DECLINE OF THE POLITICIAN
In a democracy, it’s the politicians who hold the reins of power. And, that’s why it’s said that democracy is only as good as its politicians. Sadly, over time, during the past 64 years, our democracy has been eroded by its very guardians — the politicians whom the people voted for, to run the country.
It’s an open secret that many people enter politics because they know a lot of easy money can be made out there. Not surprisingly, the quality of political class deteriorated over time, and people, each time they were presented a set of leaders to vote for, had little choice. During each election, the frustration was very much evident — the increasing demands for either an option to mark “none of the above” or the “right to recall” legislators. Indian democracy has been trampled over and converted into a free-for-all joke.
The entire political class has now been brought to its knees. For the first time ever, the government and Parliament — the august body people elected — is being told what to do by the people themselves. Team Anna wants the official Lokpal Bill withdrawn, and “people’s” version — Jan Lokpal bill — introduced and passed.
Anna, backed by the surging humanity has presented Parliament with not many options — pass the Jan Lokpal Bill within a time-frame. The government says this is tantamount to blackmail, undemocratic, and unconstitutional. But then, who cares — people had since long lost its faith in government, parliament, and the politicians that it comprises.
What we may see over the coming days, could be historic, seeing the buoyancy Team Anna is getting. The politicians — who till now have been either hiding or scoring political brownie points — will now have to come clean. For the first time, politicians have been held accountable. They will no longer be able to hoodwink people. They will have to answer quite a few tough questions. This agitation has left them with no options.
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It will be interesting to see how the government wriggles out of this highly embarrassing situation, and also how the entire political class will react, now that it’s clear as daylight who really holds the reins of power, the people.
Tak Masuk Akal