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Coalition Governments

For ordinary citizens, coalition governance has lead to non-governance in the country.  Most of the time Central Government remains busy in keeping its flock together through appeasement in the form of ministerial berths, revoking professed policies or deferring justifiable harsh action. Even the smallest group in the coalition can threaten the stability of the government. Many times Government had to waste public money on special aircrafts to ferry one MP to avoid collapse of the government on crucial issues.

The situation remains to be dim. Nobody wants to work.  Every institution appears to be infested with corruption and inefficiency.  They exist without performing their primary service. Examples are endless.  There are schools and colleges without teaching and hospitals without treatment. Police protection is not available to ordinary citizens since it remains preoccupied with protecting politicians or remains continuously engaged in ‘bandobast’ to face agitational activities of politicians. Even ordinary civic amenities like supply of water and electricity are becoming scarce or polluted in cities although citizens pay for such services. Condition of villages is worse.

Selfish Politicians

While politics has emerged as a lucrative profession, democracy is turning out to be a costly luxury for the taxpayers. In sharp contrast to government employees who earn a pension after putting in a long service, membership of a legislative house even for incomplete term entitles a life-long handsome pension with bag-full of other benefits. Over and above they have an unlimited authority to decide and enhance their own pay and perks.  The citizens have a right to demand that political parties must include proposed pay hikes in election manifesto to seek public mandate before enjoying the same. As a Constitutional safeguard, Supreme Court must review the self-bestowed benefits of legislatures.

Politics has become the past time of certain families and vested groups who frequently regroup under various pretexts to grab political power. Many of our so-called leaders are the creations of media and are sponsored by Mafias.  Most of them are dissidents on some personal grudges and lead factions based upon caste and region.  Switching parties is their survival. Regionalism is overshadowing the National priorities and unity of the Country.

Performance Audit

Candidates are elected to legislative forums to represent the voters during proceedings but the empty benches and thin attendance during sessions reflect their indifference to duty.  Their effort is spent to disrupt the business of the house. There is no one to question as to why elected members are absent during the proceedings of the house and do not discuss the issues in a democratic manner to justify the expenses the voters have to bear upon them? Equally pertinent is to ask why do chairpersons and speakers remain helpless towards unruly behavior of members.

Instable Non-performing Governments

Due to coalition politics issue of stability of the governments at the center is of highest priority. Some time ago, it was being suggested that the life of parliament and legislatures be fixed for five years to avoid mid-term polls. In case the Government is defeated the existing members may elect a new leader in the house. But if such a suggestion is accepted it will lead to more corruption. Members will be free to swap their alliance partners as frequently as beneficial to their person without any fear of facing the electorate. Effective method is that a defector should not be allowed to re-contest whatever be his justification for switching party.

Alliances must be pre-poll

For ensuring stability, alliances should be pre-poll and for full term of the house.  Assurance to this effect should be given to the President and the Governor, as the case may be, before any Government is formed. Changing of sides thereafter, singly or collectively should require the swappers to resign. The fear of re- election and rejection by public shall deter the defectors and provide stability.

Democracy without discipline, responsibility and awareness will lead to chaos. People want good governance and not an opportunity to vote every five years in the name of democracy.

Chand K Sharma


Let us disinfect our Politics

Elections in UP, Himachal, Punjab, Uttrakhand and some other states are due early next year. Thus we can hear beatles, frogs and hissing of reptiles in the environment to  indicate political environment.

Party swapping is the most favorite activity of our politicians. They come out like cockroaches from gutters, whenever elections are around. In the guise of secularism, they form new electoral alliance to grab power. The most common element they share is being anti Hindu under the excuse of secularism and above all self-preservation. They are open to compromise on every thing for the sake of power. They remain busy cutting each others’ roots and can be willing to support each other for clinging to power.

From who is who in our politics, one has to identify who is the worse of the any two being compared.

