Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Singh Is King...!

No, this is not a feature on Akshay Kumar's new movie. Actually was referring to the UPA's proved majority at the center. Dr.Manmohan Singh will remain the PM till about March next year. Yeah thats it. Anyway, till then he is the King. As for the issue regarding which the entire fiasco apparently began - The Nuke Deal - i believe is good for the country. Just because it involves the US doesn't necessarily mean that its bowing down to them. And i too believe that the solution to the energy problem is to increase our nuclear capacity, till other alternate sources of energy are set up. Especially since the price of fossil fuels are choking our entire economy. Apparently the Left (communists) see things differently. So thus after a lot of nagging threats by the Left they pulled out their support to the government. And thus began the entire drama of securing a confidence......

And nothing makes politics more interesting than the television. The news channels had a lot of "masala" to show, during the run up to the confidence motion. Full day talk shows, predictions, expert analysis, figure counts, interviews, interrogations and what not. And the day of the confidence motion was nothing less than action packed melodrama. Oh thanks a lot for the television!! However, here is a proposal. These Parliament shows should be properly certified by the censor board and given an appropriate rating and suitable warnings. Aargh... Yes as usual a lot of clamor and chaos. As it is, speeches in the localized accented English was difficult to follow and the noise made it even worse. Ahh... but thats almost an usual sight in all of these parliamentary "debates". Occasionally though, there were some sensible discussions and accusations, some humor and indirect assaults, but most of the time it all appeared like a prison riot. Loosing my patience soon enough i flipped through the channels with every news channel showing literally the same. After making about 10 rounds through my 60 odd channels, i come back to visuals showing men ( referred to as MPs ) pulling out bundles of currency, apparently worth a Crore, and displaying it in the house. How on earth were they able to sneak in that much amount of money? Beats me. It was also alleged that this was just the advance payment and the entire deal to abstain from the voting was worth 25 Crores ( to get an idea about the amount of money, read the foot note at the bottom) ...!! Phew... Just when i thought it couldn't get any worse it just had. Though i wasn't shocked to see this, i certainly was surprised...!!!!

Everyone knew how corrupt most, if not all of our "Honorable" Members of Parliament ( referred as such by the Speaker ) are. But i suppose no one had seen such a blatant display of corruption in the Parliament itself. After all it supposed to be the symbol of one of the largest democracy in the world. A symbol of the people's voice. But look what it has been reduced to now ( apparently just abuses, lies, betrayal and deception ). Whether it was really an attempt to bribe or just a timely drama, its not for me to speculate. Whether those responsible for this will be punished, is just another one of those "must see events" in my life. It wasn't always just for money. Power and position have been quite influential in striking the right "deal". However these are very open and hardly thought of as being wrong. Bartering, confiding with criminals, trading men like horses, conspiracies. Doesn't that sum up our entire political system? Is this the sorry state that a governments must stoop to, in order to prove a point. I believe the common man has no say in whatever happens to the country. The "wise" leaders decide well enough for all of us. Apparently the term democracy has been duly justified.

All the horse trading and money display has certainly not improved our image on the global front. Especially when the entire world was watching this so closely. So is this the respectable face we are putting in front of other nations? Is there any credibility in what the leaders ever say? A shame, far greater than ever seen before, for the country. At least when the country's interest is at stake they should put aside their differences, rise above the pitiful party politics and sacrifice any personal gains. But then this is just my view, and who cares about what i think anyway.

I believe they have a ranking for the most corrupt nations. I suppose we must have risen up a rank or two unless we already are there at the top.


Foot Note : 25 Crores is hard to imagine for a normal, non political person. So i read this in the paper and would like to share the information. Hope it will help to visualize...

.... Rs 25 Crores together means tying it in 2500 bundles of Rs 1000 notes. Totally this Rs 25 Crore would weigh 333 Kg.... Carrying this 333Kg load to a tempo would require one person to carry seven headloads because according to the ILO convention, no person should carry more than 50Kg of headload at a time. If one puts the Rs 25 Crore in a fixed deposit, one could get an interest of Rs. 55000 per day.
Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle, 23 July 2008


2 Comments:

Visu said...

I was watching the session for some time. It was total FUN :) .. In and out hilarious. I witnessed almost every genre(oh except romance, even that I erm.. well.). Comedy,action,drama and what not. "MP trading" is not at all today's concept, its been there for years, I'm not surprised. But yeah, blatantly revealing it is ape shit.
But what if the UPA had lost? Oh man, re-election will definitely bring down the economy. Phew...

And hey, check this.

Aslam said...

Thanks for pointing out to the image. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...!!! To the point...