Electoral reforms for all its hype and intentions may be sentenced and subjected to scrutiny given its shortcomings and short-sightedness to link Aadhaar with the Voter ID.
Although the intention to erase the fraud and duplicitous voter could be considered and acknowledged but for the gaps and glitches in technology which may make this a cumbersome process in the absence of a Data Protection Bill to protect the privacy of the user- how can a dutiful citizen satisfy himself with the merits being put forward by those supporting and standing on the side of the ruling regime for this law purifying the soul and existence of a deliberative democracy forever.
I am yet to convince myself, given how a few months ago alleged snooping by Pegasus spyware of politicians, journalists, and activists rocked the faith and trust of law-abiding citizens in the legislature, with the judiciary becoming the final refuge.
In this regard, it would be interesting how the courts would interpret these reforms, with the surety of a surveillance state bound to create dissatisfaction and discontent for those arbitrarily wielding and exercising their final say on bills and laws without thorough consultation, dialogue and negotiations ailing our democracy. If it’s for neutrality and transparency, then electoral bonds too should be contested and countered.
Why should it be discounted considering the convenience of these legislators putting their weight behind these guarantees guiding their pursuits to power with all sharpness, skill and swiftness politically communicating their interests and intent?