In a slum close to my place lives my housemaid with her two children and husband. She mentioned that during elections political party workers visit the area and distribute money and push people to vote for their party. Last state-election in spite of the vigilance, a local party did manage to visit her area and offer Rs. 1000 to people with voters’ card. My housemaid regretted not being there while the money was being distributed. She told me that her sisters are very clear that they will vote only if offered money and vote only for those who give them money.
Such deprived areas are easy vote banks for political parties. However, the important questions are – why are such political parties still in existence; how do they get away with all this all the time; and why can’t intelligent well-meaning political science students take up the challenge of being the government and making a difference in governance?
Here are some thought-provoking answers by Pablo Iglesias, the general secretary of Spain’s newest political party. In less than a year, his party has impressively captured 8 percent of the vote and is now the second largest party in Spain by membership. Mr. Iglesias talks about why the general population cannot understand the language of great political revolutionaries, analysts or activists.