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ET EDIT-Not So Tough to Have Responsible Rhetoric Leaders must keep future governance in mind

April 15, 2019 06:59 AM


Not So Tough to Have Responsible Rhetoric
Leaders must keep future governance in mind
Elections are everything ranging from love to war. Some people might conclude, therefore, that all is fair in the battle of the ballot. This is simply not true. A party seeks votes to secure the right to govern the country for five years. If the process of securing votes vitiates the process of subsequent governance, that would not be very smart. However, it is precisely such shortsighted tactics that are being employed by BJP and Congress. They should cease and desist.

Modiji’s sena — using this term, a number of BJP politicians sought to convert the Indian Army into personal storm troopers of the prime minister, who did not help matters by projecting electoral choice by the voter as an exercise in denigrating or honouring the armed forces. The army should stay off politics and politics should stay off the armed forces. This is essential to safeguard democracy. The Congress party, in particular, its president Rahul Gandhi, has been not just abusing the prime minister as a thief and a liar but also dragging into that equation the names of a few industrialists. This is most unfortunate. While some industrialists have, indeed, behaved as if they are confused as to whether they are captains of industry or captains of marauding pirate ships, it would be a big mistake to paint industrialists, in general, as a class of robbers from the common pot. A history of political rhetoric based on class antagonism and deliberate denial of the role of entrepreneurship in creating new income, jobs, technology, taxes and the commonweal already vitiates the public discourse. India is finally emerging from this quicksand of deception and defeat. The challenge is to embrace entrepreneurship and enterprise, not vilify industrialists for shortterm political benefit.

Prime Minister Modi and Rahul Gandhi are both capable of taking their respective political projects forward without either spoiling the polity’s civilian-military balance or demonising industrialists as enemies of the people and probity. They must choose that honourable path, leaving the present treacherous one.

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