June 12, 2021
The Honourable President
Mr. Reuven Rivlin
3 Hanassi St.,
Sub: Suggestions to exercise new ways of Governance in view of current political crisis in Israel
Dear Mr. President,
Greetings from The People’s Voice!!
We are a Non- Governmental Organization from India. We have been actively working for last six years on the issue of eradication of caste discrimination.
Basic purpose of NGO is to serve social and political objectives such as humanitarian causes. We have been studying and preparing a white paper to suggest to the People of India a new system of governance .Being an NGO it’s our moral obligation to share our views which can help you in facilitating a stable and good government in Israel.
We all know that Israel is going through political crisis. Four Knesset elections were held In the span of two years: April 2019, September2019, March2020 and March 2021(Courtesy-media sources). Difficulty in formation of stable coalition emerged as a cause for these consecutive elections. Not even a single party got the majority and as a result every time the Knesset got dissolved .
Israel has Parliamentary system of governanace in which the party or a coalition of parties,with majority,forms the government. Coalition governments have their own set of challenges. Due to differences in opinios and ideologies, decision making is usually slow and weak. This leads to hindrances and hassles in execution leading to failure of management and governance on many fronts including economy, defence and internal stability.
The frequent dissolutions of Israeli parliament in two years is perfect example of how coalition works. It affects the country as a whole. . In such arrangements, a party with less support could impose its views and policies on the majority. Shared decision making can make the progress slow and often resulting in policy paralysis.
It is perceived that Political Parties are essence of democracy, at the same time they are responsible for the deterioration of democracy. To propagate the idea of partyless democracy,in order to free democracy from the clutches of political parties, is the only way out. In partyless democracy elections are not contested on party lines but on individual basis . Since Nepal and India have very similar Parliamentary multi party system and Governance,we feel what is good for India should be good for Nepal. We are therefore taking liberty of making few suggestions for introducing new form of governance through the letter.
1) Individuals from various public services should be elected for contesting the election. Their education and training make them competent enough to run the public administration in a way that every citizen can feel secured and live a peaceful and happy life. Educational eligibility should be the criteria of selecting candidates.
2) Universities should be there for teaching/training about governance , just like there are universities for different professions. Preferably, a common entrance test should be conducted on the lines of other competitive exams for securing admissions. Imparting education would help students in doing research and development for different aspects of governance . For example : what expertise is required for a particular ministry? Serving the nation should be the motto of enrollment instead of money making .
3 ) A fixed age limit should be defined for both entry and exit . By fixing a particular age new generation will get a chance to enter politics on their merit. This way culture of nepotism will end in politics.
4) Retired members of parliament can join the university of governance as mentors. They can also act as a think tank and provide time to time guidance to young leaders.
5) Individuals will contest from the constituencies where they have been born and brought up. One can contest only from his/her native constituency and only for one seat.
6) The Country will not have any political party. All political parties should be dissolved and the net assets should be invested with the Government.
7) Election Commission should oversee the elections. It should bring parity for all the candidates and should bear all the expenses. No individual should bear the cost of election.
I hope you will find these ideas constructive. Thanks for the time given to go through this letter.