For one it may be thought ‘out of place’ to compare Indian Politics with US Politics. For a change let us compare these two so called distant eco systems.
We generally tend to think Indian politics is the result of the thought process of a large number of uneducated, unprivileged, primitive thinking people as against more refined educated, elite, world class electorate of US. Therefore it may look inappropriate to compare the two political ecosystems. It is being debated that today US political system is largely dysfunctional as far as important policy decisions are to be taken for the common good of the people and to bring out the economy from current mess. The so called ‘free thinking features’ of world’s most refined democracy are proving to be fatal to the country’s destiny. One such important legal feature of the US political system is proving to be very detrimental to the growth of US economy is the ‘political lobbying’. In fact if we look at the state of affairs of the ‘political decision making’ and consensus for important legislations required for US policy making, ‘lobbying’ is the only way to get certain laws passed albeit more favoring the lobbyist than the common Americans. Otherwise the partisan nature of the US politics which has plagued the US political ecosystem in recent decades is making it difficult to allow policy makers to get their legislations passed through consensus among democrats and republicans. The divide between the two major parties is so huge and so opposed to each other that good sense is finding it difficult to prevail. Important measures required for bringing back the economy of US to its erstwhile glory are not being passed due to lack of consensus among the major parties.
Is Indian Political system also plagued by similar partisan politics of the type being expeeinced by US system? Commoners say it does not matter whether it is BJP or Congress all are of the same school of thoughts. Then it is very different from what is the situation there in US. However lack of consensus at parliament and wastage of political time at the venue of political gathering of world’s largest democracy shows similar signs of partisan politics away from common good of the people, quite similar to what one see in US politics today. It is being debated that US politics need a ‘radical center’ (a term invented in the US referring to the moderate centrist political party ready to bring radical changes). This third front already seems to be emerging in India with experiments by common people of civil society of India, while its need is still being debated in US. To that extent Indian political lab seems to be at the advanced stages to reinvent new political ideas suitable to modern democracy in tune with the aspiration of current generation of voters. That makes Indian political system perhaps more resilient to current changes of the voters than the US political system.