[This follows: Your vote does not count. The related articles are, ‘You did not vote!’, ‘You did not vote!’: Part II
Republic of India has had valuable experience of nearly sixty years working as a representative parliamentary democracy. The experiences have shown the strengths of its political system, while clearly exhibiting its weaknesses. One of the key weaknesses is that Indian political parties do not necessarily follow internal party democracy. And unless this is legislated and enforced through an external watchdog like Election Commission it can be safely surmised that political parties of India would not implement it voluntarily. Already a majority of Indians show disenchantment with Indian political system while the faith in the governance is eroding.
Indian political parties have escaped scrutiny of their inner workings and trappings, thereby undermining Indian democracy. Indian political parties’ method of selection of candidates and election of its leaders is not transparent, and in fact has all the features of autocratic machinations that are rooted in the very antithesis of a democracy. These selection methods promote nepotism, sycophancy, promotion of mediocrity, suppression of diverse point of view, unilateralism, apotheosis of certain individuals or families, idolization and veneration of leaders beyond what is considered respectable and reasonable.
The role of political parties in India now stands ambiguous, escaping accountability while getting away with undemocratic methods in choosing the candidates and electing the leaders. It is generally assumed that ‘primary function of political parties was to link the citizens with the government’ [Sartori]. Yet, a common man in India finds himself disconnected with the government essentially because the political party is acting as the barrier. Instead of facilitating that link, Indian political parties are monopolizing the access to government denying the common man his participation in the governance of the country.