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Christ College Students Mull Scandals in Democracy

Political Science students of Christ College in the city were told on Monday that the evil of political corruption plaguing Indian parliamentary system  today cannot be solved only by making more laws. "What is needed is the political will and this needs public awareness, enlightened voting by an informed electorate and mass movements," the director of Central Institute of Representative Democracy (Cirede)  and Academy of Communication and Media Education (ACME), B. Someswar  Rao told them.

He was the chief guest at the launch of a certificate course in parliamentary practice, which itself is a part of creating the awareness. Christ College is organizing the course for the second consecutive year in collaboration with Cirede. He theme this year is, "Democracy: Issues and Concerns".

One of the slides he showed screamed: "Wanted More Corruption" and explained that like viruses developing resistance due to repeated use and under-dosage of the same medicine, society had begun to accept corruption as normal and unavoidable. The media too played a role by overexposing people to corruption and rarely highlighting honest and good work. As in USA massive scandals spur reforms, he said giving examples.

The Principal, Rev. Fr. Thomas C. Mathew, set the mood for the course, attended by over 200 students, by stressing the need to promote healthy parliamentary values and democratic temperament. Prof. Rajasekharaiah, head of the Political Science Department introduced the course and Cirede Chief Coordinator J. Gnanashakher welcomed the participants

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