How democratic is Indian Constitution?
Democracy by definition is a form of government by the people; especially : rule of the majority by a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections. But in Indian democracy, the role of people is over by the close of polling on election day. After that they have no control on anything relating to governance.
The Prime Minister is not elected by the people. Even a person who has not even put himself up before the people can become prime minister. The present prime minister has not faced people. Once he did participate in election but was rejected by the people. Yet I is claimed that the Prime Minister represents people.
India’s Home Minister and Minister for Civil Aviation were rejected by the people in last election but Prime Minister has taken them in his cabinet. He did not respect the will of the people. Yet it is claimed that PM and those politicians who were defeated in polls represent people.
Take the case of President. If President was elected by the people then they would have again elected the out going President. Every body knew it. Even these so-called “representatives of people” knew it. But they did not respect the will of the people. And a person not known to people was made President. It was an open insult of the people. The majority was overruled by one person. Yet it claimed that President represents people.
Indian democratic governance system comprises various constitutional institutions, Government, Legislature, Judiciary, Election Commission. Out of these, Legislature has been given maximum powers with almost no accountability and no qualification for becoming its members. . On the other hand, to become member of other constitutional institutions one has to arm oneself with high qualifications and experience.