Dilip Lande, Shiv Sena MLA from Mumbai was involved in a controversy where he was forcing a municipal cleaner contractor to sit on a waterlogged street and dumped garbage on him from supporters. The second incident is about Gautam Gambhir MP from Delhi. He is found guilty by the Delhi High court for holding unauthorised medicine.
These two politicians are seeking too much attention from the public. Some people are justifying them, while some people are saying it’s wrong. The common similarity in these two cases is that both people are still in their political positions of power. These types of cases have continuously repeated in the past years. This indicates that a new kind of system is developing in our system, where all the power is going to political parties.
Last year in 2020, in between the pandemic lockdown, I was in Mumbai. I was doing a job there. I lived in a rented room with two of my colleagues. During the lockdown, one day, my friend brought a bag of rice that was being distributed from the political party of the ruling office. After some days my friend brings a bag of rice from another political party office. This was the national ruling party.
In both rice bags, a common thing I noticed was that both were given by political parties and both were in power, one in the centre the other in the state.
Secondly, they posted advertising stickers of their parties on rice bags which they distributed. And the next day, I found a claim on platforms of both parties that they were taking care of migrant workers. And I believe that both political parties were doing something for migrant workers. But the question is: is this kind of help appropriate? Help should come from the government and their related departments.
Migrants who wanted to go to their state/home had to complete many documents from related government departments like medical certificate, police verification, etc. If they had political links they got their documents easily, but if they did not have political links, they suffered to get their documents.
Currently, I see the same in the vaccination program. It looks like a political parties advertisement. If this environment continues, then the day is not far when a citizen will officially take justice from political parties and the administration.
I know this looks hypothetical, but when we see the current circumstances, it sadly looks possible. To stop these bad practices of the administration, the media can play an important role. They can spread awareness.
Political parties and their workers must follow the constitutional value. They should remember a quote from B R Ambedkar: “Constitutional morality is not a natural sentiment, it has to be cultivated.”