Vote won - Trust lost, but there are some good lessons to learn

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"I am a Muslim and I am an Indian, and I see no distinction between the two", "The enemies of Indian Muslims are not America or deals like these. The enemies are the same as the enemies of all those who are poor — poverty, hunger, lack of development and the absence of a voice….”, "...jab tak kashmir mein musalman hain, Srinagar aur Amarnath mein aap ki yaatra chalti rahegi (As long as there is a single Muslim in Kashmir, the Srinagar and Amarnath Yatra will never stop)."
I can never forget those sentences for the rest of my life. Omar Abdullah's cogent arguments in recently concluded parliamentary special session reflected his keen mind and an ability to think clearly and logically. He was laconic in his words, his down to earth approach to express his ideas sent chills down my spine.  "During the two-day special session to discuss the trust motion, only Omar Abdullah among the genuinely young pols held his own [churumuri]." Take a look at his inspiring speech.

Two days' significantly high quality debate was completely masked by the high drama of "Cash for Vote". Our media repeatedly shown those disturbing pictures. But very few were able to sense the high quality debate in the parliament. You can find the complete text here, Day-1, Day-2. Of course, there was mud slinging, that's the part and parcel of politics, but there were few leaders like Dr. Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, Omar Abdullah, for some extent Rahul Gandhi (he said, "instead of worrying about how the world will impact us, we should start worrying about how we will impact the world."), etc.. who have shown the far reaching vision for the nation. Young parliamentarians sent a very clear message to the nation, "National interest is above the party politics." Lalu Yadav's humorous remarks added special taste in the debate, he was at his proverbial best, take a look.

I feel, some times it's better if the media and public are not quixotic. The myth that 'there is only mud slinging in parliament', is of course, not true. There are some good things, in fact little more than ever before. There are pros and cons, there is no point in dwelling on the bad things in parliament, their is no point in emphasizing them vehemently. There are some things which are unavoidable in most vibrant and dynamic democracy like ours (I don't say that we shouldn't criticize, but we shouldn't loose ourselves in the oblivion of criticism). The media, the public and of course all of us should help our democracy to free from myths and help it develop harmoniously. The idea here is simple, If there are unavoidable (bad) things, learn the lesson, take it (lesson learnt) forward and cherish the good things, rest will be just history.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good one. I have also witnessed some good conversations in parliament. But to make such words true we have to also support morally.

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