There is a new trend that has surfaced in the political discourse of India, which is asphyxiating the quality and substance of political debate in the country. The recent slugfest of the principal parties, the ruling BJP and the Congress over letting Vijay Mallya leave the country brings to fore again the politics of blame game to muzzle any sensible argument and debate to solve the issue. The opposition parties had blamed the government of letting Mallya leave the country to which Jaitley hit back by saying “What about Quattrocchi?”. The ruling party and the opposition party tend to rightly point out mistakes of each other to hold them accountable. But too often they end up taking solace and hiding behind the mistakes and sins of each other. The ruling government could certainly do better to responding with facts and reasons on the questions raised by the opposition parties. That would serve the purpose of keeping people informed with the right information.
Let us go back to the basics
We are a democracy where the primary role of the opposition party is to question and criticize the ruling dispensation while it is a primary responsibility of the ruling government to respond to the civil criticism with accurate answers. Both the ruling government and the opposition together should nurture a healthy environment for informed debate that will inform and empower all citizens. That is a collective responsibility they have to shoulder to mould the collective conscience of the society for the better. All political parties should work on a common code of conduct that nurtures healthy debates. The politics of blame game and disruption should be abandoned for the sake of our democracy. All political parties should stop pandering to their vote base along and speak for the entire population.
Supporters and cadres of political parties are guilty too
Too often political parties are whipping up their cadres, only for different private citizens to enter into a slugfest on social media while the political class sits together for dinner and wine.
The cadres and supporters of political parties should stop defending their political parties, they should realise they are not infallible, they do mistakes and they commit errors in judgement. Instead of defending the supporters and cadres of any political parties should ask the party they support to come clean on any allegations surrounding their party leader or the party itself.
The Logical Indian appeals the political parties to stop making a mockery of the media space, the privilege of being a parliamentarian by indulging in blame games without answering the questions raised by people. We also appeal to the supporters of different political parties to not to vehemently support their parties and create a wedge among the citizens on political lines, instead listen each other and question the party you had voted for. Questioning and supporting the party can co-exist and hence do not hesitate to question your party.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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