The elections are the biggest festival of democracy. In a multi-party and diverse nation like ours, various mutually antagonistic ideologies exist and so does the friction between parties. The campaign is usually marked by feverish speeches, allegations and counters. In their attempt to capture power, parties often dangle the tempting subsidies, waivers and freebies in front of the electorate. Such situations are on the rise and have mostly negative implications in the long run:
- Making empty promises and rhetoric amounts to lying, morally. Mostly these are stated without much foresight and calculations.
- Empty promises are usually aimed at hugely subsidizing or waiving off debts which in the long turn creates more deficit. Such illogically executed plans drain off taxpayers money. For example subsidizing petrol would benefit the rich and middle class who use private vehicles for transport but not the vehicles less poor. The money spent on paying subsidies could have been used to build more public transport system.
- In bid to keep promises, the relations between parties governing at different levels often gets friction. Strained relations prompt blame games and spill over to next elections.
- Voters are often polarized along various lines due to such rhetoric. Sections of voters often have conflicting interests and one stands to gain at the cost of the others.
- Continuous empty promises lead to frustration amongst voters eventually undermining confidence on all parties.
In my opinion, empty promises and rhetoric do more harm than good. Though some promises are kept, most are not and thus continues the cycle of unfulfilled promises. This practice can be curbed by asking parties to publish, along with their manifestos, a future roadmap regarding how they plan to achieve their targets and an impact assessment of the same.
The promise of offering freebies to people by political parties if they are voted to power is now a common feature during elections in India. What is your opinion on this issue? Do you think such promises are against the principles of democracy? Also examine what would be the effect on economy if such promised freebies are given to people. (200 Words)