Sunday, August 15, 2010


With the election season now commencing in several states such as West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, I would advise the politicians to refrain from launching vituperative personal attack against the politicians of other political parties. The other side is capable of similar standards and this would bring the political culture in the country to new low.

The leading politicians, particularly belonging to the large parties , should exhibit maturity and refrain from indulging in political exchanges like street urchins.

The people are increasingly getting disenchanted with the personal behaviour and conduct of the politicians and now tend to think that almost all politicians are corrupt and dishonest. Most of the public attend the political meetings not due to any great regard for particular politician but treating such meetings as some sort of "entertainment" and realising that they have no choice but to vote for lesser of the evil , treating their vote as a gamble.

Atleast, the senior members of political parties should elevate their political utterances to higher standards if their political campaign were to get an element of respectability and significance. With all their experienece , the senior political leaders should be able to see the mood of the people who are now tired of politics and think that these sort of politicians cannot anymore bring better conditions in the society.

A number of political parties are able to get huge crowds for their meetings and perhaps the same people are attending the meetings of different political parties, attracted by either curiosity and entertainment value or due to the incentives given to attend the meeting.

Indian democracy is now at the cross roads. The technological and economic growth achieved by the country have not been matched by improvements in value systems in personal and public life of individuals and corruption and immorality appear to be becoming order of the day. The politicians have played a big role in uprooting the ethical and moral climate in the country by their corrupt , self centred and family interests.

There are already disturbing signs that due to people losing faith in the politicians and political system, extremist groups are gaining ground and people are taking law into their own hands . The politicians lacking moral standards and credibility are now becoming the focus of people's wrath.

These conditions are not good for Indian democracy. On the 64th year of Independence, it is right time for us to realise that the country has gone backwards as far as the political standards and culture are concerned.

It would be a tragedy , if the younger generation would start viewing Gandhian standards as utopian concept because of the low standards set up by our politicians today.

One man who can play a decisive role in reversing this deteriorating trend in political and moral climate is the Prime Minister of India who has the power and authority. The country men wish that Prime Minister would see the writing on the wall and project himself as a role model for the youth in the country in terms of integrity and value systems by putting down the corrupt and dishonest elements with all the force at his command. If he were to lose the job in this process, let it be so but he would have reversed the trend and strengthened the moral and ethical forces in the country. The anxious question is whether the Prime Minister would share this view.

Article by:
N. S. Venkataraman
He is the member of the editorial board of the Ground Report India
He is the member of the national advisory board of the Ground Report India

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