Comments on: I’m an Indian politician… on TV http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: jennatohm http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/comment-page-1/#comment-29016 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:22:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=9591#comment-29016 some Indian Politician are not doing their well, they have entrapped in the greed of power and so facing troubles.

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/comment-page-1/#comment-28234 Sun, 12 May 2013 06:50:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=9591#comment-28234 Well, that’s a very interesting explanation that you have given, the fact that they cannot defeat the govt in the house makes them boycott the house. My idea that they have not reconciled with the idea of losing power is seen from certain examples. Certain! In the 1970’s when Akalis lost power to Congress, so angry were they, that they refused to attend the assembly. Instead they will sit inside the Golden Temple and order demonstrations against the govt, then recently when PDP lost power, poor Omar, everyday one scandal or the other was exposed. The poor guy wanted to resign :D. BJP’s behaviour is best understood in the context of their defeat in 2004. Congress I believe was a better opposition, I don’t remember disruptions during BJP’s term. But they have been in a habit of dismissing state govts at will.
Regardless of their affiliations I believe this is the worst tactic and sometimes can work against them. Their mindless opposition to nuclear deal acted against them in 2009. We, rich poor and middle class have been at the receiving end of power cuts. The nuclear deal was one way out. It was also a way of ending nuclear isolation. I can understand Left’s opposition ( although don’t approve), but BJP. It all sounded like they want to come to power at any cost. The country can go to hell.

Tavleen Singh’s article has given an excellent opinion on this http://www.indianexpress.com/news/a-karn ataka-warning/1114594/#sthash.q3n0zwIY.u xfs

However, its interesting to note that why now this issue has been raised by the Congress. Parliament has been disrupted several times in the past. Why it was not highlighted earlier. I suspect urgency of laws like Food security bill which may help them to secure (or buy?) votes.

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By: dipakkumardas http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/comment-page-1/#comment-28228 Wed, 08 May 2013 16:02:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=9591#comment-28228 the duty of the opposition is to oppose, no matter what.
no matter which party is in the opposition seats, their point is, they want to make it public that what the ruling party does, is not towards the welfare of the people and of the nation as a whole.

simple politics. and EASY politics when half of the voters are illiterate or oblivious.

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By: AdityaK http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/comment-page-1/#comment-28227 Wed, 08 May 2013 14:21:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=9591#comment-28227 I agree with you, #Woman21. If they can debate endlessly on TV channels, wonder what stops them from doing so in parliament. But the opposition knows they cannot defeat the ruling party on the floor of the house and that, I believe, is one of the main reasons that TV debates are preferred over Lok Sabha debates. When you can talk about the same things on TV, without the risk of winning or losing, why not do it? :)

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/comment-page-1/#comment-28226 Wed, 08 May 2013 05:14:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=9591#comment-28226 Your article reminds me of a recent discussion on Times Now. Now Arnab Goswami is known for not allowing others to complete their viewpoint. This time the BJP guy insisted on being allowed to say what he thinks on food security bill. Surprisingly Arnab allowed him. After speaking for full 3 minutes (a record on Arnab’s show), the host asked him ” Why don’t you say all this in parliament?” :)

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By: Woman21 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2013/05/08/im-an-indian-politician-on-tv/comment-page-1/#comment-28225 Wed, 08 May 2013 05:08:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=9591#comment-28225 Disrupting parliament I believe is an old strategy in Indian politics. I am surprised that you say there is some backdoor arrangements or discussions.i am not sure about this.I believe our politicians to be extremely undemocratic. They have not reconciled with the idea of losing power after every 5 years. Once it happens they go on and disrupt the Parliament or state assemblies. I think they need to take failures or getting voted out as inevitable part of democracy and that after 5 years they too have a chance to come back. A good and effective opposition too can do make a lot of difference in the way the state is governed. They can give good suggestions in a bill, help govt to take wise decisions etc. Power at the end of the day is a means to serve, but sadly our politicians see it as an end :(

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