India is hailed as the world’s biggest democracy, but what percentage of the population has full access to democracy — as say measured in the European Union or the United States. What percentage face sanctions of punishment for voting against what the special interest goup of their neighbourhood dictates?
In his blog, Riding the Elephant, my colleague John Elliott points out the links between India’s criminal and political societies. He identifies the www.nocriminals.org website that shows that one in five Members of Parliament elected in India’s 2004 general election had pending criminal cases against them, either awaiting trial or on appeal after conviction. About half the cases are for murder, violent robbery or rape.
What type of democracy is that?