"Democracy is built on the oft-tarnished ideal that any man or woman can get elected, but in India ... political dynasties, large and small, have proliferated so rapidly that ... nepotism is corroding the political system.” This is what an article in The New York Times says about India's democracy. There is more:
There are 1050 registered parties, but most have no inner-party democracy
9/32 Union Cabinet Ministers have political family links
31/58 women Parliamentarians have similar links
30 or more candidates in Maharashtra, including the son of India's President, are from political families.
“It has gotten into the DNA of the Indian political system,” says Jagdeep Chhokar, because politicians “trust family members more than outsiders”. Ordinary party workers are being shut out.
Is this democracy any more?
Picture: The New York Times