The pain of the common man must also be felt: The Dainik Tribune

Vishwanath Sachdev

Vishwanath Sachdev

Finally, the blockade in Parliament ended. After the confrontation that lasted for almost two weeks, the situation has become such that the opposition has agreed that they will avoid the demonstration in the Chamber carrying banners and the government’s procedure for “immediately” the discussion has also been completed on inflation. . Now the opposition has also spoken about the issue of inflation and the government has also taken rescue measures. It is not known whether the grievances of the government and the opposition have been fully resolved in Parliament, but the common man on the road continues to ask this question, why is inflation rising so much? He also wonders what has changed the situation after ‘Solution in Parliament’? What the opposition demanded in Parliament was demanded in the streets and whatever the government said, the government ministers have been repeating in the meantime.

It also begs the question that if the government and the opposition had to say the same thing, especially the government had to give the same answer that has been given, then why was this issue pending for two weeks? The reason for rejecting the demand for immediate debate on the issue of inflation by the government was that it is ready for debate, as soon as the finance minister is healthy, the issue of inflation will be debated. The question was not about the health of the finance minister, but about the health of the country’s economic situation. And the answer of the Minister of Finance, which the government has also been saying for some time. This could have been repeated by any other responsible minister.

The point was to reduce the suffering of the common man suffering from inflation, but the government kept singing about the “strength of the economy” of the country. Much has been said before about the truth and falsity of statistics. Figures may tell how much food grains were produced in the country, but they do not fill the stomach. Whether or not the finance minister goes to the market, I don’t know. He had said a while ago that he doesn’t eat onions, so he doesn’t know the prices of onions. Minister of Finance, if you go to the market, you will find that everything is getting more expensive. You may not even know that the packaged foods that have been slapped with GST, the package manufacturers, who cleverly reduce the amount of goods offered in them, earn thousands of rupees! 245 grams is written on the 111 gram package!

The point of debate in Parliament is that an issue is raised seriously and the problem is resolved through dialogue. If the government accepts that there is some truth in what the opposition says, then it does not destroy its reputation. And in the same way, if the opposition also sees some truth in what the government says, it will not be insulted either. But when both parties sit down with the determination in advance that they don’t want to listen to the person in front of them, then it doesn’t work and it gets worse.

The common man walking down the street looks at the things that happen in Parliament with great expectations. But unfortunately, what it looks like is often disappointing. To see the kind of behavior that our MPs and MLAs seem to be engaging in many times, is painful as well as frustrating. In the last fortnight there may not have been a debate on inflation, but the series of allegations and counter-allegations of the MPs cannot be said to be justified from any point of view. The word spoken by the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, even in error, in reference to His Excellency the Speaker cannot be supported. But the chat should have ended after a “mistake” and an apology. But the language and manner in which the matter was raised in the House by a Union Minister cannot be agreed upon. Something similar happened in Rajya Sabha too. It is good that these statements were omitted from the proceedings of the House, but it would have been better if the honorable members themselves had repented of what they said. This is also the unwritten rule of any healthy debate. But where even the written rules are broken, how can we talk about healthy traditions?

But meaningful democratic traditions demand that they be understood and adopted. The role of the opposition in democracy is in no way less important than that of the government. It is true that the losing side plays the role of the opposition in the elections, but it is also true that it is not the loser, it is the party chosen to play the role of the opposition. For this reason, a strong opposition has also been considered one of the criteria for the success of democracy. The importance of a strong government is no less than that of a strong opposition. While the government works for the interests of the people, the opposition sees that the government must not be lax in its work. Governments that win with an overwhelming majority often harbor the misconception that the opposition has no right to question their actions. Especially the weak opposition from the point of view of numerical strength is often seen by the ruling party from this point of view. This attitude of the ruling party is in no way in line with democratic traditions and values. While dignified behavior is expected from the opposition, the ruling party also has an obligation not to ignore the opposition in the pride of its power.

It is the responsibility of the opposition to raise its voice for the interests of the people who suffer from inflation in the country. It is hoped that the ruling party will not ignore this voice. I would like to reiterate here that the blocking of the current Parliament session was not justified in any way. Neither the issue of inflation was worth neglecting nor would the prestige of the ruling party be lowered by accepting the opposition’s demand to debate this issue earlier. More important than the loss of Rs 100 crore due to disruption of Parliament for a fortnight is the loss caused by the violation of democratic values-traditions. Both pros and cons must see their faces in the mirror of their behavior. When will this happen?

The author is a senior journalist.

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