Thursday, August 10, 2017

Makings of a banana republic

A banana republic is defined as
  1. "a small state that is politically unstable as a result of the domination of its economy by a single export controlled by foreign capital."

In contemporary parlance, any state where the rule of law does not prevail is named a banana republic.

If a state is not to become a banana republic, various institutions need to perform their role responsibly. In particular, the judiciary, the police, the election authority and the so-called nominal heads like the President and the Governor have to be true to their calling.

In this regard, India is in a perilous state for a long time. Judicial delays and motivated judgments are legion. The police dances to the dictates of political masters. The election commission seems to be on surer footing. President, Vice-President and Governors are at the beck and call of the party in power. Some of them become conscious of their duties only after demitting office.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Unruly BJP

BJP seems to bent on proving that it is as murky as any other political party.

The Kerala State BJP President is actively involved in medical college admissions scandal.

The son of the Haryana State BJP President was stalking and attempting to kidnap a lady in Chandigarh. The state government is doing its best to protect the criminal.

In Chandigarh, a BJP leader obstructed an ambulane which led to the death of a patient.

Power has corrupted BJP pretty fast.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Lessons from Ahmed Patel's victory

Ahmed Patel fought very hard to be elected to the Rajya Sabha once more. There was prolonged suspense before the votes were counted because of contravention of electoral rules by two estranged Congress members.

Two lessons are obvious from this episode. One is that the Election Commission is capable of resisting pressure from the government / ruling party to bend rules. This is a good example worthy of emulation by other institutions.

The second lesson is that BJP lost the contest because of its obsessive urge to defeat Ahmed Patel. It is this pathological urge that forced Amit Shah to have an unauthorised look at the ballot of two Congress members. Determination and persistence are desirable and productive. Excessive anxiety to score a victory at any cost is counter-productive.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

As fleeting as --------

Phrases like "as fleeting as a rainbow" and "as fleeting as ripples on the pond" are out.

"As fleeting as the tenure of Donald Trump's staff" is in.