The losers of elections in our country trust the Election Commission and its processes unlike Donald Trump in the USA who has set a very bad precedent,” Quraishi said.
HYDERABAD, Jan 16 (The CONNECT) - Indian Democracy is in the limelight, especially after the recent US Presidential elections and the whole world is looking at India for its democratic values, said S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India.
Addressing a webinar organised by S. Jaipal Reddy Memorial Foundation he said the transition of power from outgoing Prime Minister to incoming Prime Minister in our country has been smooth. “We never see any problems on that front. The losers of elections in our country trust the Election Commission and its processes unlike Donald Trump in the USA who has set a very bad precedent,” he said.
“India has the most powerful Election Commission in the world. Our elections are considered as the Festival of Democracy,” said Quraishi.
He strongly ruled out compulsory voting. It doesn’t work. Compulsory and Democracy do not go hand in hand.
He also ruled out State Funding the Elections. Instead, the State can fund parties. All opposition parties together mobilised funds through private donations to the extent Rs 5000 crore in five years. If the state can give Rs 100 for every vote polled to the parties, it amounts to Rs 6000 crore funding, based on the last polled votes. Such funding can be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Qureshi said
Participating in the Webinar, N. Ravi, Chairman of Kasturi & Sons Ltd, described S. Jaipal Reddy as an outstanding political leader and great parliamentarian. He always stood for the democratic values.
Ravi described Ten Ideologies, the book authored by S. Jaipal Reddy, as extraordinary one.
R. Dileep Reddy, former state Information Commissioner and a veteran journalist said even in ancient times the process of democracy was used in the form of a gathering of public opinion to deliver good governance.
Anand Reddy, son of late S. Jaipal Reddy said, the trust was set up with the express purpose of promoting “democratic values and ideals which my later father believed and practiced”.