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Views of people on the functioning of the Indian administrative machinery.

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 I was watching the popular program ‘We The People’, on NDTV 24/7, the popular program, on the equally popular news channel, which was broadcasting a discussion, on a recent successful sabotage attempt supposedly by Naxalite activists, in West Bengal, India. By the airing of views of  two of the participants in the talk, I realized, that no where in India, is there a disconnect between the ruling coalition, and opposition, as there is in the state of  West Bengal. An opposition leader of the Trinamool Congress, called the Director General of Police of West Bengal, ‘a fool’, when the mentioned official, suspected the Naxalites. The political party in power in the state of West Bengal, is the CPI(M)., or the Communist Party of India (Marxist)., which is not a militant communist organization, as are the Naxalites, who are sworn enemies of the Indian state, and Indian administration. The Trinamool Congress, has intimated that it suspects that the CPI(M)., is the cause of the deliberate explosion, which has caused serious damage to two trains of the Indian railways, and has brought so much of suffering to the people of India.  Why is there an opinion of the Trinamool Congress on the blast? Because, the Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee is the Railway Minister, at the central coalition. As a result, the people of India, cannot decide, whether the workers of the CPI(M)., have executed the bombing, or if  miscreants, in the form of the Naxalites, have done so.  I presume, that when the Trinamool Congress point indirectly to the CPI(M)., they are also accusing the Director General of Police, West Bengal, for showing prejudice. The Naxalites, are supposed to have the backing of Mamata Banerjee, on their side, who is supposed to be coveting the post of Chief Minister of West Bengal, and not the Union Railways Minister of the Union of India.

 How does Ms Banerjee suppose that she will fulfill dutifully the post of Chief Minister if, and when she is elected to the post? If she supports, the discontent of the people in the area of Nandigram, and other areas of West Bengal, and approves of the Naxals working against the government in those areas, then is not her authority to be a future Chief Minister mortally impaired? This question has not been answered by the very erudite people who formed the discussion on the television program, mentioned earlier. They all, perhaps feel, that life will go on, for the government of West Bengal, and the opposition. Is this the life, that we seek for the Indian political system? If this is happening in the state of West Bengal, then what stops this from happening in other states, or at the center? No one in the discussion, asked each other this question.

 People who are experts, must find a way out of this divisive method of government, which supposedly, the ruling coalition, and the opposition are exploiting. I say supposedly, because the people in the know, are certain, that either one party, or the other, are capable, or are indulging in mischief. I am not speaking against the Chief Minister of West Bengal, who I admire, but his party cadre, as was expressed by one participant, at the grass-roots level, are reportedly extremely corrupt, and run the various administrative areas as fiefdoms of the party, which they represent, and hence, are in power, as representatives of the party. The question arises, that if CPI(M).,  cadre can allegedly gang-rape a young woman, as a means of punishing her opposition to their local area mis-rule, then are they beyond the act of blowing up railway-tracks, when trains are transiting on those tracks? It sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? It may, or it may not sound far-fetched.

 Coercion must end, as an instrument of administration, and then the various excesses will end, of the Indian administrative machinery, towards her subjects. It is not unheard of, that members of the CRPF, or Central Reserve Police Force, also use tactics like rape, not on educated city bred people, but on people from remote rural areas. Again, this is what we hear, and I have not come across this. If the ruling political parties want, then they can use the instrument of consensus with all the political parties, whether the parties be of the opposition, or otherwise. This will bring to an end, the divisive politics of our nation, which depends on a ruling coalition, and opposition, and is perniciously divisive to the interests of our nation. If there is true consensus, then our nation will not need a ruling party, and an opposition.

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May 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

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The Role of The Indian Government.

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 The Indian government, perhaps, has to re-define, and has to make clear, also to those not conversant with the subject of civics, how it influences the lives of all Indians, and it’s role in the lives of all Indian’s. The government, at the present time, is also not conversant with all it’s subjects. How can the subjects find a connect with the functioning of government? For instance, what is the every-day business of government with regard to the ordinary citizen of India? How can the government be more intimate with it’s subjects? Along with the politician, what is the role of the bureaucrat in a government office, in this regard?

 India, being a nation which has a large population on, or below the poverty-line, how can India reconcile the destiny of India’s poor, to the destiny of India’s government? Surely, where there is a way, there is a will, and vice-versa? Perhaps, why not have a representative of a poor segment of society, to represent the poor segment of society to the government, with the agreement of the government, and the section of society, which the representative of the poor represents? After all, the politician represents the citizen, but, how does the citizen represent itself to the politician? Every constituency, may have a number of voices, which represent the respective interests to the elected representative. Also, perhaps, let the different representations vote their representatives, while the representatives together vote the elected representative, who has the general approval of the representations. This, I believe, is the best way, to eradicate party politics in India, which has a role in dividing the nation.

 Please give your opinion on this post, and it’s message, as is perceived by you.

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May 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm

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