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Indian Democracy: Potential of David

What should we expect with respect to the story of Davids. Well, am expecting average performance in comparison to our Goliaths. Surprisingly, Davids are eager to narrate their revenue story, so here you go with some statistics. Hope our patrons do not reduce their love for us because of positioning of statistics very often now.

The Davids

        GDP 2012-13         (Rs. Lac Crs.)

Seats

GDP/Seat

(Rs. Lac Crs.)

Mizoram

0.08

1 0.08
Nagaland

0.13

1 0.13
Sikkim

0.09

1 0.09
Arunachal Pradesh

0.12

2 0.06
Meghalaya

0.18

2 0.09

Source:http://planningcommission.nic.in

All the David’s have their GDP/Seat ratio less than that of National average of Rs. 0.17 lac Crs. We were not expecting it to be any way greater. But the fact glaring at us is that per seat GDP of three of Davids is more than per seat GDP of at least two of the Goliaths (Uttar Pradesh & Bihar). Davids make a clear statement that they have potential to grow. Read our other article on the abundance of land resources with Davids.

The interesting question posed before the nation is that we can reallocate resources, read seats, to the Davids so that their potential of development can be explored. It is quite evident that Davids, with better representation, should do good.

By ‘dod’ Rangers

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Need for Voice: The David Story

Time is witness, History stands as testimony to the insatiable hunger of humans to acquire land. No stones are left to be turned. Deals, coercion or fighting wars,  all have been put to use to acquire some more land.


Well, we are not going to talk about wars, but are trying to underline the fact that Land & natural resources accompanied with it are the major assets of a state/country. Their importance with growing population, has increased unabated.


Zoop, lets get to Indian democracy. We are very clear that land and natural resources are major assets and efforts should be made to manage these assets. In a democracy, people’s elected representative manage these resources. This brings us to the magic number, in India every Lok Sabha seat/elected representative on an average covers/manages
5900 square kms. (National Area/Seat ratio)


No debates on 5900, is right or wrong, on second thought, we save the debate for a later date. So for now, consider it to be best.  For effective governance and development of a region we believe that one needs to manage total expanse of area in a state. This would in turn:

– Attract immigration, fueling further development.

– Retain local people in state, absorbing local resources in development.

Thus a lower Area/Seat ratio shall work well for any state. Lets analyze our Davids again and come look up their representation in Lok Sabha.

The David

Current Seat Count

Area Sq Kms

Seats as per National Area/Seat ratio

Diorama

1

21,081

4

Nagaland

1

16,579

3

Sikkim

1

7,096

1

Arunachal Pradesh

2

83,743

14

Meghalaya

2

22,429

4

Total

7

26


We know you would have found this interesting, the David’s have representation of 7 seats but has potential to have 26 seats. Even representation of all states is required in Lok Sabha. Adequate representation of  state shall lead to voices of people in the state being heard at national level. We believe this is must for a democracy & development. Further we need to hear voices of all Davids, don’t we?

By “dod” Rangers

David and Goliath of Indian Democracy

Yes it is a fight over 543 seats to be at the helm of affairs of the largest democracy in world. All political parties in the fray are looking forward to achieve, not this, but half of this to be able to form the government. This would be the first hurdle, and then in a best possible scenario, to get 2/3rd majority, and enable smooth running of government.

So who makes these parties win, of course the states with more the number of seats, the Goliaths. Then there are the Davids, these are states with less than 2 seats apiece. We are considering the top and bottom five in both cases and of course we have kept the union territories aside as they represent one seat each.

S.No.

The Goliath

Seat Count

S.No.

The David

Seat Count

1

Uttar Pradesh

80

29

Mizoram

1

2

Maharashtra

48

28

Nagaland

1

3

Andhra Pradesh

42

27

Sikkim

1

4

Bihar

40

26

Arunachal Pradesh

2

5

West Bengal

42

25

Meghalaya

2

No surprises here with the Goliaths. These states witness a closely contested battle and are well covered by the Political parties and media. Goliaths have a good visibility among the Indian voter population as well.

What about the Davids, they are part of the milieu but do they have enough representation and voice in the system? Well the above table says the story well, in fact more often than not Davids of Indian democracy are not audible in the grand scheme of things. Someone some where said, “David slayed the Goliath”?

By “dod Rangers”