INFLUENCE OF MONEY
AND POWER IN
“WITH MONEY COMES POWER
AND WITH POWER COMES MONEY”
India has the largest democracy in the world, so it
becomes the responsibility of our political leaders to
nurture and enhance the Indian politics
But does it really happen???
Lets have a discussion!!
WHY INDIA IS UNABLE TO
No satisfactory mechanism for choosing the best
person in political arena.
Emotional decision making.
Lack of institutions to groom political talent.
Parties depend only on few charismatic personalities
to run the show. There is lack of better alternatives.
No suitable law for handling the cases of political
THE “GANDHI PAPER” POWER
• A game of smoke and mirror.
• Money has unfortunately become the synonym for
• Money power has become so dominant that there is
little chance for common man with honest intentions
to contest elections.
• Poor citizens are cajoled with bribing for votes
because they are vulnerable to the temptations of easy
money due to their desperate economic and social
• Political parties are responsible for this situation,
since they only consider the “win ability”(money
power) of the person for nominating him as the
• Of the candidates who secured their deposits by
winning at least one sixth of the votes, 87% were
Very Rich or Super Rich.
• The winners themselves, in 23 out of 24
constituencies, the seat went to a Super Rich, Very
Rich or Rich candidate.
• The Super Rich had an incredible success rate- 7
out of 10 candidates won.
MUSCLE POWER – THE BY PRODUCT OF
Muscle power in elections is possibly an even more alarming
factor in Indian politics.
According to a recent study by CSDS, money is a key factor in
increasing numbers of candidates and about 8 elected officials
with criminal backgrounds.
in 1997, at least 40 members of the Lok Sabha and about 700 of
the 4000 plus legislators in various states were “either history
sheeters or had been charge sheeted in criminal case” .
criminal elements think that they can escape punishment by
becoming a member of legislative bodies in the states or at the
centre, thus increasing the muscle power.
Some 17 years ago Vohra Committee submitted its report to curb
criminalization of politics but, no actual implementation in this
regard has still been made.
WHAT YOUNG INDIA WANTS
1) Solutions to reduce money power:
Regular surveys for checking the assets of persons in
RTI act should be further fine tuned.
Stringent punishment should be given to the
government officials who do not provide the
information sought by the citizens under RTI Act.
A special permanent court must be constituted to look
into money related scams during elections at the state
and central level.
Scrap MP/MLA constituency fund. The MP and
MLA constituency fund should be scrapped before
elections, as there are lot of evidence of illegal use of
2. Solution to reduce muscle power:
• To remove muscle power from current politics we have to
go back to basic values in political system.
• The mindset of people should change and the youth
should come forward to participate in politics.
• Voters should be enlightened on the importance of clean
and healthy political system and they should be motivated
to elect good representatives
• The print and electronic media should play the role of
catalyst, it should not be biased in exposing irregularities
at top level
• The media should educate people on the importance of
removal of muscle power from Indian political scene and
ushering in of new political culture.
The ground conditions have to be improved, so that men who value
certain code of ethics are enabled to come to the centre stage of
politics and contest in the elections.
those in pivotal positions like Prime Minister and Chief Ministers
should have the will and quality of mind set to combat corruption.
without eradicating corruption, it would not be possible to defeat
money power and muscle power in elections.
Introduce eye lens match electronic voting, so that bogus voting
could be eliminated.
Internal voting within a ruling party should be conducted in order to
eliminate paternal candidates to come to power.
Regular campaigning should be held regarding political awareness
among citizens with desperate economic and social conditions.
COMMON MAN ASKS??
Do we want our children to mop up the mess we left
behind or should we do it ourselves, now?
The next time we have an election do we practice our
rights, or shed it?
Silence is no longer golden; politician must start
talking now. Right?
Are we sending right people in the parliament?
Money spent on travel and residential expenditure of
politicians gives no returns. Wont the money spent on
welfare of common people do?
Why Common man’s life is not considered more
valuable than political profit?
Corruption is worse than terrorism. Terrorist just blows
off infrastructure, but corruption prevents the formation
Parties do not have formal stipend or salary system, so
how is a youth joining the political party expected to
survive, except through petty corruption?
According to electoral campaign rule, average
expenditure is limited to 25 lakh but practically on an
average 6-7 crore are spent. Where does this unaccounted
money comes from?
Muscle power is the bi-product of money power so ,
solution to all the problems having deep roots in politics
comes from the fact, if you want to strengthen the
democracy, you need to join it….