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I'm actually not sure if age is the problem here. The problem lies in the electorate of our country, which, largely poor and uneducated, continues to make the wrong choices. This will take decades to change.
Why blame the poor and the uneducated for making the wrong choices? Was Jawaharlal Nehru a wrong choice for the Prime Minister? Compared to other countries our poor and educated electorate generally gave us much better representatives than say Zimbabwe's Rober Mugabe! It was the educated elites that screwed us! Indian people elected politicians, such as Nehru, based on their character, integrity and sacrifice that they did during Independence struggle. People like Nehru, Indira Gandhi could have followed capitalism instead of socialism for all they cared! It was the fault of educated elites that they thought they could control, plan and regulate the life of a billion people. When Rajiv Gandhi was elected as the Prime Minister and he followed open market policy, do you think the poor and the uneducated electorate protested against globalization?
I am taking the case of free-market vs socialism simply as an example. Does anybody think that the decision to ban smoking scenes from the movies was based on the demands of the poor and the uneducated? I bet the decision reflects the elitist arrogance that still dominates our politics. In fact, one is more likely to support such stupid policies if one is "educated"! Because educated elites support such paternalistic policies our parliament looks like a assisted living facility. Who do you expect to implement paternalistic policies: a 30 year naive and inexperienced youth or a 75 year old geriatric?