Our democracy is not about electing representatives. It is just another way to anoint Kings. Elections are still seen as a ritual and people participate in them with the sense of joy and elation rather than responsibility. Our MLAs and ministers are still powerless. Of course they have powers over the common people but no free will in front of the CM and his/her family. When our representatives do not have freedom, it’s futile to think that we have any.

We do not need constitutional amendments to bring about this change in mindset and the way our system functions. These are the matters that can be addressed at a party level. All parties need to encourage, practice and demonstrate democracy in their own systems first. Unfortunately we are miles away from such political parties.