Degeneration Of Our Political System
The writer has expressed grave concern over the state of affairs in the country, and has made an effort to deal with three aspects, i.e. national security, reforms and political reconstruction. The writer feels very much concerned over the state of internal security in the country, and lackluster attitude of the government in this respect. It refers to Talibalisation of Pakistan, its serious implications on our western borders specially Kashmir. It draws the attention towards the Chinese menace in the North-East specially referring to Chinese occupation of Tibet, a buffer state between India and China. Irrespective of its lectures and assurances in Parliament, the government has failed to decide the contours of our defence policy keeping in view the terrorist attacks from Pakistan and the Maoist menace from China. The government seems to be wavering around the decisions on national security in the name of individual liberty and continues to be a prisoner of indecision in this respect. A concrete decision is a must to ensure proper balance between diplomacy and war in dealing with these problems of internal security.
The writer further deals with the state of affairs regarding implementation of reforms. The process of moving ahead with reforms has been slow during the past few years. The government has been blaming the left, one of its political partners in the last government. The writer laments that in spite of a better mandate and a government without left support, the speed of implementation of reform programmes has been slow. Some half-hearted attempts have been made. Fixing Budget outlays specifying grand goals does not mean the outcome. The Prime Minister needs a team of ideologically committed colleagues and administrative machinery to speed up the implementation of reforms, not only economics but administrative too. Referring to environment, he points out that in the present circumstances a process of decision-making has to be initiated as to have India’s official stance on environment to be recast to convert a great problem into a great opportunity. The writer makes a valuable suggestion that at a time, when the civil servants are not actively participating in the implementation of reforms, the Indian entrepreneurs and professionals, who have enormous potential, can also contribute considerably and can get ever-widening space to work their talent and skills. The writer is of the view that India requires both economics and administrative reforms.
Finally, the writer deals with the problem of degeneration of our political system and states and that the relevant symptoms to this effect are true of all our political parties today. The ideals—the commitments to higher objectives— are replaced by the interest of an individual and his little circle. The greatest irony is that who may bring about political reforms when the decision to change is in the hands of persons who should be first to be dislocated, were the change to come about? In this respect, he expresses his concern and worry over the state of affairs of his own party BJP and tries to analyse as to what needs to he done to salvage the party among others. He suggests that there must be continuous, incessant, uninterrupted communication with colleagues with a greater sense of trustworthiness as they are indispensable and so often become the cause of the greatest anxiety. As a journalist, he also makes a reference as to what a writer should do in the face of calumny. What should he do when a society does not need the facts he places before it. Needless to mention, the facts and the ideas stated in the book are based on his first-hand experience in government, politics, media as well as his singularly wide-ranging research.
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By Prof KD Sharma