Politics without Ethics
“On 15th August 1947 when India after centuries of foreign domination started breathing fresh air of freedom, none would have thoughts that this 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 put and the persons to whom the responsibility of governing the country be taken over, would be the fountain head of such poisonous contaminated air.”
Today politicians, the leaders administrating the country are obsessed with the monomania to plunder the country and fulfill 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, bureaucrats and mafias. Now-a days, politicians has been 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 provides 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 it serves their interest. The trading and defection among the political parties have become a common practice. Number of scam cases are 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 mortality and ethics. Now unless the court decides a politicians 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 stamp case, Jain diary case, Bank security scam, Tehelka case, Hawala case, Fodder scam. We find wires linked to some powerful politicians when the office of Prime Minister during Rao rule 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.K. Antony resigned over issue for which he was not responsible and O.V. Alagesan ruled from the central cabinet over the alleged imposition of Hindi in the erstwhile Madras State.
Many politicians have reached the grace of immorality when as a last ditch effort to snatch 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 muscles power and openly threaten the common people either to vote for them or get ready to be wiped out.
Impact of unethical politicians
The Indian leaders have empowered to direct the course of the nation’s socio-economical development. They formulate policies for the developmental activities to be initiated at macro level. Their decision possesses far reaching effect in the development process of the country.-But they themselves become corrupt, spells unethical and immoral acts, it can wreck havoc on the country. The ills of communalism, casteism, nepotism has slowly become the necessity of political arena. Today our country could not progress so rapidly, as has acquired many, ills, like corruption, communalism, casteism, all because the leaders have forgotten their moral and ethical duties towards the motherland and have but one motto to snatch the power and earn money in any way.
People have lost their belief in the leaders. The youth are disillusioned and they are going to the west for higher education stay there permanently. Voters have also become increasingly indifferent towards the process of election. They have to opt between the corrupt and the more corrupt and so that turnout is very thin in recent elections.
The situation is undoubtedly very grave. In a country where the common men become indifferent to the process of election which is the base of our democratic set up, due to the politics and politicians being 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 who makes them corrupt, unethical, goons to a great extent. If the people use their rights to vote in favour 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 ponder twice to fight election but it is not the case. The situation is entirely different. Whosoever can expend more money in election, whosoever can use more muscle power in election, has more opportunities of victory. In such condition, 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 really very high.
It is not to infer 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 the nation. It is high time to implement a code of conduct to stem to rot and this exercise must begin right now. A transparency in the working is very urgently required. Responsible opposition and the media can play fundamental 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 ledger, the future of the nation is in dark, and they themselves have to suffer because of their own wrong judgment. Let us hope that the people of the country will use their vote in favour of dedicated, sincere and honest leaders for themselves and for the welfare of this great nation in future elections.