A disrupted democracy

Sep 08, 2012, 08:14 IST | MiD DAY Correspondent

The monsoon session of the Parliament ended yesterday, no major business having been conducted ever since proceedings were disrupted over the CAG report on the coal block allocation. The session, which was a total washout, saw an aggressive Opposition that bayed for the PM’s resignation over the coal scam.

While a strong Opposition is indispensable for a healthy democracy, a parliament that is repeatedly disrupted implies a travesty. It’s a pity that the Opposition could not engage in constructive dialogue over controversial issues and instead chose to disrupt the entire democratic machinery. Not that the Opposition was united in its disruptive ways — the Samajwadi Party and BSP were not in favour of stalling business.

In the largest democracy of the nation, one should be able to expect decorous debate, with eminent members of the Opposition expressing its views on the matter and asking the government to clarify its position. One wonders if all the caterwauling was an intentional ploy to drown out the truth, which is that leaders from both the Congress and BJP have been found involved in the questionable allocation of coal blocks. The list of beneficiaries has a few prominent names such as the Dardas and the Jaiswals from the Congress camp, but also features the Sanchetis from the BJP camp.

It is also shocking that three prominent leaders from the two camps were missing in action at the crucial sessions. While Sonia Gandhi was away for a medical check up, the PM was on his visit to Tehran and Nitin Gadkari was away on a ‘family tour’ to Canada.

It’s difficult to predict how the blackest decade in the history of Indian democracy will pan out. The only truth emerging though the corruption-induced smog is the fact that nothing can be considered holy or sacrosanct any longer. Things have clearly fallen apart when guardians of the nation happily plunder national resources for personal benefit. 

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