Sunday, August 7, 2011

Save our souls first...

'Save our souls when the odds are against us' is the religion strictly followed by the political society. Any recommendation or report putting a big question mark on credentials of one political group, particularly the one which rules, is shown the door that opens to a stinking dumping ground.

The report on 2G by Public Accounts Committee has been dumped citing it as being partisan. The ruling United Progressive Alliance has left no stone unturned to doubt the intentions influenced during preparing the report.

After Murli Manohar Joshi circulated the report, the Congress defending team has taken its position. The report might have been given the same fate if the BJP was in power. It's crystal clear as to why UPA would think twice to put the report to force. PM Manmohan Singh and former FM P Chidambaram have been criticised in the report.

If the stakes are high and those who face charges boast huge political stature, hardly anything goes against them. Here too the precedents speak out. Till the time the PAC report on 2G gets its share of treatment, fingers need to be kept crossed. The UPA presently indulging in 'save our souls' tactic.

Let's stop pandemonium...

The monsoon session of Maharashtra legislature witnessed opposition MLAs throwing tantrums in the house over various issues plaguing the state. Such situations are orchestrated and are considered quintessential in order that the house is deprived of its order.

Besides 'dragging' the attention of those ruling at the power corridor forms part of the idea behind creating the ruckus. Those who rule use the houses to answer the queries. Unfortunately not a single session finishes off without any pandemonium.

Of late the anger against corruption has reached its zenith. The civil society irked by government's lethargic attitude towards corruption threw its support to the campaign started by Anna Hazaare.

Though the men backing the movement gathered along with Anna at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, the anti-corruption agitation saw the young across the country to feel for it. They shouted into the booms. It was evident in the television footage showing the young enraged with anger.

Can corruption be eliminated? An attempt in the direction would give sleepless nights to those daring doing it. Previous experiences bear witness to that. Any voice raised against the monster eroding our system is silenced through different tactics. Power, money and cajoling are a few of them.

In a society where men and women think only about their nuclear or closest families, a thought aiming to end corruption can never be turned into reality as erasing it would require a concerted effort. A team work which generally occurs when men and women feel for something.

A mere thought of a change cannot bring it to our civil society. Concrete measures set at the actual target would start yielding results. So guys the words from the mouth require actions to turn the dreams into reality.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Is politics always dirty?

At times veteran politicians venture out on to the streets with bamboo. Don't fear. They are out not to go on a vandalising spree.

The bamboo sticks are fixed with brooms to use the 'conglomerate' on the streets. Motive? To spread the message. That they are not dirty. They are clean and like to get clicked while forwarding the cleanliness drive.

What spurs these rabble rousers to start a cleanliness drive is still not clear. Umpteen times on the pages of newspapers in vernacular can be seen the photos of these media savvy vota-gonists holding the tilling and toiling tools up high in the air.

Celebrities too have something hidden inside their mind. But unlike our 'Netas' our celebrities never come out on to the roads with dubious motives and hidden agendas. They are vocal and unequivocal at the same time.

In a democracy which is for the people, by the people and of the people, these runners of our legislative houses do not seem to be in any mood to do away with the perennials of the common men. Indeed they have huge vested interests.

Latest developments in Karnataka have put a green seal on the claims that Yeddyurappa wields a upper hand over the BJP biggies. This is backed by the way the candidate backed by Yeddyurappa manged to grab the hottest chair.

Now people say that yet another Gowda is merely a proxy for the powerful Yeddyurappa from the influential Lingayat community.

So what is the deal all about? Does the true political values are getting covered with layers of dust spread out of political deeds. let's be very clear. The post Independent era had a number of visionaries who saw India as a one nation.

Nowadays the concepts have seen oceanic change. Elections have given more chance to indulge in anti social activities than to exercise the constitutional right to vote. This was evident during the last decade full of election time violations.

On occasions the offices bearing constitutional values have been misused. The gubernatorial dictats in the past bear witness to that.

Politics being once an honest's affair has reduced merely to a gimmick and a means to realise dubious dreams. As of now the dirty cannot be removed from it as it is clinging to its umblical chord attached to the bellies of politicians.