Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990095
Name: Bandi
Parent's name: Tsedenjamts
Ovog: Höh hua
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1927
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: elementary
Notes on education:
Work: goatherd/herder / retired
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Hanbald sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder

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democracy; politics / politicians; family;

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Summary of Interview 080817B with Bandi

Bandi holds very negative views about democracy. Although democracy started ‘all right’ in Mongolia, he never supported it. Now he started thinking that democracy is not a worthwhile thing at all. He came to this conclusion based on the following facts: The economy is not doing well (the collective farms were disbanded, electrical wells were left unattended, factories closed), unemployment is widespread, the youth became uncontrollable, morality among people degraded, and people do whatever they like in the name of freedom. Although Bandi agrees that the human rights and pluralism of opinions are intrinsically good things, he says that he cannot see any point in having twenty political parties in a country where the population is less than three million. What these parties do is to fight with each other for power. The seventy-six members of parliament are incompetent and corrupt.

In contrast, in the socialist period not only people respected their parents and elders but law was ‘nicely’ tough. There was order, stability, and only one party. Therefore Bandi supports the implementation of presidential rule in Mongolia.