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Professional classes have no clout

It appears many doctors, engineers and other professionals are feeling that their voice is not being heard sufficiently. When this happens protests and strikes are not the only way to get an opinion heard. If an important section of population feels that their interests are not being catered to fully in a democratic set up, perhaps the only viable option is to form their own political party. The professional section of population has by and large stayed out of the political process in India.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 18:42 IST

Arising from the quota issue it appears that many doctors, engineers and other professionals are feeling that their voice is not being heard sufficiently by the present political leadership.

When this happens protests and strikes are not the only way to get an opinion heard. If an important and sizeable section of population feels that their interests are not being catered to fully in a democratic set up, perhaps the only viable option is to form their own political party.

The professional section of population has by and large stayed out of the political process in India. It was not so when the process started during British times. Now they have no one to blame, if they feel they are not being heard.

Doctors, engineers, lawyers, chartered accountants, experts (professors and others with Ph.D.), journalists, MBAs, industrialists (of pvt Ltd. companies) NRIs and professional students (for student wing) should then be the only persons allowed to join the new party if it is to make a difference.

Some existing politicians would qualify to join if they wish to. Such a party will be elitist no doubt, but it can win elections, if people see hope of progress and prosperity in this new professional party of India. Many are unhappy with the present lot.

Person such as Karan Thapar or Ratan Tata would be the right persons to initiate such a party.

Rooting out corruption and casteism should be a priority for this new party and focusing first on basics like electricity, water, roads and timely justice in courts, should be the focus, rather than a million other issues, while innumerable citizens thirst for healthy drinking water during their waking hours and timely justice in courts is not even a dream during their sleeping ones. It is not so in most other civilized countries of the world.