Some time back, Ram Guha had come up with some suggestions to make the "the political process more efficient and more sensitive to the needs of the citizens".
At the end of the third phase of polling, LK Advani came up with three concrete suggestions:
- fixed five-year tenure for assemblies and the Lok Sabha to avoid midterm elections and ensure stability
- compulsory voting, and
- to have elections in January/February rather than in the middle of an excruciatingly hot summer
E Raghavan in the DNA finds that "all of them are actually pretty good ideas" and then adds, some measures "Advani and others can consider without waiting for electoral reforms at all":
First, get the Parliament to meet for more days than it currently does.
...Second, would all political parties in Parliament agree that if they have issues to ventilate and agitate about, they would do so without disrupting business?
...Lastly, there are certain reforms Advani can unilaterally bring about in his party and force others to follow before asking for changes in the law to make ordinary voters accountable and not indifferent to the electoral process.
How about you? Agree? Disagree? Have your own suggestions?