‘FEDERATION OF ANARCHISTS’ REMARK: MR. VICE-PRESIDENT, PLEASE, DON’T TAKE IT BACK

We were hoping against the hope that Hamid Ansari, the Vice-President of the nation would not take back his ‘harsh but justified comment’ about the parliamentarians when his frustration asked the members of the Indian Parliament if they wanted to make the highest elected body in the country a ‘federation of anarchists’.

Well, we had a disappointing development a day after (August 14) when the Vice-President and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the upper body of the Indian Parliament, asked his office to review the statement after the government and the opposition continued with the demand to withdraw the statement from the official records of the House.

Let’s see again what ‘his frustration’ had to say: “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.”

Earlier, it seemed, Mr. Vice-President would not back-off from his stand. We had certain reasons to believe so.

Before becoming the Vice-President in 2007, he had taken, on more than one occasion, different-and-inconvenient line from the official line of the government of India, notably on issues related to the Western Asian nations like Palestine, Iran and Iraq. Mr. Ansari is a renowned scholar on West Asia.

He may still not pull it back as his clarification in the House indicates where he said he didn’t place an allegation but put forward simply a question for the parliamentarians to think over the continued logjam, unruly scene and unproductive sessions.

He clarified: “If you read what I said I said with condition … not as an allegation, or attributing it to anybody. If a question is posed, it cannot be an allegation.”

Yes, an opening is now there but the career diplomat, the teacher and the intellectual in him may push him not to back-off this time because he is not bound to accept the demand, because ‘enough is enough’.

But then politics behaves (predictably) strangely in this country. The Vice-presidential chair to Mr. Ansari has been given by the Congress party, a party with a known undemocratic and elitist history of defining precedents. Also, he is a grand-nephew of a former Congress president.

So, it leaves a window for an understanding over the issue to be developed.

And why would our parliamentarians, an increasingly intolerant and elitist lot, understand the simple understanding behind the clarification when they know they can pressurize the Chair to withdraw the statement, a Chair that is ceremonial in nature, a Chair that is headed by a Chair that is nothing more but a decorative title?

But we the citizens of India reiterate our request Mr. Vice-President.

‘Federation of Anarchists’ is an innovative expression of our 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/

FEDERATION OF ANARCHISTS

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/