On Elections

Considering that both India and the US have elections this year (India in April-May and the US in November), one thing surprises me. Why don’t the challengers (the Congress Party in India, and John Kerry in the US) name their complete administrations – the people who would be in various positions of power if they won the elections. Governance is not just done by a single person. Releasing a manifesto is not good enough. I want to know the alternatives – person-for-person. What does this also do is to provide a wider platform for debates as there will be more people who will be discussing specific issues (what falls under them), rather than just one person talking about everything.

This is like the shadow cabinet that exists (?) in the UK. What we need is a shadow cabinet pre-elections.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.