By Soumya Raj:
The road to hell is always paved with good intentions, they say. The latest, much hyped about ordinance by the UPA gives a clean chit to the lawmakers who were previously disqualified on grounds of being convicted of offences with two or more years in jail, and also barred from contesting elections. Not only did it evoke a mixed response from the people, it also disoriented the entire polarization of the frontrunners; such as Rahul Gandhi, Milind Deora and Sandip Dixit.
This could have been a really weak pedestal to sieve the good leaders from the bad — after all, if they are convicted of any crime amounting to a punishment of two or more years in jail, they would be immediately barred from contesting in elections or even holding their office. However, if they make an appeal to a higher court and that appeal is accepted within 90 days, this conviction is negated and they can again hold the positions they were refuted from. The very act of approving this much harried and not well thought of ordinance has a lot of loopholes, why such a sudden ordinance on an issue on which there was no previous or well organized political consensus? Or why such an urgency to bring forth an ordinance itself, in the first place? Doesn’t it give a chance to anyone, fraud or fealty, Â to hold an important say in our governance, thus vanquishing our faith in democracy forever?
Although in not a very polished way, or pertaining to the code of conduct Rahul Gandhi should be following, given a person of his popularity and stature, and a slightly juvenile stint, he has managed to get across the message that this indeed is not correct. There are so many loopholes in the ordinance, which makes it comes across as a very hasty way to gain the people’s trusts. The way the ordinance has been pushed through, all of a sudden, shows how threadbare and shallow the whole process of approving the ordinance was. It would be a shame if parliamentarians with serious charges, most of which could be true, could come to request for votes to govern a democracy like India, when their records are dotted with several offences.
While the people get some food for thought about how our very “democratic” country is shaping up, BJP takes full advantage of this whole chink, where Rahul represents Congress’s viewpoints and openly claimed the ordinance to be “nonsense”, saying that Congress grain of thought does not match UPA’s decision. Rahul is, for perhaps the first time, not wrong, since a democracy’s basic line of governance is by the people, for the people, of the people. And if out of all the possible leaders, the good and the bad have equal chances to govern our country, where will our loyalties lie? This decision is controversial and disturbed, and has disturbed many; leaders with previous crimes as nasty as rapes, murders, child molestation, abuse or corruption can stand at the same level as the more suitable candidates.
Given the whole concept of egalitarianism in a democracy, there should be no question of giving a chance to people with such dubious records. And such advancements shake up the faith of people, that too, right before the onset of the 2014 elections. Such decisions show the poor thinking skills our leaders have, and also the lack of farsightedness, which could give a few people power (who are already wolves under sheep skins) to destroy the already declining governance, the very pillars that hold up the policymaking business would crumble furthermore.
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