Political Dynasties

Mail Today has carried a comprehensive story on political dynasties in India. Another article carried in the edit page today argues that power ought not to be given on a platter to lateral entrants to politics. The author’s critique of Shashi Tharoor making it to the MEA, right after his maiden contest and success in the Lok Sabha polls, without any prior exposure to politics, is interesting. Is there scope for political/legal/constitutional reform to discourage dynasties and lateral entrants to politics from making political contest in a democracy uneven?

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Tarunabh Khaitan
Tarunabh Khaitan
12 years ago

i dont think we can club the issue of dynastic politics with ‘lateral entrants’. if someone like shashi tharoor has demonstrated his expertise in an area, and then is available to be picked up for ministership by virtue of his election to parliament, i dont see why the PM should not make use of that expertise. ‘experience’ can be gained through many avenues, not just politics. of course, once you become a minister, the westminster system requires you to have political accountability, and therefore parliament membership. the issues regarding political rookies is completely separate from that of dynastic heirs.

How do we know
How do we know
12 years ago

i agree with Tarunabh on this. Was about to write the same thing. However, lateral entry, like in other spheres, should be evaluated for relevant application.

K.V.DHANANJAY
K.V.DHANANJAY
12 years ago

So, Shashi Tharoor is not welcome into Indian politics?

I can see, he must have threatened the old establishment and the SOS has already started everywhere. But, perceptions apart, is Shashi Tharoor really a threat to the old establishment? I do not think so.

The old establishment is too deeply entrenched into the affairs of this country and is likely to last much longer than they might now be estimating.