Politics without Ethics
“On 15th August 1947 when India after centuries of foreign domination started breathing fresh air of freedom, none would have thought that his very fresh air would turn foul and with the passes of time get so much contaminated that it would poison the whole of the country’s democratic set up and the persons to whom the responsibility of governing the county be given, would be the fountain head of such poisonous contaminated air”.
The present day, politicians, the leaders governing the country, are obsessed with the monomania to loot the country and fill their own coffers, could be seen fighting for the bone like the snarling stray dogs on the street. power by hook or by crook is their only motto and this power leads to conspiracy, murder, forging a network of likeminded politicians and bureaucrats and mafias. Now-a-days, politics has become such a lucrative profession, wherein prior investment of money and muscle power to grab the chair once, is sufficient to feed the several generations and gives one the status and respectful position in society. Which another profession could be so rewarding? Politicians are very much willing to liaise with any political party or group so long ti serves their interest. The trading and defection among the political parties has become a common proactive. See how Mr. Jogi, Ex Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh caught red handed with audio tapes, alluring the MLA’s of BJP to join his party. Number of scam cases is pending before the courts, relating to misappropriation, frauds, corruptions, in which the present day politicians are shamelessly involved. The definition of corruption has since modified by these politicians, tearing every fabric of morality and ethics. Now unless the court decides a politician as corrupt, otherwise he is more honest than an individual even after jailed for months on corruption charges.
Talking of ethics, in terms of politicians is the most traumatic joke of the day. In every big scandal, whether, Telgi Stamps case, Jain Diary Case, Bank Security Scam, Tehelka Case, Hawala Case, Fodder Scam, we find wires connected to some powerful politicians when the office of Prime Minster during Rao regime was in question, what can be talked of lower rank politicians? It is the same India, where Lal Bahadur Shastri, resigned over a solitary rail accident, where A.A. Antony resigned over issue for which he was not responsible, and O.V. Alagesan resigned from the Central Cabinet over the alleged imposition of Hindi in the erstwhile Madras State. Can we forget laudable example of collective responsibility set up by Britain decades ago when the Harold Macmillan government resigned en-masse over scandal of the Defence Minister Profumo associated with the prostitute Christine Keeler, an obscure spy, hobnobbing with a Soviet Minister.
Many politicians have reached the nadir of immorality when as a last ditch effort to grab power, they resort to booth capturing and rigging with the help of criminals and dreaded gangsters. Many politicians are winning the elections, just because they wield huge muscle power and openly threaten the common people either to vote fro them or get ready to be wiped out.
Impact of unethical politicians
A leader in office has the authority to direct the course of nations’ socio-economical development. He enjoys the powers to make policies for the developmental activities to be initiated at macro level. His decisions have far reaching effect in the developmental process of the country. But he himself become corrupt, spells unethical and immoral acts, it can wreck havoc on the country. The ills of communalism, casteism, nepotism have gradually become the necessity of political arena. Nine five year plans have since been completed, and tenth five year plan is on the anvil yet the development is not up to the mark. Rightly observed by Sh. Rajeev Gandhi, the then Prime Minister, that our of 100 only 17% is actually spend on developmental work, and the rest goes into the pockets of officials and politicians. Today our country could not progress so rapidly, as has acquired many, ills, like corruption, communalism, casteism, all because the leaders have forgotten their oral and ethical duties towards the Motherland and have but one motto to grab the power and earn money by hook or by crook.
People have lost their faith in the leaders, the youth are disillusioned and they are goig to the west for higher education and settle there permanently. Voters have also become increasingly indifferent towards the process of election. They have to choose between the corrupt and the more corrupt and so the turnout is very thin in recent elections. The situation is undoubtedly very grave. Everyone seems frustrated, unhappy, find none who can improve the things. In a country where the common men become indifferent to the process of election which is the base of our democratic setup, due to the politics and politicians becoming unethical, immoral, the disastrous effect is unimaginable, the whole democratic fabric may be paralyzed.
It is not appropriate to blame the politicians alone. It is the public that is responsible to a great extent in making the politicians corrupt, unethical, goons. If the people use their right to vote in four of a gentleman and honest leaders, and devote some time to make him winner, an example be set and the corrupt and goons would have to thinks twice to fight election but it is not the case, the situation is entirely different. Whosoever can spend more money in election, whosoever can use more muscle power in election, has more chances of victory. In such situation, why does any politician not like to earn more to remain in power or to win next election? The tolerance limit of Indian public is indeed very high.
It is not to conclude that all the politicians are corrupt and unethical. The hope lies with only such honest, dedicated and devoted politicians who have sacrificed a lot for the welfare of this nation. It is high time that we enforce a code of conduct to stem the rot and this exercise must being right now. A transparency in the working is very urgently needed. Responsible opposition and the media can play very important role in exposing the unethical and immoral corrupt politicians. The people are also becoming aware that unless they will use their right to vote in favour of a better leader, the future of the nation is in dark, and they themselves have to suffer because of their own wrong judgement. Let us hope the people of the country will use their vote in the coming elections in favour of dedicated, sincere and honest leaders for the good of themselves and for the welfare of this great nation.
Winning elections at all costs, without ethics, is a new normal in politics, the Election Commission said today.
"Democracy thrives when elections are free, fair and transparent. However, it appears to a cynical common man. We have been scripting narrative that places maximum premium on winning at all costs to the exclusion of ethical considerations. Winning the elections at all cost, without ethics, is new normal in politics," Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said, while addressing the press conference.
He also stated that it is this creeping new normal of political morality that should be a target for the exemplary action by all the political parties, politicians, media and civil society organisations, and constitutional authorities.
"In this narrative, the poaching of legislators is extolled as smart political management strategic introduction of money for allurement, tough-minded use of state machinery for intimidation - all commended as resourcefulness. It is this creeping new normal of political morality that should be a target for the exemplary action by all the political parties, politicians, media and civil society organisations, constitutional authorities and all those having faith in developing quality for a better election," he said.
The elections watchdog's comments have come in the wake of the recent report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), according to which, the corporate houses donated a total of Rs. 956.77 crore to national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16, making up 89 per cent of the total contribution from the known sources.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received the most corporate donations at more than Rs. 705 crore.
At least five political parties considered for the report were the BJP, Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM).
"Between 2012-13 and 2015-16, five national parties received a total of Rs. 1,070.68 crore via voluntary contributions above Rs. 20,000 out of which 89 per cent of Rs. 956.77 crore was from corporates/business houses," the ADR report said.
Every year, the national political parties are required to submit the details of donors who made donations of more than Rs. 20,000 in a financial year to the Election Commission (EC).
"Between 2012-13 and 2015-16, BJP's and INC's voluntary contributions above Rs. 20,000 from corporate/business houses was 92 per cent and 85 per cent, respectively," the report said.
However, the CPI and the CPM have the lowest share of corporate donations at 4 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was not considered for analysis in the report as the party has stated that it received no charitable contributions above Rs. 20,000 from any donor during the particular period. (ANI)