A new beginning?

The parliament has entered into the monsoon session, and the prime minister has requested all political parties to set aside their personal opinions and differences with each other and start off this monsoon session on a positive and productive note.

In a democratic setup, the prime feature is the opinion of the people and that they have the right to express their views and opinion. Like the quote I have used on my website header,“I disagree with what you say, but I shall defend your right to say it” – Voltaire adequately represents what democracy is about but it doesn’t mean that we have the right to say whatever we want and however we want. Being a country,which consists of so much of diversity we the people must have a moral sense towards the things we say on a public platform.

It is the same idea that the political parties that are present in our country have to develop within themselves. As the opposition party it is their responsibility to check the acitivities of the government and the political party in power and make sure that their actions are for the welfare of the people and that their rights are not infringed upon. But by stopping the activities of the government like legislation and introducing new laws is even a greater form of infringing the democratic rights of the people. The opposition parties alone are not the representatives of the people, even the ruling party is a representative and by disallowing them proper functioning of the parliament infringes this indirect right of the people to a proper and functioning government as it is the people who elected them.

An example of how the political parties of the country were united is the recent events in Jammu and Kashmir. All political parties are united on this issue and are fighting against the forces who are against the country on this issue, together.

The above example is what the parties have to do on every single issue, put national interests above personal and political agendas. If this is not done, then these political parties will only be creating a difficult situation for themselves in the future if they are to come to power. ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind’ -Mahatma Gandhi Political vendetta is a very serious issue and the quote is appropriate for it. Political parties have a hard time getting over the past, they simply lack the motivation as well as the desire to be the ‘better person’, take the high road, be ethical.

I’m not saying that political parties should just say yes to every single thing the government says, but instead it should look at it from a national interest perspective. If something like Goods and Services tax (GST), which will ensure simplicity in the tax system and promote ease of business which will attract many multi-national corportations as well as setting up of businesses by the individuals in the country itself, generating employment and improving the lives of the people. Then the opposition should not remain adamant and instead support this change whole heartedly and begin a new era in Indian governance and politics.

“The only thing that is constant is change” – Heraclitus

Priyamvad Rai

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