It was so soothing to hear this when the Vice-President of the nation had to remark this on the unruly behaviour of the parliamentarians in the Indian Parliament.
His statement, “Please allow question hour to proceed. Every single rule in the rule book; every single etiquette is being violated. If the honorable members wish the House to become a federation of anarchists, then it is a different matter”, should be put on the walls of the Parliament instead of being expunged something that both the ruling members as well as the main opposition Bhartiya Janta Party have demanded.
It is a well-known human tendency that we do not want to hear criticism about us. In case of Indian politicians, this human trait breaks every barrier of the observable human decency.
A common man, forced by the circumstances, is compelled to hear his critique and such occasions come regularly in his life.
But, our politicians are not the common men. It is what they have come to believe. It is what they are working to establish.
So, they behave differently. They behave like kings. And kings seldom like to be told that they are wrong. They hate their true reflection in the mirror.
And so, when a non-political man, sitting on a non-political and ceremonial chair like India’s Vice-President, charges the politicians, elected to the highest policymaking and governing body of the country, the Indian Parliament, how can they let it go?
How can they allow someone to castigate them whom they have installed in the position he is in? After all, Hamid Ansari was the Congress candidate for this decorative position in the hierarchy of political institution of India.
It doesn’t matter for them that how frustrated Hamid Ansari, otherwise seen as a ‘yes-man’ of Congress, would have been that he was forced to make this comment.
Okay, whatever be the line taken by the politicians over it, if we do a round of some brisk talking in our immediate circles, we would find everyone endorsing what Hamid Ansari has said.
Let’s all of us, who think sincerely over such themes on problems of Indian democracy, carry out this small, random exercise, to feel good about it, even if this ‘feel good’ is not going to do anything to ‘what politics and politicians have become in this country’.
They have made politics synonymous with corruption, high handedness, insensitivity and elitism.
‘Federation of Anarchists’ is an innovative expression of displeasure and frustration over this political lot. It suitably describes the deterioration of values in Indian politics.
Please, Mr. Vice-President, don’t let it be expunged from the Parliament records. Even if it is not going to change anything, at least, it gives us, the common men, yet another symbolic point of reference’ to brood-over the growing political apathy.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/