After watching PM Modi’s biopic the biggest learning it gave was the strength of dissent to build a strong nation. As BJP led NDA once again finds weaker opposition in the parliament, can we citizens take this opportunity as an honour to build a strong nation?
Voting in a democracy is definitely your moral responsibility (not constitutional) as much as your legal right (under the representation of the people Act, 1950, section 62(1)). But our responsibility does not end here by electing our MP (yes we vote for our MP not the PM), rather than our responsibility begins here. And looking at the enthusiasm amongst voters in this electoral process, we can say we all abide to one single goal of building a strong nation.
Strong nation needs to eradicate all the weakness or blockades. And to achieve this we first need to recognise the shortcomings. If there is a garbage nearby my house and the local municipality is not helping to clean it up it is my duty to raise this question as it can lead to serious illness amongst the people. With social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook you can just click a picture and tag your MLA and MP to register your complaint. This would make you a responsible citizen and lead towards a better society, a better country. We need to do away with the hesitation from inside that why should I take the initiative. Instead, you should be eager to take such steps because you have voted to get that shit done.
No one in a democracy should even be given extreme powers that is the central essence of our Constitution. PM Modi himself embraces the debate of Constructive Criticism on his radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’ from May, 2017. By saying that government must be accountable in democracy, “I thank those people who provided critical and important feedback. The mistakes and the shortcomings once highlighted can be rectified.”
The opposition Indian National Congress (INC) has secured only 52 seats and fails to secure a Leader of Opposition post once again (party needs to secure at least 10% seats to get a LOP). So the onus lies on the 1 billion citizens of this country to help building a constructive criticism by recognising the issues and eradicate all the blockades. Also, if you do not receive any positive response then try to pressurise your MP with the help of your friends and family and everyone on your social media. Be prepared for a healthy revolt always. Remember always it starts from you.
In October 1937, Jawaharlal Nehru was about to get elected as the President of his party for the third time. Around that time a Kolkata based publication, “The Modern Review” wrote a stinging article attacking Nehru. The article was penned by Chanakya and heading was “Rashtrapati Jawaharlal Nehru”. The article said Nehru’s popularity was widening amongst the masses. He presents himself as a Democratic and Socialist leader but his language seems he is a fascist. In fact he has all the elements to be an Aristocrat. The Chankya was none other than Jawaharlal Nehru himself. In those days he understood the necessity of a strong dissent which was not present. He had seen how the power was misused by Hitler and Stalin. And so he wrote about why he should not be elected as President of the party. No political leader in the present time might endorse this ideology.
At present, India seems progressing but we need to eliminate all the complications parallel to focussing on our strong points.