  • Mulayam Singh Yadav was a wrestler but turned politician. He aspires Prime Minister Ship, but is short-sighted and canot look beyond UP politics. His war cry is “Hulla Bol” and that sums up his personality, competence, and style of functioning. He has founded several political parties and groups within political parties and claims to be the patriarch of Muslims and Yadav clan together. Given an option, he will like to be a two in one – Prime minister of India and Chief Minister of UP simultaneously! He is backwardness personified. Though he observed a token protest outside the Parliament against corruption, but has been pledging his all out support to UPA Government in case the opposition tried to dislodge the Government on the issue of corruption. He is hopeful that the cases of corruption and disproportionate assets pending against him would be overlooked in return.
  • Laloo Prasad Yadav is a political jester, on the foot steps of his like –  Late Raj Narayan.  Involvement in scams and a large family have been his most talked about political credential. His rustic and obnoxious mannerisms are enough to keep him in focus in media. He is a living example of abrasiveness, obstinacy and nepotism in public, without remorse. Except for fair complexion there is no difference in his attributes when compared with Mulayam Singh Yadav.
  • HD Devegowda chanced to be prime minister once upon time just by stroke of luck. That made him over-estimate his potential and he started viewing him to be suitable for the post of Prime Minister in every season. Though he has spent his political life in engineering defections and party splitting, his departure or return to politics does not make any impact anywhere. Except his body mass, there is nothing to signify his political existence. His reliability and out-put are Zero.
  • IK Gujral was kicked out from Congress by late Sanjay Gandhi during seventies of the past century. He is a loner in political crowd and cannot enter any elected institution through general election. By default he also occupied the chair of Prime Minister, but he remained a piece of political dead-wood throughout. Still he is on look out for crèches to walk on political ground. His contribution was zero although he invented some Gujral Doctrine yet to be deciphered.
  • Sharad Pawar does not need words to describe him. His face is his index and reliability is zero. He is licking his political wounds inflicted by Sonia Gandhi when she kicked him out of Congress with Lock – stock and barrel. He wags his head whenever Sonia smiles at his deeds. Looking at him one is likely to exclaim the greatness of God and His Justice.
  • Ram Vilas Paswan was a product of emergency. He considers himself to be a messiah for Dalits and big brother for Muslims. He continues nourishing his vote bank through soaps to reach the office of Prime Minister. His priorities are to remain in power, and also in the news. He is ahead of others to leave sinking ships in politics whenever the time comes. He is a fork- tounged politicians who can hiss different messages in India and abroad. 
  • N Chandrababu Naidu is like Macbeth in Indian politics. He revolted against his father in law, usurped his political outfit and legacy. He emerged king-maker during coalition politics, but now he is trying hard to  re-anchor himself in Andhra Pradesh only. Though he heads a regional party, he collaborates globally and swears by secularism to appease his Hyderabadi Muslim vote bank. He is an expert in changing sides and can go to any extent in pursuit of his ambition. Of all the opportunist leaders he supports an Ionian image of obsolete hardware.
  • M Karunanidhi & J Jayalalitha, are toggle switches in power politics of Tamil Nadu. While one is up to rule, the other is down. Both have been acting as political gang lords for many decades and share many similarities in their attributes and styles of functioning. Both continue trading charges of corruption against each and get away. Both remain poles apart, and change sides almost in rotation without remorse and principles. Either of them is always ready to support the party in power at the Centre provided pounds of flesh are offered in return.
  • Abdullahs, inherited chief Minister ship of Jammu and Kashmir from their fore father even in twentieth century. Their generations align with the political party ruling at Delhi and remain critical of the central government even at international forums, to project themselves as autonomous rulers. They regard the state of Jammu and Kashmir as family fiefdom. No one is to question their secular or national credentials since the family has been enjoying political immunity under article 370 with the blessings of Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • Ajit Singh  stepped into the shoes of his father in letter and spirit. He has been  following the footsteps of Chowdhary Charan Singh, who was himself a veteran defector. He can be found aligning with any cause, party, or an individual, as long as he can be assured of Cabinet berth. He has mastered the art of political survival and bargaining. He projects himself to be the only savior of farmers. He has life long desire to have a new state Harit Pradesh  carved out of UP with Baghpat as its capital.
  • Mamta Banerjee used to roar on streets and shriek in Parliament like a mauled West Bengal tigress but actually she is not more than a cornered cat all the time purring at everyone who closed on to her.  She had her following in assorted leaderless mobs fed on populous slogans and managed to reach her life time goal to occupy the office of Chief Minister. She is the most unreliable and unpredictable politician. She has climbed the crest and her fall from the crest is yet to be seen.
  • Manmohan Singh is a spineless living being to surprise medical fraternity. He is being used like earthworms used by foreigners to fish in India. He has the distinction of heading the most corrupt government in India. This political satellite was put in the orbit by Sonia Gandhi. As he has outlived awaiting to be replaced by her son as soon as he attained maturity.

All of them are the creations of the media. Their existence is known when they make some utterance or start some agitation; otherwise, no one cares about their whereabouts. They seldom adopt any scientific or democratic approach towards problem solving. In the name of social justice, all of them are living at tax payers cost. Countrymen need to evaluate their past profile and decide that: 

  • Do such people have the capability to make India stand in global competition?
  • Aren’t there other professionals to solve the country’s problems?
  • Why have we left resources of the country at their disposal to retard progress?
  •  Can’t we afford their exit from political scene for ever now?

One thing is certain – Our country will be better managed if at least it is disinfected of above politicians at the first available election opportunity. 

