People had begun to believe in some of his promises. Unfortunately, as the poet said – “Zamana barey shouq se sun raha tha, hum he so gaye dastan kahte.” The public was listening with rapt attention, it were I – the story teller, who slept during narration. Modi could have avoided all that superfluous dispensable rhetoric. Only May 16 would reveal the efficacy of his judgment.
Yesterday, he crossed the limit of Political ‘Maryada’ and targeted the Election Commission, accusing it of not acting impartially and daring it to take action against him. “I am levelling a serious charge against the Election Commission. You have failed to stop rigging and violence in West Bengal, Bihar and parts of western Uttar Pradesh. Why are you not acting? What is your intention? If you feel what I am saying now is wrong, you have permission to lodge another case against me… Democracy doesn’t work like this. I know how much rigging took place in the elections on May 30… Isn’t it the EC’s responsibility to conduct peaceful and fair polls.”
He forgot that EC doesn’t need his permission to take action against him. One can smell the traits of dictatorship in his dialogue.
Sometimes back, JDU President Sharad Yadav had ridiculed Narendra Modi for what he said was his "desperation" to become Prime Minister and advised him to take the oath of office from PA Sangma, whom BJP had fielded as its contestant for the 2012 Presidential elections.
"If he (Modi) has become so desperate, he should place the replica of Lal Qila (Red Fort) behind himself and take oath (of prime ministership) from Sangma, whom BJP had fielded (as its candidate in the presidential elections). He is not going to become prime minister. He is selling dreams. A merchant or a juggler sells dreams, but a politician is one who talks about dreams that can be realized. The manner in which he used the word 'third rate' is not done in political discourse. Neither Congress nor BJP is going to come to power (at the Centre). They (BJP) are now shouting from rooftops. They will just remain there,” Yadav had said.
EC had earlier ordered action against Modi for allegedly violating electoral laws by displaying his party symbol and delivering a “political speech” minutes after casting his vote.
Targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, NaMo had said he would make her stop all “natakbazi”, if the BJP comes to power at the Centre. “If you elect me, you will have rasgullas in both hands. If there is a strong and powerful government at the Centre, Didi will have to stop all her natakbazi in West Bengal and run her government seriously.”
This scribe is deliberately avoiding the Assam’s Kokrajhar massacre as it is a highly emotional debatable issue. It needs another treatment. Was NaMo justified to raise the issue of migrants during these volatile times?
Here, I want to share the merits of politician with the reader. In a democracy, we can’t do without a politician. He may be unfit, contemptible and wide of the mark to the merit or stature of the office he contests; he might have deceived us in past with his promises and deeds; he might have misled us in many domains. However, he is just one of the galaxy of politics and all of them are not bad apples.
Granted that Indian politics has become so murky that we seldom expect good deeds from our politicians but they often do good things also. We do not learn about them because we care two hoots about good deeds. What we know about them is mostly through the propaganda of their opponents. In spite their bumpy rides we shouldn’t give up upon them. Hoping against hope, we should keep great expectations and high hopes in them. We should try to know about their character, their past and their outlook of future. They aren’t really dispensable.
No individual is perfect and no constitution upon earth is perfect. That is why, time and again, we need amendments. Our constitutional fathers were so lenient to human flaws that despite plethora of checks and balances, we have a galore of alleged criminals in our temple of democracy today.
‘Worthy Character’ is the fundamental of all human beings who want to lead. It is a noble quality in public and private life. It is crucial because politics in a democracy is about ‘trust.’ Character and Trust are concomitant. We must define what is acceptable and unacceptable; what we ought to expect and not to expect from our leaders. A politician who breaks the law with impunity should be held responsible not only at the polling booth but in court-of-law also.
‘Integrity’ is another point. Integrity means incorruptible honesty in the eyes of law and behind the law; that is, when the law is not looking. It means playing be the established rules, not subverting them, even for the ideological or party gain. Integrity also means leading by example.
Another important merit is ‘civility.’ It is easier to observe than define. It means showing the necessary respect towards opponents and colleagues on account of their personal dignity. It demands fortitude to abstain from returning a pungent and scorching comment. It means refrain from demeaning the opponents through down-right nasty advertisement.
Finally, Election is competitive sport and it asks for equivalently sportsman like conduct.