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Democracy And Election Process Across The Globe

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The Beyond Management Initiative Session held on 17th August, 2016, featured honorable Mr. T.S. Krishnamurthy, IRS (Retd.), Former Chief Election Commissioner, Government of India.Mr.Krishnamurthy commenced the session with a brief overview of the drafting of our constitution amidst diverse culture, religion and castes. He explained how Democracy, though inherent with problems, is the best strategy and how its success depended upon the institution, the leaders and the people embracing it. He emphasized on the unique feature of our constitution that lays heavy importance on the independence of our Election Commission and corroborated it with the statement given by our neighbor nation –“If there is smooth transfer of power in India, it is only because of her robust and independent Election Commission”. He accredited the efficacy of the commission to Mr.T.N.Seshan, Chief Election Commissioner of India (1990-1996), who redefined the status and visibility of the Election Commission of India. The students also gained knowledge of the evolvement in the method of casting vote from the old paper ballot system to the present day Electronic Voting Machines and its robustness and efficiency.

Mr.Krishnamurthy enumerated the defects prevailing in the current Election system of India such as the First-Past-The-Post system in which the candidate with the majority of votes is deemed the winner,and compared it to the election system across the globe like Germany which follows this system along with the Proportional Representation. The students realized the importance of sound political parties with need for nationalized views rather than the ones with selective views catering to specific sections of the society as a ruse to garner votes from his speech. On the same note he explained the significance of Symbols and the various methods
of their selection by National, State and Other political parties. The difficulty in managing the whole process of election especially in certain areas such as Jammu and Kashmir vandalized by terrorism and states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, etc. by the activities of Naxalites made the listeners realize the arduous effort of the Election Commission of India during every election.

Mr.Krishnamurthy enumerated the defects prevailing in the current Election system of India such as the First-Past-The-Post system in which the candidate with the majority of votes is deemed the winner, and compared it to the election system across the globe like Germany which follows this system along with the Proportional Representation. The students realized the importance of sound political parties with need for nationalized views rather than the ones with selective views catering to specific sections of the society as a ruse to garner votes from his speech. On the same note he explained the significance of Symbols and the various methods of their selection by National, State and Other political parties. The difficulty in managing the whole process of election especially in certain areas such as Jammu and Kashmir vandalized by terrorism and states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, etc. by the activities of Naxalites made the listeners realize the arduous effort of the Election Commission of India during every election.

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