Following Lord Sri Rama to Save Democracy

Ramarajya is held as the ideal society and Rama is hailed as the ideal king in India. There are three main morals that we can learn from Ramayana. The first is following one's own word. Lord Sri Rama keeping his word to his father relinquished the throne and went to the forests. Even though he had to face innumerable odds he never went back on his promises. Sri Rama always followed the law even when it caused him great pain. He sent his beloved wife Sita to the forests because there was a custom (or a law) in their kingdom that if a woman stays in another man's house, whatever the reason may be, she has to be sent away. But ultimately if a law or rule is outdated and causing harm to citizens or society Rama changed it on people's demand. As the king adopted these principles they were also followed by the people at that time. Thus the society became Ramarajya – an ideal society as held in India.

To achieve Ramarajya and to save democracy political parties too have to follow these morals. They have to abide by the promises they make to the people before elections. They should implement the law in word and spirit. Changing bad laws happens when the laws are made only with the consent of the people.

But how can they implement this in practice? It is very simple. They should follow the principle of 'doing what is said and doing only what is said'. Instead of making just empty promises to the people they should bring out the drafts of the laws they are going to enact to realise their goals. These drafts laws should be kept in their website and also be submitted  to the election commission. So they should be legally bound to enact only these laws exactly as in their draft after the elections. This ensures that only the people's mandate is being implemented. If a party violates this rule i.e. they are unable to enact a law exactly as in their draft or if they enact some other law then they should be banned from contesting elections for the next 6 years.

A simple question is to whom will you give money to build your house? Will you give it to a builder who makes empty promises to build a “great” house without giving any details? Or will you give it to a builder who gives a detailed blueprint along with all the materials he will use and the time frame within which he will complete the house? Obviously we will choose the second one. In fact we make agreements that if the builder violates the provisions we will have legal recourse against him or her. This ensures that the builder does not violate the agreement.

The sad thing is that we do not demand the same from political parties. What MOSDEM demands is that there should be a legal recourse against political parties if they do not implement their “blueprint” i.e. their manifesto. At present the manifestos of parties are mostly just slogans and wishful thinking. There is no indication of concrete steps that will be taken to realise those goals. We need parties to detail the exact drafts of the laws that they are going to enact when they get elected because laws are the means to attain the goals promised.

This results in discussion in society about the details because the “devil is in the details” as we all know. When the people vote for a particular party they know exactly what they are voting for and by ensuring that the party enacts the laws exactly as they promised, thus the people are assured that what they voted for actually gets implemented. Only then, by following the path of Lord Sri Rama, by following their own promises, can the political parties and leaders bring Ramarajya. Until then our democracy will be deeply flawed. MOSDEM opines that Ramarajya is the real democracy – Real democracy is Ramarajya.



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