This famous statement of Mahatma Gandhi tells about political morality and dignity. The concept of seven sins given by him is one of the important principles. The way politics today is decadent and continues to decline, it is extremely negative for India and the future of Indians.
Anti-Defection Act was brought to establish political correctness. The Tenth Schedule was added to the Constitution by the 52nd Constitutional Amendment Act and the qualification-disqualification was prescribed under the Anti-Defection Act. But this Act also did not consider joining any other party with two-thirds members or forming a new faction as a ground for cancellation of membership.
Not only this, the Act also challenges the discretion of the legislative members. In fact, the member tied to the party whip is not able to take right or wrong decisions on the basis of his conscience because he is dependent on the party’s decision and the conscience of the party.
Along with this, under this Act, often the Speaker of the ruling party either keeps the matter hanging or decides on the disqualification of the members on the basis of party views contrary to the basic concept of the law.
If we look at the trend of crimes committed by the legislative members and the trends in the selection of criminals in the legislative bodies, then it is very shameful for the democracy.
According to the report of Association for Democratic Reform, an NGO, about 43 per cent of the people sitting in Parliament and Assembly are tainted. Many of these tainted members have been booked for heinous crimes like murder, rape.
But neither there is a concrete provision against them in our Representation of the People Act, nor does the Constitution impose strict provisions against them. This situation is dangerous for both the people and democracy.
The politicization of criminals has given priority to self-interest and party interest, bypassing the public in the policies to be set for the country. Due to this, due to not being able to make proper policies for the person sitting in the last row of the country, there are dire situations of hunger and poverty in the country.
However, beyond these distortions, there are many inspiring examples of correctness in politics. Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi not only liberated the country with the help of their sacred political weapons, truth and non-violence, but also gave the country a clear dream and goals, which are still taking the country forward on the path of progress and inclusiveness.
Nelson Mandela, who fought the fight against apartheid in South Africa, is a model of clean and clean politics. Among the leaders of the post-independence era in India, Lal Bahadur Shastri presented a unique example of clean politics.
Once he resigned on the fact that this accident had happened during his service as Railway Minister. Democracy has always needed clean politics and will continue to be so. Therefore, the lesson of clean politics should be taught to the people of the country.