While thinking of politicians, I get reminded of a kavi sammelan where I heard the poet say :
“जब हम बचे थे, तीनो भाई बोल कर लड़ते थे,
माँ मेरी है, माँ मेरी है, माँ मेरी है ,
अब माँ बूढ़ी हो गयी और हम बड़े हो गए,
हम तीनो भाई बिना बोले लड़ते हैं ,
माँ तेरी है, माँ तेरी है, माँ तेरी है”
Its common that on being cheated a friend says to the other “yaar, tu to politician ho gaya“. Even school children in their drama and skids put a politician in the role of a cunning person who lacks morality.
Technically the Parliament may be equipped to punish people who mock parliamentarians, but who all would it punish, the school children, the poets or every other citizen who takes no exception in stating that the only time when we hear sanity from our parliamentarians is before elections.
Mr. Sita Ram Kesari in an open letter written to the then Prime minister Mr. Deve Gowda called him Nikamma and there was a entire debate in the parliament with the prime minister holding this letter in his hand and responding to the letter point-by-point. The debate can be found at the parliament’s official website at this link. There was no breach of privilege notice to him ! How can the parliament be partial to the citizens it represents ? If Mr. Sita Ram Kesari did not violate anything by calling our Prime minister Nikamma, then what wrong was done by members of Team Anna ?
To the TV show anchors discussing this event from the comfort of their studio, the acting by Kiran ji or the words used by Arvind ji may appear unpolite, but one needs to put oneself in the perspective to understand the actions.
The nation witnessed Anna’s fast entering its … 9th day, 10th day, 11th day… Do you already feel something ? Aren’t your red blood cells becoming more red ?
Isn’t there a few molecules of H2O starting to populate a corner somewhere ?
A parliament which cannot feel this does not represent me.
On the view of anything edible, the eyes were attempting to drown itself, in its self created H2O.
On hearing ‘Anna’, the body hair attempted to rise, grab and shake the people sitting in the parliament.
One needs to have some metal to be in the sun in Ramlila ground, and stand through all this. Team Anna bravely stood through this. I dismiss the comments of TV news anchors who fail to reflect this sentiment of the nation.
During this witnessing, if a few of the words said sounded un-polite, our parliamentarians should not make an issue out of it. I would have expected even from a simple high-school educated person to see the words in perspective and show more maturity than this.
Kiran Bedi later admitted that “it is not my grain” to have acted like that. Om Puri said that he got emotional which made him use those words. What else do they expect ? The more this issue is pulled, more dirt will fly from under the carpet of our Parliament and it is in the best interest of the later to give up on the issue and take the occasion to gauge people’s temper. As Mr. Arun Jaitely said in the parliament, this was a wake-up call not just for the Government but the entire parliament as a whole to get sensitive to the call of the people. If our parliament loses this opportunity of self inspection and instead indulges in throwing stones on the eye-openers, history will hold the current day parliamentarians responsible to demeaning Parliament and the honor of parliamentary democracy. The parliament needs to hear the words which are already saying that “hear us, or we will speak louder”