Why are the Indian Political parties still deep-rooted in the nepotistic feudal system?
The democratic system should always work on meritocracy when selecting its party leaders. If you look around every state political party in Indian, they are deeply rooted with a nepotic feudal structure in place. On the contrary, if you look at western democracy, it’s is predominantly based on meritocracy, classic examples would be Barck Obama, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger the former Governor of California. In Britain, Margert Thacher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jeremy Corben, Gerri Bird, Alan Johnson, there is nothing to suggest that political parties function on the nepotistic feudal credential.
However, one could argue there could be some exceptions in Europe, but certainly not the way it is deep-rooted in Indian political parties.
Very interestingly, many Indians, even first-generation economic diaspora migrated to the west have been very successful. Needless to say, all those who have been successful were purely on their merit. But why not in India?
It is very disappointing and painful to see that our Political parties are, even now, merely or prominently functioning under the old notion of the Law of Manu, every man and woman’s destiny is written whom they born. It has to change, political leaders must not keep their political goodwill kept in their ‘will’ where they did not have to even pay inheritance tax, it is not something that can be inherited at all.
It is not a problem in one party, but the deep-rooted in almost every Indian political party. But, the Indian left seemed different, but I don’t know how could they see themselves as left. But they follow the path of other communist parties in other countries, so their relevance in Parliamentary democracy in India has become immaterial and/or irrelevant.
It has to start from the state level, and the congress party could only bring this change in India. Certainly, a top-to-down change would be next to impossible in the Indian context. So it has to be bottom to top change and it must be a gradualistic approach. More importantly, it must not be a change overnight, which would be a catastrophic disaster.
We could see a light at the end of the tunnel, as Kanaya Kumara and Jignesh Mevani, politicians merely on meritocracy, joined Congress Party, so change might be possible?