The politics of mistrust

The question is can we trust those who claim to fight corruption

OTHER OPINION

RAMESH PANDITA

The politics of opportunism is deep rooted in the Indian social setup. Ditching and stabbing from behind one’s own people has become the basic tenet of Indian politics.  This gets better corroborated by the recent voting in Indian parliament where under rule 184 debate over the FDI in retail was invited, and in which 14 out of 18 parties showed reservations with government proposed policy of allowing FDI in retail. When it came to voting, the ruling party won it comfortably.  The double standards by the leaders of national political parties speak volumes about the breach of trust they do with public sentiments every now and then. The major breach was seen with SP and BSP who abstained from voting despite showing reservations with proposed policy for reasons better to all.
The notion of politics has changed altogether, these days people seem to be entering into politics with two aims, to loot public money and to loot more. Politics is no more seen as activity carried out by honest, sincere and nationalist people, who may be contributing towards the growth and development of country.   Mainstream political parties always entrust with those guys who have notorious background as same can be used as a deterrent to make their numbers to gobble the golden thrown.  Honest and nationalist people are being seen as hurdle in the path of progress, the trend prevalent in political circles these days. 
The approaching general elections in 2014 are giving a tough run to all mainstream political parties. Among so many things happening together, one good thing for people to see is most of the political parties are following a common agenda which revolves round corruption thereby crushing a common man in the middle. Of late, the little known common man Arvind Kejriwal rose to new political heights overnight. He ended up with formation of political party Aam Aadmi party. Most of the people are looking at this development more as a breach of faith for not living up to the expectations of the common masses. The whole campaign of India Against Corruption (IAC) which swept the whole nation for almost a year in the end turned out be a damp squib.  People of the country are not yet ready to accept the fact that one or the other way they have been breached by their firebrand IAC campaigner.  People see the breach of faith not only with the public sentiments but with the man who launched IAC movement - Anna Hazaree, a true nationalist, freedom fighter par excellence, a revolutionary of Gandhian idealism. He is known for his determination to eradicate the menace of corruption from the face of country by taking the movement to its logical end. Anna in his campaign was joined cum followed by renowned public figures from different walks of life.  The ray of hope shown by Anna to common man by advocating the formation of Lokpal and Lokayukta by introducing bill in parliament unfortunately flickered out and eventually died a premature death.   Determination to have lokpal at the political level was missing from the day one as the active politicians were never in favour of having a strong Lokpal and the movement suffered miserably when to lesser or lager extent Anna was breached by one of his trusted disciple Arvind Kejriwal.  
People are now looking at the recent developments with suspicion and they can't be blamed for that. Even those who claim to fight corruption are held suspect.

(Ramesh Pandita is Assistant Librarian, BGSB University, Rajouri J&K. Feedback at rameshpandita90@gmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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