This is an era of information
dissemination.  While our electoral set
up is electronically fool proof (yet to be enumerator wise); though electoral
reform as such has a little bearing on improvement of democratic functioning of
the executive and legislature but imperative it is that our electorate should
know about our parliamentary system, and constitution. If observed keenly, it
would be seen that generally the people are hardly aware of the system, its
functions, and its power, the role of MLAs, MPs, Mayor, Panchayat and
jurisdiction of theirs’ besides that of beurocracy. We usually study the
subject civics up to class VIII level except those who opt for political science,
and read it thoroughly. But, otherwise seldom we find any educative programme
on these issues in media (Govt., private both). What normally gets broadcast is
discussion among political parties and those are more a politics than
information. People usually cast (even educated) vote as the wave of a person
or party goes. This is one of the ills of education. There should be curricula
about our own planning process; role of finance, parliamentary and judiciary
system. The curricula should be spread up to class XII. 

 As regards democracy, democratic process means
compatibility and conduciveness in functioning. A good democratic process
allows control on prices. A balanced democracy allows PPP to evenly spread
across all sectors. For a sound democracy we have to prove that vigorously
competitive politics in a democracy can achieve a sufficient consensus to be
able to implement this difficult but necessary policy choice we face.
Entrepreneurship should therefore be the key to success of our democratic system
and hence to be thrust upon in all sectors. Again, in a true democratic system,
education (formal, nonformal both) is held as the most important factor and
continuous quality up gradation is required. 
Further, our prevalent caste system at times puts a hurdle on
transparency in functioning (SC, ST OBC and Minorities). Several questions
could be posed like why we should, still (after 67 years of independence) give
preference to highly educated SC/STs, Minorities etc. Why a particular minority
class should enjoy special marital right (not applicable to Govt servant) even
today. Why Members of Parliament/ MLAs should not have any eligibility criteria
like a Govt. servant.  Why the pay
packets of PSUs and Govt. are not the same after all Govt too is indirectly
contributing to the revenue earning. Why jobs in private are so insecure.  Why cadre services should enjoy more
direct/indirect benefits than ex-cadre/scientific cadre personnel. Why not
informal sector personnel should have scale of pay and why there should be an
artificial price rise of real estates and regarding this whether any study by
M/O Urban development/NBCC/ CBRI (Roorkee) has been done. Much of democracy
lies in our intangible feelings, like sense of equality which needs to be
spread.  There is another factor which
many a times goes against the concept of democracy like stamping any
institution (IITan, IIMian etc- nothing great about these; many a engineering
colleges and other management Institutes are at par – not necessarily
exceptional intelligentsia lie only in IIT, IIM- an age old false perception we
have been holding). Besides above, another important issue which could be
highlighted is Govt’s special dependence on Gazetted officers. Like for any
attestation or character certificate one has to go to a Gazetted officer; hence
our viewpoint needs to be changed. All the officers of PSUs/Public sector banks
and teachers of Central and State universities are appointed through Police
verification; hence they should be equally empowered to do so.
On our official procedure   there are many a things those could be
modified, like various forms of letters   i.e. Demy Official, OM, UO etc. There should
be only one form of letter.  Regarding
making applications to Govt. Agencies, if one goes through UPSC form- 6 pages;
whole history- Read, Write, Speak etc! 
Further sometimes in our official noting, we ridicule communication
technology like for example “Pl. speak”. Why? The officer should pick up phone
and can just communicate. Another ill is “On line”. Day is not far when we will
go for online DARSHAN of KEDARNATH. Computer   system should not   be
used to that extent as it would sidetrack pains & pleasures of human   life. Govt. has taken it for granted that
even walls of offices should be computer savvy on their own. (!!) which largely
is not the case.   Again, if Govt. can impose ICT across all the
sectors (without arranging proper training curricula), then Hindi which is our
National language should also be imposed. It has not been done for lack of political
will. Obviously hidden &intrinsic hypocrisy still exists among our
Parliamentarians & Planners. Like, bilingual computers are still not in
popular use in Central Govt. offices. None of the top officials of any State
converse with center in Hindi during a meeting .Minutes are first written in
English, sent; and then translated in Hindi only for “A” category states and
not for others. Current Rail budget was officially announced, spoken in English
in media, the other day. Difficult, pretty difficult it is for us to have, in
use, one National official language as in past 67 years this was preached aloud
and practiced least.

If introspected on educational & knowledge
standards, it may be seen that Google culture has already taken us much away
from   library. Library readership has
asymptotically gone down. We are producing more literate than educated than
learned than thinkers. Original thoughts are a very few and after perhaps 1960,
we had hardly any visionary or thinkers. Our highly informed/educated
parliamentians have deliberately shed their thinking process for basic educational
reforms and making it liberal. The Education Policy which we had been having
around & abound could not yet bring down/bridge the disparities in fee
structures in higher education which are noticeable. There is no corpus funding
drawn from various PSUs and Private Majors to help poor but calibered students.
Perhaps we can ill afford such a costly education. There should be one fee
structure for all Engineering & Medical Colleges and subsidized.  Presently admissions are based on marks;
rather it should be first come first serve basis –based on minimum qualifying
marks (Like 55%).  It has been presumed
over the years that only high percentiles have rights for higher &
specialized studies. There are on records examples:- High school-First
Division, Intermediate-Failed(cleared next year), Graduation-third division, Post
Graduation-First Division ; retired as Dean of a Faculty.

3. Ours is a vast country with
diversified ethnicity and culture. Easier said than done we require dedication of our legislature /parliamentarian
particularly those with finance and law portfolio to ponder upon various issues
which could be made coherent for better functioning of the govt.
4. Our vanities of education are so
high that we very often forget to pay as much attention to the means as to its
end.