By Sreyashi Mazumdar
Bhains ke Aage Been Bajana (In English, it translates to: ‘reading a book in front of a buffalo’)
While looking at the aforementioned Hindi proverb, one might get bemused at its colloquial usage and the frivolity it brings forth- the proverb essentially takes a jibe at nonchalance. However, if pondered properly, one might run into a stark emulation of the same in the great Indian parliamentary episodes.
Our parliamentarians seem to have turned a blind eye to the wailing farmers, to the frustrated ex servicemen and agitation students. Laying-off all grievous issues, our political leaders are busy throwing pots and pans at each other in their attempts at resolving political grudges.
The recent disruption of parliament, the suspension of 25 Congress MPs and their subsequent protest to the knee-jerk reaction and the incessant mudslinging essay the hamminess that our parliamentarians take to keeping aside their responsibilities as the vanguards of the greater mass.
A rookie who might not have a clear understanding of Indian politics or an individual unaware of the string of events pervading the same since its inception might end up concluding the new found rebellion projected by the opposition as a judicious attempt at cleansing corruption and treachery but an average mango-man of this country is well versed with the series of political vendetta that has wrecked the sanctity of Indian democracy.
“We want to enlighten the people of the country how things are going, on one side they are telling about clean government and on the other they are not behaving as per their promise”, said Congress in a DNA report.
“Every corruption, scam and loot of public money is being done under the guardianship of the Prime Minister by the Congress with impunity”, BJP, as quoted in a Firstpost report.
Despite being hollered by two different parties, both BJP and Congress had the same ailment to talk of. BJP’s take on Congress came in the wake of a nation-wide protest against the flurry of scams clogging the credibility of the ruling UPA 2 government, whereas Congress’s dig at BJP comes in wake of the recent disciplinary action taken up by the speaker Sumitra Mahajan owing to the havoc unleashed by the Congress MPs.
“We are disappointed that we have not been able to get crucial legislation enacted entirely because of this obstructionist approach, ” said Sonia Gandhi as quoted in a Firstpost report.
“The Congress party should accept and seriously introspect after having ruled the country for the longest period of time, that negativism hurts the country. Should its obstructionist tendencies inflict an economic injury on the country?”, finance minister Arun Jaitley said (in a Facebook post) on Congress Party’s position on GST.
Both the leaders ruminating on a similar line of thought spelled out their disenchantment at the obstructionist policies each time the opposition tried to disrupt the parliamentary discourse. Mrs Gandhi’s fervent request to deliberate on the Food Security Bill collectively came at a time when BJP was hell bent on wrecking the functioning of the parliament whereas Arun Jaitley’s dither state was propelled by the agitational approach donned by Congress at BJP’s every single policy.
“Issuing an ordinance is something which should be done in exceptional cases and between two sessions of parliament. We (BJP) are against the ordinance route at this point of time and will register our protest with the president of India”, Rajnath Singh said during his tenure as the BJP president.
“The ordinance has given absolute power to the government and refuses to give any say to the villagers in the land acquisition process…This is an atrocity against farmers and democracy as well”, said member of parliament (MP, Rajya Sabha) Jairam Ramesh.
Reflecting on the words sounded out by both the political leaders, one might be taken aback at the retraction political parties resort to once they are at the helm of affairs. The BJP-led NDA government in an attempt to pass the revamped version of the Land Acquisition Bill undertook the ordinance route. Congress has done the same (Congress went for an ordinance for the protection of convicted MP’s and MLA’s ). Despite being aware of the tenets of the Indian constitution, both the parties tried to flout the same in a haste to pass their policies.
“We do agree that business should carry on, but the government was bulldozing the opposition…This UPA government has become a burden on the country and it should go. BJP is demanding not just the resignation of the Prime Minister, but that of the entire cabinet. This is culmination of so many scams and scandals including 2G and Adarsh Housing”, Venkaiah Naidu (Rajya Sabha MP during UPA’s rule), quoted in the Hindu.
“We will not budge from our stand and there will be no let up in our pressure as far as issues of corruption, Sushma Swaraj and Vyapam are concerned”, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi remarked.
Both Rahul Gandhi and Venkaiah Naidu talk of corruption and expulsions of the allegedly tainted leaders, they second the disruption of parliamentary affairs during their respective stint as the opposition party. However, both the leaders seemingly fail to understand that a sound deliberation and cooperation might scuttle the level of corruption as compared to a protest or an indolent attitude.
Protests or opposition isn’t irrelevant in a democratic country like ours, it all the more enriches the participatory aspect of the same, but, using it as a bait in order to fulfill political grudges in a way pillages the flavor of democracy and creates a space for anarchy. However, it’s up to our beloved political leaders whether they conduct their responsibilities rationally or take to imbecility in their attempt at nibbling on their lust for power.