Often India is caught up between opposing parties, groups or institutions who offer their own ideologies and refuse to accept the other. There are long drawn debates in the assembly with no conclusions, there are rallies opposing the laws and then there are various attempts to take down the current government. Thus, within such diversity, its truest citizens often feel that what India needs is a decisive leader. Someone who can just take charge and run this country, with an iron hand. The term that comes to the mind, almost immediately, is of a dictator.
What is dictatorship? A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by an individual: a dictator. The concern is that we're interpreting dictator in the negative sense, and assuming that the dictator in question would necessarily restrict public opinion and impose further restrictions on its citizens. Also, another reason why it is looked down upon is because they hardly exist these days. However, 65 years on and India might be free, but it continues to be plagued by the same issues of poverty, economic inequality, illiteracy, un-curbed population growth, widespread corruption and the same old socio-economic issues of status.
Considering that these problems still continue to afflict the system, one feels that a strong, able-minded leader could in fact cure the country of these ailments. Here are three reasons why a dictator could be the right medicine for India's debilities.
Firstly, dictatorship will breed development through straightforward decision-making. A dictator being the all powerful head of the state will face no opposition from other parties as in a democracy. He will thus have complete freedom to execute his decisions which might breed development. Many respected economists feel that a dictator infuses more fiscal stimulus into the economy, without much opposition. He could also make some bold decisions about critical areas of the economy like FDI, infrastructure, make crucial laws go through on social ills like bribery and dowry, which are still unbelievably widespread in large parts of India. Thus we can worry less about the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer, thanks to corruption and beaurocracy. Things like trade can flourish, unfair system of taxation could be changed, and discipline be instilled instead of the widespread practice of “jugaad”.
Secondly, dictatorships regimes can be a path for countries such as India to move on from civil wars and terrorism and focus on development. This is because terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and the likes do not favor democracy, their sole purpose is to create their view of a state which is imposed through terror and war. Thus, a dictator would most definitely restrict new political parties, which preach terrorism or extremism, from being established. Thereby controlling their access to the print or media, what they could say and their involvement in election manipulations. And by attempting to control the activities and funding of such extremist organizations, it could diminish Indians access to important political agendas in the democratic processes. China, for example, has remained completely insulated from wars or terrorist attacks.
Thirdly, dictatorships help achieve social equality and stability. Because there is no opposing party trying to bring down the current government, the social control exercised by dictatorships allows them to prevent financial losses due to strikes, riots, and keep low criminality rates. Thus improving the conditions of the society and making it more attractive to investors and immigrants. While democracies tend to favour the rich, a dictator will ensure that there is no misuse of public funds and time. Also, a where law and order is disrupted time and again, dictatorship is definitely going to help curb this act. Even in the 21st century Indian women are vulnerable and rape and molestation cases are reported throughout the country from upscale cities to the remote villages. India needs a really strong leader who can make the country safe enough for our women to move around fearlessly, with their heads held high.
Alot of Indians still feel that optimistic enough that a democracy will spell better days for India, but as more and more youth become frustrated with the current conditions, the country could might as well consider this change for a better and brighter future. The blood, sweat and tears of our freedom fighters has given us the nation, today, we fondly call India. It was their dream to craft a nation which would offer its citizens economic stability, social equality and global recognition. Much of it is yet to be achieved as India is still caught between corruption and illiteracy. It is perhaps time for one person to take over and align the country with the dreams of our beloved freedom fighters, our fore-fathers