As I was stepping out of my car, I saw a water tanker coming in to our apartment society. Curiously, I tried to read the name of water supplier painted on the tanker. The name was Mayur Bhau Kalate. The name looked familiar. Just three months ago, this person had contested and won the municipal council election.
Why do I remember his name ?
I do because my maid told me that she is going to vote for him. I asked why. She said because someof his election manager has paid her 2000/= in cash . He has also given her a silver bowl. I asked if she was the only one who got paid. She said, no!! every one in the servants’ colony have been paid. Rs 2000/ family.
I was wondering about the economics of it. How many families did he have to buy to win the elections. How will he recover ?
Our society doesnt get its normal share of water from the corporation. It kills the business of the councillor if we get enough water. Why should he allow. He has spent enough in elections . Now is his time to get RoI and also prepare a corpus for next bigger election.
We have an Agriculture minister who owns numerous sugar mills. Why should he not increase the price of sugar every now and then ? Why should he not let millions of tonnes of food grains rot in ware house if all these lead to his gain
I realized, its just people like me, living in socieities who are funding their wealth and prosperity.
What is the solution ?
I guess ,the following may change things :
- State funding of elections : When people have to pump money to win elections, there is no way to regulate it. The amount of money wealthy candidates can pump in makes it impossible for any one else to even give a fight.
- Media CSR : Electronic media and print media as a part of their CSR should be made to allott a portion of their inventory to every body contesting for free of a minor fee. Even poorer candidates ca get their message across. Every candidate gets same exposure.
- Common Election meetings : A standard platform should be made where each candidate can come and talk on a holiday about her value as representative. Celebrities can perform to attract and retain the crowds.
My belief is : If we take the money and corruption out of electoral process, many a problem may just become less by huge margins . What is your recipe