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Dangers of Populist Anarchy!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation on
Republic Day said: “Elections do not give any person the license to flirt with
illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is
possible… Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance.” Not
surprisingly many concluded that the President was making a veiled reference to
Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Admi Party (AAP).
For starters Mr. Kejriwal’s party deserves forthwith to be dismissed from government for failing to function within the provisions of the Constitution as prescribed in Article 356.
Mr. Kejriwal said he has read the Constitution and nowhere did he find that a
government cannot stage a dharna. Either he is being silly or he is trying to be
too clever by half. The actions of his Law Minister Mr. Somnath Bharti were in
clear violation of law. Leading a gang of people Mr. Bharti forcibly abducted
African women he accused of illegal activities and had them examined in a
hospital. Instead of preventing that the CM staged a public dharna in his
support. His senior colleague Mr. Yogendra Yadav produced a video to suggest the
guilt of the African nationals.
In Rashtrapati Bhawan on Republic Day Mr. Kejriwal got a standing ovation from the elite crowd present. The elite crowd was as stupid as the leaders of AAP. They seem unaware of what they are unleashing.
The President’s warnings against populist anarchy should be heeded. By making heroes of law breakers an invitation has been extended to all political adventurers, opportunists and even foreign vested interests to exploit the situation for creating chaos.
Was it pure coincidence that almost immediately after Mr.
Bharti’s excesses were trumpeted on TV Mr. Raj Thackeray ordered his followers
to break the law and damage toll booths in Mumbai because certain legal
provisions for their operation had been flouted by the government? His party
members and sympathizers are confidently pointing out the government’s failure
to observe the legal requirements for operating the toll booths in order to
justify violence. BJP leaders piously stated that they did not favour violence
but drew attention to the government’s failure to observe toll booth norms.
Consider this. China claims Arunachal Pradesh to be part of China. The people of Arunachal Pradesh refute this and proudly state that they are Indians. And people in the rest of the country not only repeatedly misbehave with citizens of the Northeast but also kill following an altercation a young student from Arunachal Pradesh.
What should the people of the Northeast, and particularly of
Arunachal Pradesh, conclude? What would readers have concluded if they had been
citizens of the Northeast? The long term consequences of such populist anarchy
The Mahatma was asked: “Do ends justify the means?”
That is what democracy teaches us. If actions in the pursuit of an objective remain pure, the result is positive.
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