Political mess- whom to blame?

Vihepu Yeptho

Nagaland is known for its longest state under President Rule (PR) in the country (1975, 32 months). The series of political explosion and political drama that took place some months back landed in another PR in the state. As a result, it created a sovereign political vacuum; consequently it contemplates the democratic institution and its limitations. 

Dark side of democracy- History of PR and state emergency testifies that any political parties that form a government the centre explores every possible way to topple down the opposition rule states, example- Bihar, Goa, Jhrakand in the recent times is nothing new. On June 26th , 1975, the rubber stamp President of India imposed the state of emergency in the country and threw into the dustbin the crores of peoples’ mandate with a midnight decision of the then PM, Indira Gandhi and only one cabinet minister.  In regards to our political drama, the defections and the resignations of our honourable ministers and MLAs in a dying hour led to the imposition of the PR is justified in a democratic institution, which is not a healthy sign for democracy in the long run. It simply indicates that democratic institution and its laws alone is not a necessary condition for stable and good governance.

Role of political parties- The role of principles and the ideologies of our politicians and political parties in our state need to be judged and highlighted for the sake of our younger generation. Political parties have become like a vast reservoir by granting political asylum and accommodating the defectors irrespective o political ideologies and principles, the resent overcrowded that wrestled for the party tickets like a tsunami and its consequent developments simply shows the flexibility of our politicians and the democratic institution as well. 

Actions of the Speaker- In a democratic institution, Speaker of the house is like an umpire in a cricket match. The decision of the Speaker, whether it is right or wrong is final and binding. The decision of the speaker in invalidating the votes of 9 NPF defectors on ground of anti- defection law is something of a new development in the history of a Speaker’s power. We better not speculate as the case has already landed in court. We just hope that the decision of the Speaker i.e. December 13, 2007, will not deteriorate the office of dignity, independence and impartiality.

As lection campaign is on high peak with different political parties campaigning with different issues and promises, I would like to highlight the word ‘communalism’ and its relation to politics. The history of Communalism testifies (Communalism breaths Divide). Nay politician irrespective of political parties he or she belongs to or any party that plays the communal card for vote bank, should remember that lakhs of young Nagas and intellectuals are witness. Ethical norms need to club with democratic institutions with greater people participation in decision making, only then our democratic institution will flourish. 

Purana Bazaar, Dimapur.