By Sunil Dang, Editor-in-Chief
For the first time in the history of French politics, a non-experience and non-traditional leader has won the presidential polls with a thumping majority. The victory become more interesting when we come to know that his party doesn’t have any representation into the French parliament. Wonder how new French president Macron would be able to implement his legislation because during the presidential polls, there were very pinching allegations and counter allegations were witnessed and now none of the political parties are looking forward to work together for the people . Ironically, the new French president is 39 — just one year younger than the than that was acceptable to German citizens, in the election of Adolf Hitler. Let’s see, whether Macron is able to tame the opposition scabbard or bows down to their pressure. A breath of fresh air, a North Korean refugee Moon Jae-in has won the presidential polls in South Korea. He is a left leaning liberal and his election could mean a rapprochement in the north south relations, indicating that the North and South divide into the Korean peninsula is between the leaders of the two nations, not among their respective citizens. It is key to state that, this victory has diluted the US position into the Korean peninsula, which has importance because the US is already facing a stiff challenge in Afghanistan. Recently, China has signed a MoU with Nepal, similar to the one with Sri Lanka, for its ‘Silk Route Revival’ initiative. This clearly does not reflect ‘achche din’ for Indian regional diplomacy!?
Exactly a year ago, AAP was dreaming to attain national party status as the party patriarch Arvind Kejriwal and his Lieutenants were confident of winning Punjab and at least good poll performance in Goa. However, their inability to respect the local leadership in Punjab and Goa diminished its chances of expansion. Now, after the MCD debacle, huge power struggle and internal rift is brewing inside AAP. I am not concerned about the fate of AAP, but if the party fails to deliver its promise of clean politics then it would lead to crushing of small and localized movements— that encouraged the common man to participate in politics— for whom AAP was an umbrella organization. Probably, this was the reason that Anna Hazare was not in favour of Kejriwal floating a political party because he could foresee the debacle of AAP leading to debacle of other crusaders against corruption. So, it’s high time for Arvind Kejriwal and Co. to introspect and find out solution to their internal problems which is sending out a wrong message to its voters. If Kejriwal sticks to his ‘participatory democracy’ practice in his party, he would still be a party with different material because even today none of the Indian political parties are practicing democratic obligations while conducting to internal party polls. None of the parties are able to tolerate leaders rising against the central leadership. Such leaders are either terminated from the party posts or are thrown out of the party unceremoniously.
While the question of EVM malpractice is matter of great concern for Indian democracy but another grave issue is that of the shadow political parties. Recently, government of India conducted a heavy crackdown on the shadow companies indulging in questionable monetary transactions. Shockingly, various registered political parties, which don’t even pitch candidates into the poll fray, are engaging in such transactions. .
Motilal Nehru had once said that people in public life should not enter business. However, the way political leaders are found guilty of money laundering and other shady transactions, it reflects that Motilal’ s advise was clearly ignored. Had, the Indian politicians, at least from the Congress party stuck to that very ethical preaching of Motilal, a huge number of ‘scandals’ could have been averted. The way businessmen like Vijay Mallya and Subrat Roy are taking our system for granted and chose to not respond to the Supreme Court’s repeated reprimands, has weakened Indian government’s position overseas. This perception of government weakness will have strong implications on ‘Make In India.’
Indian government has connected oil prices with international market in five metro cities. Technically, it’s incorrect because the government does not buy oil from the global merchandise on daily basis. The move is primarily to improve the fiscal capacity of the state as they stand to gain irrespective of the direction of movement of oil prices via various taxes. To control pollution, Indian government is mulling to award new registration for light four wheeler vehicles through lottery. But, what about the old cars and people with more than one car? Are they going to award new registration to only those who don’t have registration already? It is only with such dynamic decisions that we stand a chance to improve the level of pollution in the country.
For the first time in Indian cinema, a picture is going to cross Rs 1000 crore business. On a lighter note, hope the ‘achche din’ of the film makers would be shared with the audience and when they would make third part of Bahubali, its prices would be lowered.