Communalism, sectarianism, bigotry, casteism and all other forms of social and cultural chauvinism threaten pluralism, liberalism and secularism which are the values on which Democratic India has been built. The political instability could also result in economic slowdown. The recent ugly communal utterances of some political leaders are disheartening.
Renukacharya of Honnali, Somashkhara Reddy of Ballary, Anurag Thakur a central minister must learn lessons from decent leaders. Either they don't have stuff to talk or they are foolishly uttering to divide the society to win elections. Even the court had warned a politician recently to be careful while giving a public speech. Dividing the society for petty politics is easy but uniting takes centuries. Provoking words of Mani Shankar Iyer, Digvijay Singh, Owaisy Brothers etc lead only to chaos.
The recent utterances of Sharad Pawar, that one particular community decides the government is purely political and divisive. Such statements must be condemned. Governments are for all, not for a section.
The appeasement of a particular section for a long time for votes certainly will have impact on the deprived section. There is an immediate need for the growth of a strong opposition to challenge the ruling party. Absence of a good, reasonable opposition is detrimental to the democracy.
The personalities those I have mentioned above are like corona virus of the respective parties. It is the responsibility of the society to cure the infectious disease.
The biggest tragedy is the collapse of the Congress. It is collapsing because of the lack of ideological base. The space of the opposition must not become void.
Here again Shakespeare comes to my mind. Polonius advises his son Leartes in the drama' Hamlet'
Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
ವ್ಯಕಿತ್ವದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಗಮನವಿಡು
ಬಾಯಿಗೆ ಬಂದದದನ್ನು ಒದರಬೇಡ.
ಒರೆಗೆ ಹಚ್ಚದೆ ಕಾರ್ಯರೂಪಕ್ಕೆ ತರಬೇಡ.
ಆದರೆ ಕೀಳು ಎನಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳದಿರು
The above lines of Hamlet are very apt to these Motor mouthed politicians.
Even in Kannada there is a proverb
ಮಾತು ಆಡಿದರೆ ಹೋಯ್ತು ಮುತ್ತು ಒಡೆದರೆ ಹೋಯಿತು (Words spoken pearls broken cannot be taken)
The foolish utterances of Ullala MLA U.T. Khadar caused a havoc. Speech of Ananth Kumar Hegade created a pandemonium in parliament. How long the people of India have to suffer these half baked politicians?
Therefore, I wish the birth of a strong, sensible, objective, reasonable opposition which can be an alternative to the ruling.
The Opposition's main role is to question the government of the day and hold them accountable to the public. Opposition Party has a major role, which is: (1) Constructive criticism of Government. (2) Putting restriction of arbitrariness of ruling party.
If the opposition fails to form a formidable fight with strong conviction and strong principles, the government may slip into the hands of Bafoons like Renukacharya and Somashekhara Reddy. Voters too must have the responsibility. They must not yield to the compulsions of caste, community, region, religion and parochialism.
(Refer to my earlier article of 23/4/2019. "The broken mirror can never be set right")
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