Parliamentary Democracy puts rider on Dictatorial tendencies!

From the past few months, the BJP is eagerly trying to make the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 as one between two Prime Ministerial candidates. That’s between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi.

This over enthusiasm of BJP has led to a situation, where many young men and women in this country have started believing that the Presidential form of democracy, where the electorate directly elects the Head of  State (The Head of the Country) , is the right form of Government for India.

IndiaI’m not saying, such a view of the electorate has no merit in it; I’m only saying that India chose the Parliamentary form of Government for some strong reasons.

In a parliamentary form of Government, the citizens elect their representatives and the party with most elected representatives, chose their Leader, who becomes the Prime Minister of the country.

One of the main reasons for choosing the parliamentary form of government in India, is that a parliamentary form of government puts a rider on the PM. So that autocratic and dictatorial tendencies don’t raise their Head.

From the past 30 years, India is seeing Coalition Governments, that’s Government formed by multiple parties. This many a times ties down the hands of the PM and his/her ministers in implementing contentious policies. But there’s also a silver lining here, such restriction puts a positive restraint on the PM not to go wayward. If the MPs in the parliament collectively see a certain policy not good; then why grant special powers to the PM to act on his own. This also means, the PM doesn’t become larger than Life – a key trait of an autocrat or dictator. And lets remember, a subdued petite looking leader is not that irritating as an egoist autocrat.