Is Indian Politics Getting Dirtier?
Sunny • onGeneral 9 years ago • 2 min read

The Lok Sabha election campaigns all over India is a witness to no great political agendas rather it bears testimony to political parties and politicians trading charges against each other. This 'trade-charging' in Indian politics indicate a degenerating standard of political communications in India.

For last some days, India has been seeing a rising political temperature concerning Lok Sabha elections with arrest orders against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for threatening BJP candidate Varun Gandhi, and an emotional Sikh journalist hurling a shoe at Home Minister P. Chidambaram at a Congress press conference. Lalu Prasad even threatened of running a roller over Varun Gandhi for his alleged communal speech.

LK Advani openly said Incumbent Prime minister Manmohan Singh is not a capable person for a PM's office. PM retaliated by putting the whole responsibility of demolishing Babri Masjid on Advani, an allegation so heartbreaking for the latter that he cried loudly in front of press persons at a press conference.

Unlike India, the open 'trade-charging' in politics is very rare in the countries like U.S, where each political party will have their own campaigning team and they won't directly attack the leaders.

The country have even witnessed Uttar Pradesh political czar and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav chastising the computerization and English, intrigued effort to get political mileage.

Through these acts to tarnish others and save self, the politician may gain some political advantage , but they do not seem to help in securing the public in any way. In December last year, an executive engineer of the Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD) was beaten to death allegedly by ruling BSP MLA Shekhar Tiwari and his supporters after the former reportedly refused to cough up Rs.50 lakh for the birthday celebrations of Chief Minister Mayawati.

Currently, while we constantly see the updated Forbes' rich persons' list with two or three Indians making it to the list every time, a grave truth lies overlooked that a huge majority are still under the poverty line. A report entitled "Conditions of Work and Promotion of Livelihoods in the Unorganized Sector" by the state-run National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCEUS) said that 77 percent of Indians, about 836 million people, live on less than half a dollar a day.

So are these personal attacks of Indian politicians worthy? Is there a further scope for them to get more immature?

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