The nature of the parliamentary system in our country and how clever people use it for their own interests and benefits merits a study. Seen in an academic manner, the use of the parliamentary system should be for the prevention and alleviation or removal of the public’s sorrows and pains, and the solution for any other kind of problem prevailing in the country should come from Parliament, but our Parliament is miles away from this.
In parliamentary democracy, the Opposition has an important place, although in a true democracy there shouldn’t be a ruling party and an Opposition. Representatives of people should be in Parliament along with the country’s institutions. In other words, in a true democracy all the people sitting in Parliament are in the ruling party and in the Opposition. Decisions should be taken on the basis of issues, but in our country, there is an Opposition and the Opposition is making immense fun of parliamentary democracy.
Seen in a comparative manner, the Congress has more ability to use parliamentary democracy in its own favour. The Congress has always made use of parliamentary democracy in the interests of and for the benefit of the party and has kept the problems of the people totally aside. The past ten years are witness to the fact that that no matter how much costliness, prices and inflation have increased, corruption has increased, unemployment has increased, the Congress has not allowed the public anger to spill out on the roads. If one looks at the question of prices and inflation, the Prime Minister says with extreme shamelessness that he does not have a magic wand and money does not grow on trees. After Independence, price rises and inflation have broken all standards and norms and the pain has now increased so much that it has become a medicine itself. Nobody is taking up inflation and blaming the Government. The only mention of inflation in Parliament is as a ‘reference’.
On unemployment, lies are being shamelessly told. The Congress or the Government cannot be seen searching anywhere for a solution to unemployment. The Government is itself terminating jobs, but is giving an impression that it is increasing jobs. And on corruption, what to say! Scams are coming before one not on a monthly calculation or basis, but on a weekly calculation or basis. And the scams too are not appearing before one in crores of rupees but in lakhs of crores of rupees.
There is no discussion on this in Parliament, nor is there a boycott of Parliament because of corruption that has reached the absolute limit. The Prime Minister in whose tenure the most scams have surfaced, that Prime Minister is being considered honest. That Prime Minister against whom the CBI and the Supreme Court too have pointed a finger, Parliament is silent on that Prime Minister. The full credit for this goes to the Congress itself.
Polluting parliamentary democracy and using it – while the Congress is proficient in doing that, dyeing the other political parties sitting in Parliament in its own colours — that is the supreme achievement of the Congress. Therefore, it can be said quite unquestionably that using parliamentary democracy for one’s own interests and benefits and making parliamentary democracy irrelevant in the context of the people is preparing the ground for a new Mahabharata in this country.
Credit also goes to the Congress for the fact that the Planning Commission of the Government running under its leadership has with extreme irresponsibility deemed an income of 34 rupees in cities and an income of 27 rupees in villages as incomes that make life worth living. And two of their spokespersons have been saying that with 12 rupees and 5 rupee you can get enough food to fill your stomachs fully in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, but no stir takes place in our Parliament over this. The Congress has turned the one weapon which people had got the Right to Information according to its own calculations. The Government is bent upon showing criminals the way to Parliament. The interests of farmers were sold into the hands of builders, but there is no stir about it in Parliament.
In the name of the Opposition in Parliament, beginning with the Bharatiya Janata Party to a party which has just one MP, there are nearly 20 parties, but they are all silent in Parliament. Mostly, parties are providing leadership in State Governments at some places or are part of the Government. What the Congress is doing here, the parties are doing that in the States. In Parliament therefore, they are deliberately not raising their voice. The one line analysis is that all these parties use the parliamentary system only to deceive and mislead the people. Against corruption, inflation and unemployment, an agreement has taken place, a pact has been made between them on the principle of co-existence. This pact has compelled, forced the people of the country to wander in a jungle of despondency and disappointment. This jungle of despondency and disappointment is showing many paths.
In this great celebration of despondency and disappointment, almost all the border States of the country are providing a field of their choice to Naxalites for developing and spreading. More than one-third of the country is under the ‘influence’ of Naxalites. There are no roads in this part, nor is there employment, nor are there ‘rotis’ (bread), nor indeed is there any respect. The roads for which the money was gobbled up by people connected with the Government, today the paramilitary forces are nervous and fearful of going to those places. Lost and forgotten, when these paramilitary forces do go to these areas and when they are attacked by the Naxalites, then the news of those attacks too reaches people after many days. More than one-third of the people of the country are silently supporting Naxalites because of corruption, inflation, unemployment, problems of education and health.
The direct meaning of this is that all the political parties are using parliamentary democracy against the people to the extent that they have deliberately brought Naxalism to the front as an alternative. And the Naxalites are taking advantage of this foolishness ideologically and in principle and are saying that parliamentary democracy can never stand with the poor. Amongst all of them Gandhi has disappeared, because those who took the name of Gandhi do not themselves believe in Gandhi. Therefore, they have accepted that the place for Gandhi’s views is in his statues that have been put up in public places.
Now in the midst here arrives a wandering Anna Hazare. Anna Hazare has announced that he will fight the second battle of freedom, of Independence. The meaning of the second battle of freedom, of Independence is that all the political parties in Parliament will be uprooted and discarded. Where Anna Hazare is saying on one side that he wants to free parliamentary democracy from the pollution of political parties, he is also saying in clear terms that if, after taking the people into confidence, development work is not started immediately, then the country will adopt the ideology, the principles of the Naxalites.
The way our parliamentary democracy has made all sections of people in India suffer, has given them disappointment, it could have given birth to violent angry reactions as a result, but because of Anna Hazare the people still have faith in non-violence. And perhaps this is why political parties and corrupt Government officials are not the victims of violence. They are roaming around, eating out in restaurants, and even watching cinema. It is curious that political parties want to prove Anna unsuccessful, but the Naxalite movement sees a big possibility and large potential in Anna. They are fully convinced that political parties will definitely prove that Anna is unsuccessful, which will lead to the spread of disappointment on a large scale and at that time people will stand up in their support.
Polluting parliamentary democracy and using it while the Congress is proficient in doing that, dyeing the other political parties sitting in Parliament in its own colours that is the supreme achievement of the Congress. Therefore, it can be said quite unquestionably that using parliamentary democracy for one’s own interests and benefits and making parliamentary democracy irrelevant in the context of the people is preparing the ground for a new Mahabharata in this country. A new Mahabharata in which on one side will be, under the leadership of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party along with all other parties present in Parliament. On the other side will be, under the leadership of Anna Hazare, the people of India and all the other numerous organisations, including Naxalites, fighting for the interests and benefit of the people. The signals of a new Mahabharata can clearly be seen.