A paradigm shift in the methodology of choosing our rulers is required to meet the challenge of the ever-deteriorating standard of governance and administration in our country. Democracy and militarocracy have both been alternately tested in Pakistan but neither has given satisfactory results. A completely new and revolutionary concept of selecting people for all public offices would be to select them the way we select a candidate through the CSS examination. Let's call this system meritocracy. -FARDAD ALI SHAH, Chitral, via e-mail, June 14.