With idiocracy rule and offset of the Rajdharma principles that rulers of ancient India abided by, we have entered a doomed state with ignorant masses consuming the political trickery. Years back, Gandhi quotes, “Law is binding only if it satisfies the unwritten code of ethics”. While the world is investing in its infrastructure, core sectors, security, health, technology, education etc. our country is still struggling with pity politics.
The leftists rush for mental satisfaction by criticizing Modi and the right-wingers drag Gandhi’s for every by fall the nation goes through with constant terror designation to the Muslims. The negative connotations attached to Indian politics seem to be an undeniable truth. But isn’t politics too serious affair to be left to politicians alone? In Indian politics, every other party holds worse case records leaving the voters to choose between the bad and the less bad candidate.
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The nexus between the politicians, bureaucrats, criminals and police holds a parasitic relationship. In 2019, 43% of MPs had criminal cases against them. Out of which,13% of candidates were indulged in cases of murder and rapes.ADR analysis show candidates with criminal charges have high winnability chance due to the financing ability. I demanded legislation to exclude candidates charged with heinous crimes but the Parliamentary committee set up to examine this rejected its recommendations. We witness repeated violations of model code of conduct when votes are asked in the name of religion, caste and armed forces.
But EC has failed to acknowledge these violations. Why is media giving more coverage and heroic portrayal to the ruling party? Why are mass-defections getting a nod and not disqualifications? Why were those 21 MLAs with “Aaya ram, Gaya ram” tendency even allowed to switch party in MP? Applauding the master planner behind defection for his Chanakyaniti gives free run to the offenders. When the masses itself enjoy the show, then crime too acts as motivation for the lawbreakers. The mockery of law and the funeral of justice keep thriving under the disguise of political chicanery.
We don’t uncover and turn a blind eye to the offences committed by the party leader we support. Will hiding the wrongdoings glorify the ideology we comply with or will it give fertile grounds for criminally mindsets to grow? Today’s media and politicians run a 24*7 hate campaign against the opposition parties and the minorities. The art of making hate speeches sound like an aspirational talk adds to the fuel.
With horse-trading and defections getting normalized, the reliability on Election Commission is at stake. Records of 5custodial deaths per day with no sanctions and inadequate monetary reliefs to the victim point out the institutional apathy we have. Had judiciary taken a hard stand on corruption flowing in the political arena, a firm implementation could have taken place. The increasing cases of state-sponsored violence and fake encounter demands for police reforms. When administrators incline towards a specific ideology, administrative ethics gradually vanishes.
Fake encounters are part of the torture culture. The Vikas encounter case, a well-scripted narrative where a man with 60 cases including murder was roaming freely for years under the safe patronage of politicians. The conflict zone of Kashmir is the hotbed for judicial killings, forced disappearances and fake encounters. Recently, 3 labourers in Shopian with no links to militancy were killed under the garb of national security. Also, and India is yet to ratify the Prevention of Torture Bill.
The democratic state is transforming into a banana republic where the blame-game politics is worsening the foreign ties and flaring up the border tensions with nations like China and Nepal. Though the commercial boycott to China gave a befitting reply to the rival state, the sacrifices of soldiers too were politicized by the mention of 16 Bihar Regiment to grab votes in the upcoming Bihar elections.
The communalized narrative to Tablighi Jamat case, the verbal and physical assault on students of Jamia and JNU, unfortunate Palgarh and Lukman lynching case have all highlighted the pitfalls of our political machinery. The Bengaluru riots was another display of communal hatred where hooligans took law in their hands in response to a derogatory FB post.
Well, every intolerant act is politically motivated that works in a scalar chain by using commoners for its vested interests. Hence, politicians aren’t to be blamed alone. It’s us who get deceived due to regional and religious factors. Another drawback of Indian politics is giving less weightage to ethics. If we draw a comparison with leaders like Jacinda Ardern, then we can find how emotional quotient adds to the political leadership.
Under her leadership, New Zealand has won the battle against COVID-19. However in India; the very presence of women in politics is a hard accepting fact. This mindset is not just social but also a political stigma. The envious work environment that we deal with, the fight for property in a joint family, giving bribes for the early settlement of work or turning an illegal task to legal are all ways we play dirty politics on a routine basis.
Aren’t we hypocrites while accusing the politicians alone as “corrupt” while we give a big hand to corrupt practices? Didn’t we as students ask our friends for proxy or plagiarize in assignments to gain marks? Such incidents make me draw parallels between a corrupt politician and a commoner. Workers rushing for high wages to student rushing for marks and politician for votes in a wrongful way are equally all in the same run. In the end, its money and power that turns our conscience dead.
A wider critical analysis needs to be done to get into the root cause and solution to politics. The rational and moral revival could only get us out of the vicious cycle of political mishappenings. The personal interests should be subordinate to the collective interests of a political institution. Viewpoints and criticism of the wrongs of a nation must be publicized.
Conflict resolution could be met only through laws and administrative machinery. Low-level politicization should be discarded and replaced with affirmative distinctions. Replace blasphemy with bonhomie, conflict with cooperation, exclusion with inclusivity, ultra-nationalism with patriotism, inequalities with positive discrimination, ignorant with the alert citizenry, red-tapism with E-governance, saffronisation with secularism; making way for the good governance. Rise above the ideologies and pity politics to defend the constitutionality and to preserve the idea of India.
Let’s make small revolutions every day and lead at our workplaces to bring a better world order. No nation can ever thrive without justice. Only we can end the negativities carried with phrases like “Politics without ethics” and “By hook or crook”. It’s now time for the public to hold command as a faithful judge. Let’s sanitize dirty politics!
(Views expressed are strictly personal of the author)