Why Corporate Involvement In Politics Is A Problem
- Neither Modi nor Rahul are designated leaders of the BJP and Congress, NDA or UPA. What if a different, unheard-of leader emerges from their flock or outside?
- The projection of this man or that, this policy or that, runs counter to federal impulses in a large, multi-lingual, multi-interest country where regional parties are booming.
- Are business and media houses merely providing the stage for differing views and personalities, or are they openly setting the political agenda in troubled times?
- Head-to-head debates may work in homogeneous America. Soapbox oratorical tests are unsuited for heterogeneous India, which is why politicians have spurned it.
- In a parliamentary democracy, elected MPs, not business bodies, choose the prime minister. Usurping that role to thrust candidates is an affront to the voter.
- Sans deep questioning, all we get is a sales pitch. Bite-sized ad slogans (“India First”) and aphorisms...