Good citizens, Good government

Few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how the political parties of the country should conduct themselves (You can read it here.). In the recent Surgical strike carried out by India in retaliation for the Uri attack (about which I wrote an article you can read here) political parties across the country stood resolute against the common enemy, Pakistan. Though it would’ve been ideal if they had the same attitude in different spheres of politics, it is an appreciable act and I applauded the political parties for it, much too soon.

Chief Minister of Delhi and leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal stated that the Central Government and of course the ‘Modi Sarkaar‘ (Modi Government) should release the tape of the Surgical strike which had been conducted so as to disprove the Pakistani claims of no Surgical strike being carried out.

Congress leader, Sanjay Nirupam stated that the Surgical strike carried out by the army and that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) was just using the army to gain political mileage in the upcoming legislative assembly elections.

This political unity broke down quite quickly. Apparently the Congress and AAP are worried about the political mileage the BJP has gained because of the Surgical strike. For once can the parties not politicize every single action of the central government. In this issue, it doesn’t matter who gets a political advantage, what matters is that we stand strong with our armed forces who risk their lives every single day to ensure that we can have peaceful nights and sleep comfortably in our warm beds. It is very wrong to question the achievements of the armed forces, their sacrifices cannot be equalized by anybody else in the country.

When Voltaire said,”I disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it” the very definition of Democracy was established. Unfortunately it has not been taken in the true spirit of the proverb. People and political parties alike are taking undue advantage of the freedom of speech. Freedom of speech, a fundamental right in the constitution. Just because we have the freedom of speech, it doesn’t justify that we can speak anything that pops into our minds without any proper base and without thinking about the sentiments and reactions of the society.

Not only political parties, but the people must also realize that the government requires our support more than ever in this hour of great need and we must ensure that they get this support. We have to be good citizens in order to have a good government. Otherwise we don’t have the right to criticize them.

Priyamvad Rai

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