But that’s too generic a description. Besides being too general a description, democracy is hardly a comprehensive description of the Indian government. Surely, the democracy found in say Switzerland is quite different from what’s in India. We need better descriptors of Indian governance. Here’s a partial list, offered in the hope that you will add your own favorite.
albocracy – government by white people
This works since Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi is white and she appears to rule, suitably aided by her minions such as Manmohan Singh and Digvijaya Singh.
argentocracy – government by money
Plausible: the government takes in money through taxes and bribes, and then buys specific vote banks.
barbarocracy – government by barbarians
Definitely. The people at the top are the worst kind of people. Exhibit A: Kapil Sibal.
demonarchy – government by a demon
She Who Must Be Obeyed.
dulocracy – government by slaves
This works if you consider that the whole bunch at the top — Diggy, Manmohan, Sibal, et al — are essentially slaves to the White Woman.
foolocracy – government by fools
Arguably so. Manmohan Singh is a fool. Kapil Sibal is an idiot. And the list goes on. Fools, knaves, thieves, treachers, liars, robbers.
infantocracy – government by an infant
Not yet. But they are trying. Amul Baby, Pappu, etc.
millionocracy – government by millionaires
Not true because those in high places are billionaires — the money stolen from the people they rule over.
pollarchy – government by the multitude or a mob
Not quite. Anna Hazare is pushing for this, though.
xenocracy – government by a body of foreigners
India has had this kind of government for the longest period. Indeed so long that became a sort of a habit with some Indians. They had to go get an uneducated Italian to rule over them. Oh the crying shame.
And finally, the one that I like the best:
kakistocracy – government by the least principled and the most corrupt
India is a kakistocracy.