
Politicians are not rich by default. It is rich people who become Politicians in India. The entry barrier is so high that unless you have a couple of crore rupees at your disposal, you cannot even think of an entry into Politics. In a democracy, people elect their government. If they do this without any bias, they will have better administrators who can lead the country to growth. Often in India, it is quite common for people to elect corrupt and seemingly honest but dishonest people to offices of power. Many people only bear caste, religion, or other vested interests in mind when they vote and thus, they get elected individuals who do not care for the development of the country. People are also equally responsible for the problems affecting their country.
It is a well-known fact that almost all politicians almost are rich in India. We see a politician from gram panchayat level to the Lok Sabha is either rich by inheriting property from their parents or maybe ancestor. This category of politicians consolidates their existing property. once they enter politics what we observe is that if something is mismanaged or misused in development works, the involvement of politicians is mentioned. Now, politicians simply deny their involvement, but they take the credit if some program is successfully implemented. Most of the politicians irrespective of cadres become rich by the end of their tenure. No serious inquiries or investigations are done about how they have acquired such huge property. If at all an inquiry is conducted the public will not be made known as to the outcome of the inquiry.
Added to this every politician has henchmen or political workers even these people also will have their share of illegal wealth. This is an open truth and people watching them know how they are getting richer day by day after starting their political career. I think a fair percentage of money or resources allocated for the implementation of development works is knocked off by politicians with the support of government servants.
We can easily make out politicians who have not been involved in any corrupt practices by their standard of living. Such a politician’s journey in politics abruptly ends. There is no stringent action against corrupt politicians. After so many years of independence we the people could not contain the rot in the political system. This process of corruption starts right from the day of the elections. A voter is an easy target of politicians. If something is to be done about the eradication of corruptive practices in politics, electoral reforms must be made, and the government servants should work honestly and do not succumb to the pressures of corrupt politicians. They must serve the public honestly and do not give any scope for corrupt practices.
Depends on the political system. Plutocracy: people with money are in power. Aristocracy: people with knowledge and wisdom. Democracy: people in general. Meritocracy: Based on their merits and accomplishments, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, the systems tend to be pervasive and degenerate. In theory, for a perfect democracy, everyone should have a saying in politics; nonetheless, the system has only allowed people with contacts, money, and power to get to politics. From there on it becomes a vicious cycle. Indian politics is not for the poor people to become rich; it is for the rich people to become richer and powerful. Rich people are not satisfied with wealth alone, many of them want power too. Money power can be defeated by political power, that is why many of the rich, want to enter politics. There are lucky persons too, who enter politics through side-ways. Political turmoil also gives chances to new entrants. There is no eligibility test to enter the political class, it is the self-confidence, strategy, and hard work that can push someone there. Move with the political section, involve in political activities, then you can know about your eligibility or ineligibility.
Author’s Name: Srija Singh (Amity Law School Noida)