The recent ordinance passed by the cabinet negating the supreme-court direction to disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs sends me reeling in thoughts if monarchic rule was better than fascism thrown at us in the name of democracy. The proposal and passing of the ordinance is not only undemocratic and shocking but simply belittles the very idea of democracy. A vicious network of our politicians who can alter anything in order to save the tainted lot looms large in the current context.
Our constitution under article 123 empowers the president to pass ordinances in case of unforeseen circumstances that arise in the most unexpected manner but look at the way our leaders arm twist the scope of amendments in our constitution. What was unexpected here in order to have an ordinance? The Lalu Prasad Fodder Scam case has been going on from the last 15years and congress MP Rasheed Masood who is involved in the MBBS seat allocation scam which has been dragging from last 20years, recently he also sparked a row by stating that people in Delhi could eat a sumptuous meal with Rs.5. Time and again it has been proven by courts claiming them guilty but to no legislative nerve or political willingness to ensure justice.
The Indian constitution is one of the most frequently amended constitutions in the world with almost 115 amendments till date. Anything that comes in the way of politicians making money calls for a new law or an amendment. Earlier attempts have been made to even dilute RTI act but today the Supreme Court’s ruling is vulnerable at the behest of a political ploy to save the lawbreakers through unconstitutional ordinances.
Passing ordinances and making amendments are required with changing times but passing ordinances to save lawbreakers amounts to openly promoting lawlessness sending wrong signals to the society. Why is law different and accommodative for an MP/MLA unlike when a common man is subject to all laws of the land? Law cannot be applied selectively, an ordinance for unconstitutional purposes is completely undemocratic and anarchic.
The president of India Mr.Pranab Mukerjee also a Congress loyalist should prioritize constitutional values over corruption and principles over party in the interest of the nation else India as Rahul Eashwar says will remain only a notion and not a nation.