Criminalisation of national politics has become a concern of burial plot concern among the Indian intelligentsia. And though the very best leaders coming from all political functions agree that those with criminal record should be debarred from contesting elections, the quantity of such people is only increasing. In 2004, about every fifth MPs a new criminal record, including some with charges of heinous offences such as killing, rape, dacoity and kidnapping.
Why does it happen?
The most important element, which establishes the solution distribution, may be the " winability" of the applicant. Hence many people with funds and muscles power are becoming tickets through the political parties. Another aspect that has played out an important role is that the legal elements feel that they can avoid punishment by simply becoming a member of legal bodies in the states or with the centre.
The bad implications
As goes this adage вЂ“ " Right now there ain't none in the world as a free lunch". A person with criminal background getting into politics will certainly demand his pound of flesh through the party in power to which usually he has extended support. Apart from seeking protection from the criminal cases going against him, he will probably also want a share through the developmental strategies going on in his areas. Therefore the government funds meant for the poor go into the pockets of these people.
Is there a way out?
In a convention organised by Public Curiosity Foundation (PIF) on Feb 19, 2009, several eminent people expressed their views on how to deal with the problem. Fali S Nariman, India's leading constitutional expert, emphasised about having a proper definition of individuals that can be called a criminal that could be those people who are charged with offences that involve a punishment of more than two years. Doctor Bimal Sarana, one of India's renowned economist and past Governor of Reserve Bank of India, who is the Chairman with the Public Fascination Foundation provided a story idea to tackle the situation. He said that since it can be...