Saturday, September 3, 2011
Take it in a liberal way
The privilege notices have been received by Anna Team membersKiran Bedi and Prashant Bhusan and famous Film Personality OmPuri for making derogatory remarks at Ramlila Ground in Delhibefore the mammoth crowd before the mammoth crowd during AnnaHazare fast for Jan Lokpal Bill to combat rampant corruption.
As atmosphere there at the ground was surcharged with anti-parliamentarians’ sentiment built up by popular Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare and his team members,including Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi against corruption prevailing in every government department from top to bottom,they lost the sense of their own.
Social activists Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan were carried by crowd and in order to generate more and more aversion against parliamentarians, they spoke against them in a derogatory manner and style, which they should not have done.
In order to show support with civil society, famous film personality Om Puri also spoke from the podium at Ramlila ground, hitting the parliamentarians below the belt. The word he used must not have been used by the person of his stature. Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan did the same thing by pouring venom at parliamentarians.The words they used against MPs do not behove of them in any way.
First of all, when they are working under the leadership of man like Anna Hazare who claims himself to be a Gandhian must know that hatred can not be won over by hatred. It means team Anna members were not behaving in the Gandhian way. Secondly, the Parliament is supreme and its members are privileged ones which they have not endowed on themselves but by the maker of our Constitution Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.It is their privilege that their action, behaviour and speech within the Parliament can not be challenged in any court of law, and that is only because they are elected by the people in whom sovereignty resides. But an ordinary citizen of the country can not behave awkwardly in public place.
This is the difference between the elected members and ordinary people.This should be understood by the eminent people like Om Puri, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi. They should also not have spoken in the language they used against the parliamentarians. At the same time, the MPs too should not have taken their Ramlila speech so seriously that they have used the right of privilege against them by sendindg privilege notices them. MPs must have shown magnanimity and the leniency towards them because they also enjoy prestige and honour in civil society. Forget and Forgive formula is the best way that the MPs should have adopted and scored points over them. Confrontationist behaviour between the electors and elected is in no way correct in the parliamentary democracy.