I'm from India, the world's largest functional democracy. We often hear of political opponents criticizing each other for being 'populist' and for 'forgoing good governance'. And we also hear the term 'vote-bank politics' in which politicians are accused of pandering to a specific voter niche with their statements or policy-stances.
My question is : Isn't all of Democracy based on the idea that Populism will lead to good governance ? Why is the term "vote-bank politics" viewed so negatively ? The very essence of Democracy states that you must adopt the position that a sizeable majority of the people believe in.