A month back the old guard of Congress party, Pranab Mukherjee took oath as the President of India. Instead of being a impartial resident of the Raisina Hills, the president has already started displaying his Congress traits. During his speech on August 15, the 66th Independence day of India, Pranab has dubbed the peaceful protests against corruption as ‘flirting with chaos.” To quote the relevant areas of his speech:
Anger against the bitter pandemic of corruption is legitimate, as is the protest against this plague that is eroding the capability and potential of our nation. There are times when people lose their patience but it cannot become an excuse for an assault on our democratic institutions.
When authority becomes authoritarian, democracy suffers; but when protest becomes endemic, we are flirting with chaos.
Pranab Mukherjee should remember that it was the government which was neck deep into corruption, went violent in midnight by lathi charging women and children and it is an impediment in promulgation of an ‘effective’ Lokpal bill. He should also remember that he played key central role in creating a sense of House in the Parliament, which promised an effective bill and he failed to keep his promise to the nation. He also handled the cases of black money hoarders as a Finance Minister. The anti-corruption crusaders have named him as one of the corrupt and his taking over as a President is a immunity for him. He should also remember how congress used ‘other’ measures to make other political parties vote for him as the President.
On the contrary, it is the people who have been peaceful and attempting anti-corruption crusade within the law. It was government headed by Congress party ministers, who tried to arrest Anna Hazare leading to a near ‘Chaos.’ It was people who showed the government that they are more responsible and can hold peace and national interest high. It is people who are forming a new party withing democratic norms to contest elections and bring in members of parliament who are non corrupt.