originally conceived, was a noble idea of establishing a government
'of the people', 'by the people' and 'for the people'. Over the
years this concept has been badly mutilated and as it stands today,
democracy miserably fails in qualifying as the system delivering its
primary objective. Even the most (relatively) progressive countries
practicing democracy like the US, Britain etc could do much better
with Meritocracy instead of democracy as their system.
In Pakistan the slogan
of democracy has proved a total farce. This sham system as it exists
today has paved the way for degeneration of institutions, rampancy
of corruption, exploitation of the poor people, invitation to unholy
military interventions, and promotion of disillusionment and
The fault lies in
the system, because, in it, only the resourceful and the well
connected are able to clinch public offices regardless of possession
of requisite capabilities. Can the brightest individual having full
flair for public representation but lacking financial 'resources
ever think of becoming the president of the country or an MNA or for
that matter even a local councilor? It is beyond the imagination of
middle class people (unless they become part of a mafia, examples
are the MQM and Religious, Regional Parties), no matter how capable
they may be, to even dream of contesting elections against
juggernauts supported by huge coffers and mafias which are a product
of the present democratic system. For the professional politicians
of today's democracy, love for the people starts a month before
elections and ends with the polling day.
the answer ? The answer is simple.. It is the adoption of a new
system called 'Meritocracy'.
In this system there
are no elections. Public representatives from the President down to
the local councilor are selected through competitive exams specially
formulated for each position. In this way equal opportunity is
provided to all, regardless of his/her financial position or
association with a political party.
simple, practicable and fair. In the proposed system of
meritocracy elaborate examinations are held for each position which
should encompass all requirements for the job ,to the extent of
including personality tests, psychological tests scrutinising the
traits of loyalty, honesty etc to select the best person amongst the
1. It would
revolutionise how we view things. The rule of merit would trickle
down to the lowest level and bring about revolutionary development
in all institutions.
2. As education and
capability would be the sole criteria to clinch the highest office
in the country, all including the poorest would pay full attention
to the education and grooming of their children as the incentive is
so high. Naturally, the general standard of Education in the country
would improve by default.
3. A person thus
selected on Merit would also want others working under him to be
selected on merit too, thus the improvement can be well imagined.
4. Because the person
has been selected on merit and does not owe his position to any
political dispensation, he will not succumb to pressures to breach
merit or do unsuitable things.
5. The person so
selected as public representative can work diligently and whole
heartedly for the collective development of his area without being
influenced or pressurised by 'party workers' or supporters who had
voted for him to victory, as is a very big nuisance in today's
6. After expiry of the
term of office, the incumbent can again appear for the competitive
exam along with new contenders, and try again which neans the person
will have to be on his toes where merit is concerned and will have
to face ever present challenge from emerging competition, or else be
replaced by an even more capable person.
7. A person selected
through Meritocracy, whether for the office of President of Pakistan
or a local councilor in a village, would enjoy the confidence of the
people purely because he has earned that position on merit and not
because of any unfair advantage like belonging to a political
family, having lots of money or having sponsorship of mafias, groups
Pakistan has been
experimenting 'Democracy' and 'Militarocracy' alternately for the
last six decades. Have we reached any where? Do we hope to reach any
where with this system? The answer is obviously "No". Same pawns
-only sometimes black and some times white are in play all the time.
We need to change the game now.
نو سے ڈرنا طرز کہن پہ اڑھنا
یہی کھٹن ہے قوموں کی زندگی میں
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation
with the average voter.” ―Winston