I Often Wonder…

I often wonder whether there is some substance,
when people say democracy is the best form of governance…

When I see leaders irrespective of education and age,
engaging in duels using the same foul language…

When I see dishonest and illiterate goons getting elected,
by using money and muscle power and spreading hatred…

When a competent and forthright person gets outwitted in elections,
due to parochial considerations and other mean machinations…

I wonder when majority of voters get swayed so easily,
by caste, creed, region, religion, booze and freebies…

When the poor get poorer, and unemployment is on the rise,
while bribery and corruption are growing out of size…

I wonder when quota and reservation throttle the meritocracy,
in the name of equality, justice, freedom and democracy…

It’s true that a nation can’t think of a better alternative form,
but we surely need fine-tuning to make it really perform…

–Kaushal Kishore
images: pixabay



  1. Great Post Kausal and I’ve been wondering the same thing as well, to the point that I couldn’t write much…. but today the veil of illusion broke ,but it’s still so damn perplexing, never mind heart wrenching. 💖💖💖🙏🙏

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    1. Thank you, Cindy for reading and sharing your beautiful reflections. In fact the feelings across the democracies are almost the same, but the irony is that we have to contend with what we have.💐💖🙏

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  2. So true depiction. We really do need capable and efficient politicians to choose from. Some criteria must be fixed for the persons eligible to become politicians just like CEO s of industries. Sadly our options are so limited 😞

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    1. Yes, our options are limited, as the lawmakers can legislate for raising their own salary and perks, but not limit their erratic ways of functioning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts!!


  3. The old saying that people deserve who they vote for rings true, Kaushal, here (UK), the foul language in our Parliament shames the MP’s we should be able to respect.

    I don’t think that it is possible to prevent people from climbing the greasy pole of politics;
    the attraction of welding the power is too powerful!

    Thank you, Kaushal, for this apt post in the time of various elections everywhere in the world.


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    1. I agree with you, Joanna. If goons and criminals fight for elections, who vote for them or who don’t take pains to go to polling booth for casting their votes. There are so many anomalies, and we can’t say that we are not responsible for this mess. The so-called good people call politics a cesspool and keep themselves away. Thank you, Joanna for your thoughtful comment!


  4. Democracy works for developed countries where the systems are fully functional, but for developing countries where structures haven’t even been put in place, not so much. It’s truly unfortunate that there isn’t a better alternative like you said. Or a fine-tuning where democracy is individually tailored to fit each national structure.

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    1. It depends. Do you remember the attack on the Capitol building in Washington DC.? I’m not aware of your country’s system, but our democracy is now more than seven decades old. Full structures are also available. But what matters is the people who are responsible to run it. So we have to find a better alternative in the existing system. Thank you, Tia for reading and sharing your constructive ideas.

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      1. Yes I remember the capitol building attack. Thinking about that now, I remember how shocking that was on many levels. It certainly dug holes in the idea of a perfect democracy. It’s very refreshing to be able to hear views from different points and broaden our perspectives. Thanks KK for the opportunity!

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