Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar’s thesis endorses the Varna system

[Judges are appointed with the intent of serving the political ends of the people appointing them. No more, no less. Trying to assign these complex motivations to judicial selection is like trying to put a dress on a pig. — Posted by Ben Williams, NYT January 28th,2008 4:44 pm] 9:25 AM
[The institutions that command the most respect are the Supreme Court, Election Commission and Army. All three are unelected. We have little respect for the elected and immense respect for some who are not...
The fundamental mark of a democracy is not elections but an institutional framework that lays down the rights of the people and rules of political engagement, and cannot be trampled on by the ruling government. The framework is typically a Constitution... So, democracy stands on two pillars. One is Constitutional democracy, which lays down the rules of political engagement. The second pillar is popular democracy, which elects politicians...
The Constitution created other unelected bodies - such as the Supreme Court and Election Commission — which are the most respected in India precisely because they keep elected politicians in check. Democracy needs unelected positions of power, no less than elected ones. - SWAMINOMICS Democracy depends on the unelected STOI 27 Jan 2008, Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar] 11:23 AM
Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar’s thesis, in a way, endorses the Varna system. The unelected guardians practicing selflessness and high ethics are of Brahmin temperament while the elected politicians conforming to the incentives system belong to the Kshatriya or Vaishya mentality. [TNM]

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