By Rajiv Punj
It is certainly euphoric that the Indian parliamentary democracy has traversed six decades. However, it is becoming increasingly a matter of grave concern that those who occupy coveted seats in our ‘Sansad Bhawan’ seem to have lost the sense of obligation towards the people whom they claim to ‘represent’.
With continuing uncivil ruckus in parliament over issues which are frivolous for the public at large but important for politicians’ vote-bank, the saying that ‘With power comes responsibility’ seems to have reduced to ‘With power comes incivility’ in the Indian context.
The `Temple of our Constitution’ has been reduced to a circus of sycophants and parasites. Today’s pigmies have NO comparison with the honorable great men who drafted our Constitution. These grave people would be hanging their heads in shame to see their successors having the audacity to take pride in their illiteracy and ignorance.
Our parliamentarians must have been duty-bound to uphold the great Indian values laid by the founding fathers of our great nation. But what has happened is that this bunch doesn’t have the remotest of the idea of what the Westminster model of democracy means. And the collective failure of parliament is there for all to see.
Our politicians behave just like children. When the child is scolded, he cries and says sorry. But the next moment he is back to his old tricks. These parliamentarians care two hoots for the country and their countrymen. They pass resolutions from time to time to hoodwink the public and gloss over weighty issues.
We pretend to be the largest democracy, forgetting model western democracies are methodical, lucid and disciplined. Their debates, their deliberations are rational. Rather than watch our parliamentarians, our people today prefer to watch on news channels what these worthies said and did in the august House. TV debates are far better than parliament sessions in which very few members say something sensible and which most don’t even bother to attend leave alone participate in the debates.
The future of our country is closely linked to our democratic values and we all have an obligation to elect our parliamentarians who have complete faith in our federal structure with a stable Central government.
Teeming millions of this country look at Indian democracy with great hope and the so-called elites of society have a moral responsibility to voice for them.
We need to ensure that we all together to weed out crooks from our political system. We the people of this wonderful civilization want our highest evocative forum to constructively discuss pertinent issues and NOT waste taxpayers’ money by disrupting debates. We expect our representatives to be accountable for all their days spent in the office.
It is time people came froward to save this nation from parasites posing as politicians.
(Rajiv Punj is an Indo-Canadian who is a senior executive with a multinational in New Delhi)