The intelligentsia and the civil society actors have a handicap (I am a policy activist in my small way). They are not fit for electoral politics due to a ‘few’ minor factors. These are-
1. No one in my family is in politics or the civil service, feudalism is very much present today
2. I am not a TV actor or a movie side kick leave alone a Bolly/Tolly wood star.
3. I am middle class. I just have enough money to survive leave alone spend millions to buy a electoral ticket.
4. I am not an Industrialist like the Mallya’s and the Jindal’s. Business is the channel in to Rajya Sabha and Political Influence.
In short, I am the faceless common man whose ideas even if they are good, does not matter because most votes are bought and sold, the value of a vote of a doctor and a ‘vada pav wala’ is just the same. Who thinks about policies, lets watch Dhamaal 2 instead:(
Good people who can make a difference are disenfranchised, what is the gradient between a Sudan and India then. Democracy is a new game with the same old players.