Friday, September 27, 2013

Ordinance on Convicted Lawmakers

Gandhiji and B.R.Ambedkar will definitely  be rolling in their graves.  They probably would even be sorry for what they did, for it is going to be hard for them to see their beloved people where we are today! Imagine Nehru speaking to Gandhi about an ordinance that that protects convicted lawmakers from being immediately disqualified. May be in those days it would have still made sense, after all there were many freedom fighters convicted for political reasons. I wonder how would Ambedkar and his constitution drafting committee react to this development. I bet they did not in their wildest dream think of a scenario like this one. They were after all men of honor and despite their best efforts could not envisage a scenario of our democracy being hijacked by dishonorable men at whose helm is a man I esteemed so much, a person who was supposed to be one of the best brains in my profession! Sorry Dr.Singh this is indeed the last nail in the coffin. 
It is not surprising that politics is the last refuge of a scoundrel, but it is indeed surprising that they have become shameless and blatantly so. Despite being greedy, power hungry and all that they were, there were some ethics, a unspoken code of conduct, a certain dignity and respect towards the electorate. After all they needed us twice every decade, sometimes  even more than that!
Surprisingly, it is out right stupid.  They could have done it intelligently by introduced a bill, there could have been  a  pretense of a debate in the parliament, a guise of functional democracy.  No! they want to take the shortest and quickest route even if it meant circumventing the democratic process, and of course disregarding our esteemed supreme  court.  This is a stupid move because you do not shoot yourself in the foot during an election year, not to forget anti-incumbency and  a formidable opponent with a strong track-record.  It is a wonder that Congress forgot that there are educated and urban voters who are can see through vote-bank politics who will definitely be upset by such open disrespect to the electorate.  
No wonder the Gen-Z  leaders in the Congress party are openly criticizing the ordinance. Kudoos to Rahul Gandhi , Milind Deora for calling a spade a spade. Not that they are always on the ‘right’ side, but this time they are. For once Rahul Gandhi said something I whole heartedly agree. This ordinance is utter nonsense. Thanks Rahul for bringing legitimacy (you can do that, thanks to your parentage)to a point of view so diverse from the leaders in your party. Thanks Rahul for making us the Aaam Janta feel a little less despised. Thanks Rahul for making us, voters feel a little more than just  votebank=function(caste, religion,(money+bottle)).

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