If you are working in an office, be it a PSU or in the private sector, what are the chances that you will not get fired with immediate effect if you were responsible for getting no work done over one issue or the other? You just go to work, rake up one petty controversy or the other; the main objective is to ensure that no work gets done. No debate, no sensible talking, just pure arguments for the sake of creating trouble only. Will anyone tolerate this attitude? What are the chances of ever finding a respectable employment opportunity? Next to zilch unless of course you decide to become a politician! You just need to show your ‘track record’ of disrupting work to the Opposition and it is sure to be so impressive, you are bound to get on board, with immediate effect!
That unfortunately is the current scenario. Leadership abilities no longer pertains to leading the country to a better future or team building to reach the common objective. No way! Today’s leadership is all about each on his/her own, damn the country and its people! Objective is to only score a political point, who cares about common objective. Really, the true leaders of India, like Gandhiji, Bhagat Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Vallabhai Patel and even iconic business leaders like JRD, Aditya Birla would be crying tears of pain in heaven. What have we as a nation come to today? Any television channel and all we hear is this constant drone of controversies, all together sounding like a hound of dogs barking, baying for blood. Who let these dogs out?
The objective of the Opposition, an able and right minded one, is to rightfully question the ruling party to ensure that the people do not get short changed. Their objective is to keep the Govt on its toes. But here, the toes are trampled upon and the biggest losers are indeed us, we the people. The Opposition is fighting for us but do we need it? Have they bothered to ask us if we want what they are proposing? The Opposition has issues, one after the other – it began with Chidambaram, Telangana, then price rise, then black money, corruption and now FDI in retail. So where does this opposition end? Or rather when does the Opposition do some constructive opposition? Without a debate, can there be a solution? Merely causing a ruckus everyday and ensuring that the Parliament does not function at all does not solve anything. These politicians are available on all TV news channels, debating over the very same issues. So why not in the Parliament?
It is not as though the ruling Govt is pure as the sunshine. Far from it. The UPA is smeared with scams and taints which is unprecedented in the history of India. And work? They believe in sitting on issues, allowing it to either simmer and come to a boil, when they might react or else, just ignore it and allow it to fizzle out. The Prime Minister is well known for being quiet, always. The entire UPA is today looked upon as a legion of policy ditherers.
We, the people of India deserve better governance and yes, a better opposition too. The very people for whom they are fighting for, allowing now work to happen, are the same people who are unfortunately paying for this loss of work. Opposition to everything and anything; no action of anything by the UPA; don’t we deserve better? The question which comes to mind when we see the adjournment day in and day out is – can’t we the people do anything about these politicians? Why is it that we don’t have the power to throw this bunch of people out, lock, stock and barrel! The UPA is a today a symbol of complete poor governance and the Opposition is only compounding things further. We are the very same people who re-elected the UPA so it would be easy for many to say that we deserve what we are getting today? But did we have a better alternative? If the Opposition was more responsible, at least there was a choice. Today, between the devil and the deep sea, it would be better to just drown and die! Because that is precisely what UPA and the Opposition are doing – slowly killing India and Indians.
Liberalisation alone will not solve fiscal problems. World class shopping experience and more food subsidy for the poor in the Food Bill, all seem knee jerk and populist vote catching moves. If this is the way in which we continue, the rest of the world will soon recover and we might teeter on the brink of deep ravine. Or are we already in the ravine?