Chand K Sharma

आज ज़रूरत है भगवान परशुराम की

भगवान परशुराम जयन्ती केवल एक जातीय पर्व बन कर रह गया है क्यों कि सिर्फ ब्राह्मण समाज ही हर वर्ष भगवान परशुराम जी के जन्म – दिवस को औपचारिक रूप से समस्त भारत में मनाता है और फिर अगले वर्ष तक उन्हें भूल भी जाता है। उन के चरित्र का सही मूल्यांकन तथा प्रदर्शन आम जनता और विशेषकर युवा वर्ग के सामने नहीं किया गया है।

भगवान परशुराम ऐसे युग पुरूष हैं जो त्रैता युग (रामायण-काल) से दुआपर युग (महाभारत काल) तक उल्लेखनीय रहे हैं, लेकिन उन को एक महा क्रोधी के रूप में ही प्रस्तुत किया जाता है। अकसर राम लीलाओं में ऐक सनकी किस्म के पात्र के रूप में दर्शक लक्षमण परशुराम संवाद की नोंक झोंक का आनन्द ले लेते हैं। सत्यता यह है कि वालमीकि रचित रामायण में ऐसा कोई दृष्य चर्तित नहीं है, परन्तु गोस्वामि तुलसीदास रचित राम चरित मानस में लक्षमण परशुराम संवाद दिया गया है। लगता है उसी को आधार बना कर नाट्यकारों ने मसालेदार संवाद और जोड दिये होंगे जिस के कारण भगवान परशुराम जैसे प्राकर्मी एवम् सदाचारी युग पुरूष का व्यकि्तत्व केवल ऐक भ्रामित रूप में सिमट कर रह गया।  

कहा जाता है परशुराम जी ने अपने पिता ऋषि जमदग्नि की मृत्यु का बदला लेने के लिये इक्कीस बार पृथ्वी को क्षत्रिय विहीन कर दिया था। परन्तु यदि इस बात को सत्य माना जाय तो फिर रघुकुल के महाराज दशरथ और मिथिला के महाराज जनक कैसे उन के क्रोध से बच गये ? परशुराम जी क्षत्रिय राजकुमार राम के आगे क्यों नत्-मस्तक हो गये?

यह भी कहा जाता है कि परशुराम जी ने क्षत्रियों को शस्त्र विद्या ना सिखाने का प्रण भी लिया था जिस के कारण कर्ण को ब्राह्मण बन कर उन से छल कर के ब्रह्मास्त्र प्राप्त करना पड़ा था और भेद खुल जाने पर कर्ण को शाप ग्रस्त भी होना पड़ा था। परन्तु यदि उन्हों ने कोई ऐसा प्रण लिया होता तो वह क्षत्रिय महारथी भीष्म को अपना शिष्य स्वीकार कर के शस्त्र विद्या कभी ना सिखाते।

वास्तव में परशुराम जी ने पथ भ्रष्ट शासक वर्ग के अन्याय और दुष्चरित्र का दमन किया और कुछ क्षत्रियों को उन के अधर्म और अत्याचार के कारण दँडित किया था। वह क्रोधी नहीं थे, अपितु संवेदनशील हो कर उन्हों ने अम्बालिका के साथ हुये अन्याय का प्रतिकार लेने के लिये भीष्म पितामाह जैसे महारथी से युध भी किया था। उन्हों ने ही सर्वप्रथम संत-सिपाही का कीर्तिमान स्थापित किया। बाद में अंग्रेज़ी साहित्य में भी इसाई धर्म की परम्पराओं और इसाई अबलाओं की रक्षा के लिये नाईट्स उल्लेखनीय पात्रों के रूप में चर्चित हुये। सिख गुरू जनों ने भी पीरी और मीरी की परम्परा अपनायी।

भ्रान्तिवश आज केवल जन्म के आधार पर ही जातीय वर्गीकरण किया जाता है और कर्म तथा शैक्षिक योग्यता को अनदेखा कर दिया जाता है। केवल जन्म के आधार पर अपने आप को ब्राह्मण कहने वालों में से कई व्यक्ति दुराचर्ण भी करते हैं, शैक्षिक योग्यता से ब्राह्मण कहलाने वाले दुष्कर्म होते देख कर उसे अनदेखा कर देने में ही अपनी सुरक्षा और भलाई समझते हैं। क्या इस प्रकार के ब्राह्मणों को भगवान परशुराम का वंशज कहलाना शोभा देता है? अतः आज के संदर्भ में शिक्षत वर्ग के लोगों को अपने सामाजिक उत्तरदाइत्व का मूल्यांकन करने की अति अधिक आवशक्ता है।

आवशक्ता है कि सही मायनों में देश के शिक्षित वर्ग के लोग सामाजिक अन्याय, अपराध और पथभ्रष्ट शासक वर्ग के विरुध भगवान परशुराम की दिखाई हुई राह पर चल कर दिखायें। संवेदनशील बनें, सामाजिक बुराईयां देख कर भी निष्क्रिय ना रहें, हताश होने के बजाये क्रियावन्त हो कर उन्हें नष्ट करने के लिये अग्रसर हों। आज भारत को फिर से ज़रूरत है भगवान परशुराम के सच्चे वंशजों की ।

अगर आज के युग में भगवान परशुराम होते तो वह भ्रष्ट नेताओं और काँग्रेस के धर्मनिर्पेक्ष नेताओं का संहार अवशय करते जिन्हों ने देश और धर्म को अपनी आचार हीनता से क्षतिग्रस्त कर छोडा है। आज भारत को स्वामी रामदेव और अन्ना हजारे के साथ भगवान परशुराम की भी सख्त ज़रूरत है।

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