POLITICIANS OF TODAY
Far away from a disciplined group of the nation it is an army of irresponsible shrieking devils inside and out of the law making institutions — the parliament and the state legislatures. In the biggest democracy of the world they have made these law making bodies just a mockery. Let there be a difference on an issue these sharks start struggling in the troubled waters. They always try to have some issue or the other against the government to cry like a spoilt childrushing to the well of the house not allowing even the speaker to say anything. Instead of having a debate on the issue they quarrel like street dogs barking at one another.
Gujarat, of course, was a serious issue. After the burning and death of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station caused by some hooligans of minority community there was retaliation throughout Gujarat. More than 700 people were killed. Riots broke out not only in big cities like Ahmadabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot and Bharuch and in smaller towns like Surendranagar, Modasa, Viramgam but even in rural areas. It was all done by the politicians of different hue. Congressmen played a big role by arousing the sentiments of the people. It was a BJP run state. Politicians of other parties tried to create problems for the BJP government. They did not try to have peace and tranquility but create their note banks through this holocast.
The senior politicians of these parties created problems for the NDA government. They never thought that by not allowing the two houses to functions they were losing rupees one crore per day – wastage of time and energy apart.
Politicians of today do not follow the example of the politicians of the past like Nehru and Patel or Subhash. They have a nexus with the mafias at different levels in the country. They don’t work among the people but surface only a month before the elections are due. They make promises to the people promises that are never possible. Elections being over they disappear.
Panchayats elections are considered basic to the establishment of a democratic regime. These elections throughout the country are fought on caste lines. There are criminals in all the castes. They come to the fore as politicians. It is difficult for the people in rural areas to face them. Oppose them and you are murdered. These mafia politicians become Panchas and Sarpanchas. This grouping is coming up to the elections of legislatures and the Parliament too. According to the election commission at least 40 per cent of the members of the legislatures are criminals. Thus the politicians are responsible for the criminalization of politics. A criminal becomes Chief Minister and all the cases against him are withdrawn.
The politician of today contests elections on black money. Cores of rupees are spent on the Parliamentary and legislative seats. This money whether black or white is after all to be compensated with. It leads to bribery at the upper most level. How can you check this evil at the national or public level when the most important politicians indulge in it? They are suit case politicians doing favour to the industrialist and big businessmen who can afford these suit cases full of currency notes. Years back currency notes Rupees two crore were found in the drawing room of a very important politician aspiring for Chief Minister ship. A case was filed. But nothing happened.
Money plays a very important part in the elections in the second biggest democracy—the USA too. But this money is neither black nor is collected through unfair means. The politicians before the elections go to their constituencies—the constituency of the President is the whole country. They deliver speeches and collect money openly from the voters to contest the election. Gandhi did the same in India in pre independence era.
In India there is only one issue when politicians of all the parties join hands When there is a proposal to raise their salary allowances and pension all the politicians show unity and the law is passed unanimously. Money is at the belm of affairs with all politicians.