Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Manmohan Singh’s ‘management’ of democracy is making democracy redundant
The Coalgate is getting murkier by the hour.
After what reportedly transpired in the Supreme Court today on 8th May, the media is all aflutter with speculation. Will the Law Minister go? Should he? Will the deities up there ask him to exit? And the Railway Minister?
The PM is said to be supporting the continuation of the ministers.
Is he doing it on his own or under someone’s directions? It matters little. What matters is what his conduct means for India and its people. And for whatever is still left of democracy here.
This is not a display of amazing political nerve by an I-am-no-politician. This is not a demonstration of loyalty towards party and colleagues. This is not some ascetic indifference to little storms in a tea cup. This is not courage of conviction.
This is a systematic destruction of the institutions on whose strength post-independence India has managed to survive. Silence, stone-walling, the brazenness to weather any storm – believing it too will blow over, these can undermine people’s trust in the efficacy of the institutions of democracy. These can undermine the confidence which institutions need in themselves in order to function.
Manmohan Singh’s ‘management’ of democracy is making democracy redundant.
Are we willing and prepared to live with its consequences?