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Do Opinion Polls Distort Electoral Results

Whatever I say over this blog doesn't matter ? Results are Results. We have to live with those results.

Democracy is a myth of choice. And the choice which you make is you want your candidate to win, but there is a certain probability that your choice might not win the Election very much similar to the probability of the candidate winning the election. This makes it a tough choice. I certainly believe there are three types of people who are part of our Electorates.

1. Who Vote for their traditional Party who they have adored and followed all their lives.
2. Who Vote for the one they prefer, mostly these are the people who swing the Elections from one side to the another. Opinion polls have an effect on these voters, thus distorting results.
3. Those who don't Vote, and don't mind/like whoever comes to power. Some don't vote due to various other circumstances (out-of-town, working, etc.,), but those people either belong to the first 2 categories in most Elections, so di…

Can Bribing be Curbed by Punishing the Bribe Taker Alone ?

Consider this option which is being hotly debated by none other than the Chief Economic Adviser for the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Kaushik Basu, http://finmin.nic.in/WorkingPaper/Act_Giving_Bribe_Legal.pdf . Read the above paper to enlighten yourself.

The gist of the paper is this. A few type of bribes such as giving bribe to fulfill a duty of a government official. For example, a government official accepting bribes to issue Driving License or Community Certificate, even though it is his duty to perform that job. These types of Bribes are called as Harassment Bribes, where the public is harassed to get what is rightfully theirs. There are lot of instances of such bribes. The paper suggests to let go the Bribe giver and punish the Bribe taker. Thus, curbing the Bribe request itself. Because if the Bribe giver complains to the proper authorities the Bribe taker will only be punished. And it is in the best interest of the Bribe giver because he/she will get their money back.

Surely this w…

Politics & Governance

I have been mulling about this blog post for most of my educated life, at least after I became a voting citizen. I as a citizen am not convinced in the system working to the betterment of the people. There needs to be some tough decisions taken to prevent favoritism, partiality, corruption, & generally accountability of the governance done by people elected to their respective post.

The representatives of people are should be aware of the people's mandate throughout their tenure and they need to know that their whole political career can be ousted with one small mistake. Such should be the process such that we make sure valuable people are elected and even if there is a mistake done by the electoral mandate, the people have the power to oust and re-elect the representatives.

First of all I am sick of the Party-Politics which has grown like a weed throughout the nation. Party politics encourages politicians to involve in favoritist, partial agendas with divisive goals such as r…

Indian Education System & Professionals

Lots have been written about Indian Education System and how it is churning out graduates and post-graduates like a chugging machine with relentless volume. There have been many comments that the education imparted on these institutions are not parallel to what the industry wants.

I would almost second that opinion. But certainly the Education System has put in place all that is necessary to gain talent which are required by the graduate or the post-graduate. As a functioning system, there are places which are ignored which ultimately ends in the students getting just a degree and not been imparted the knowledge to get going in the industry. That's why we can say that most of our students look forward to the campus interview & a job in the industry rather than creating a new firm to produce something new.

It also points to the way the Graduate & Post-Graduate Research Projects are conceived, created and documented. If we watch the exact practice of all these efforts, we mi…

The Indian World Cup Triumph!

Funny how great things get, I believe the feeling hasn't sunk in yet in me. It was just another day, just another match. I felt goosebumps when India were chasing and Sachin got out. But, still I just hung in there for completion of the match. I didn't move a lot because of the worry that a wicket might fall. It did fall when something changed, Kohli got out. But after that nothing mattered till the winning runs were scored. I made sure nothing changed. It still hasn't sunk in. We have seen 1983 images throughout our life-time, that happened when I would have been 4 years old.

I have been following the world cup all those years, from 1987, when India went out because Gatting swept. I did feel happy when he lost it with a similar sweep in the Final, but the disappointment was still there. In 1992, I cherished our win against Pak, but I had to say to myself -> we had beaten the to be world champions in a cracker, so we are the true champions. In 1996, all went to hell be…