Desh ka maha त्यौहार
The great festival of the countryElection Commission of India
Slogan for 2019 General Elections
2019 is election year in India. Five years have already passed and the incumbent government’s tenure is coming to an end. The country and her people are set to choose a new government, which will represent their hopes and aspirations for the next five years.
A few days ago, I was watching a News program. In this program, the reporter was going around the city of Delhi and talking to various people on the streets. He asked them,”If you were the Prime Minister of India what would you do for the country and what would you talk about in your speeches?” It wasn’t a surprise that majority of them couldn’t speak, but when it comes to criticizing those who are currently running the government. Suddenly they find their tongue to criticize them in a nonconstructive manner.
It is not an easy task running a country, with a population of 1.3 billion people. It certainly isn’t easier to do it every single day for five years, longer if you are re-elected. It saddens me to know that many people in, not only India, but the world so easily criticize those seated in offices of power with just one sentence when they don’t even know the reality. Often, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India is criticized by the people for not fulfilling the promises he made in his campaign speeches in the 2014 general elections. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Taking decisions, that affects billions people is easier said than done. Imagine yourself in a situation, where you have to take a decision which will affect the billions of this country, I guarantee you that you will falter in that particular situation. Let us look at the good old saying,“Rome was not built in a day.” This saying holds true for many situations, particularly this one. When the Narendra Modi led NDA government took power in the year 2014 when the country was in shambles. Things have improved over the 2 years, not up to the par most people would say but I stress on the fact, it is not as easy as it sounds.
Barack Obama, in a D.N.C. speech said that,“nobody truly understands the challenges of the job of being the President until you have actually sat at that desk, everybody has an opinion, everybody tweets, but nobody knows the challenges until you have sat at the desk.” This not applicable to just the U.S. but to all countries in the world. Give the government a break, no matter which party you support, in the end they have been trying their best to run OUR country. In fact they require our support more than ever to get through this period of hard times and actually see the start of ‘acche din’ (good days).
The parliament has entered into the monsoon session, and the prime minister has requested all political parties to set aside their personal opinions and differences with each other and start off this monsoon session on a positive and productive note.
In a democratic setup, the prime feature is the opinion of the people and that they have the right to express their views and opinion. Like the quote I have used on my website header,“I disagree with what you say, but I shall defend your right to say it” – Voltaire adequately represents what democracy is about but it doesn’t mean that we have the right to say whatever we want and however we want. Being a country,which consists of so much of diversity we the people must have a moral sense towards the things we say on a public platform.
It is the same idea that the political parties that are present in our country have to develop within themselves. As the opposition party it is their responsibility to check the acitivities of the government and the political party in power and make sure that their actions are for the welfare of the people and that their rights are not infringed upon. But by stopping the activities of the government like legislation and introducing new laws is even a greater form of infringing the democratic rights of the people. The opposition parties alone are not the representatives of the people, even the ruling party is a representative and by disallowing them proper functioning of the parliament infringes this indirect right of the people to a proper and functioning government as it is the people who elected them.
An example of how the political parties of the country were united is the recent events in Jammu and Kashmir. All political parties are united on this issue and are fighting against the forces who are against the country on this issue, together.
The above example is what the parties have to do on every single issue, put national interests above personal and political agendas. If this is not done, then these political parties will only be creating a difficult situation for themselves in the future if they are to come to power. ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’ -Mahatma Gandhi Political vendetta is a very serious issue and the quote is appropriate for it. Political parties have a hard time getting over the past, they simply lack the motivation as well as the desire to be the ‘better person’, take the high road, be ethical.
I’m not saying that political parties should just say yes to every single thing the government says, but instead it should look at it from a national interest perspective. If something like Goods and Services tax (GST), which will ensure simplicity in the tax system and promote ease of business which will attract many multi-national corporations as well as setting up of businesses by the individuals in the country itself, generating employment and improving the lives of the people. Then the opposition should not remain adamant and instead support this change wholeheartedly and begin a new era in Indian governance and politics.
“The only thing that is constant is change” – Heraclitus