Perspective from old (Kapil Sibal – veteran politician) and young (aspiring TMC politician- Mohua Maitra), in conversation with Sarah Jacob of NDTV.
Mr.Kapil Sibal agreed that corruption in politics is a big issue and suggested that it can be reduced if instead of the present system of campaigning, debates are organized between rival contenders.
Mohua Maitra added that it was easy to get access to masses through Facebook in urban areas but in rural areas it was not possible and debate may not solve the problem.
Both leaders agreed that embracing technology would lessen corruption, but first the system has to be cleansed. At the local level, ‘the system wants corruption’, as demand exceeds supply!
Sarah Jacob commented that there is an institutionalized culture of violence in West Bengal.
Mahua mentioned that TMC is a mass based party. One cannot control which individual joins the party as a grass root worker.
Mr Kapil Sibal stated that transformation will come in the country if professionals enter politics. Twelve million youth graduate from universities but find no jobs. He felt education should be skill based.