The communal and the criminal.

Gun runners, match fixers…what else do we need to shine up Indian politics.


New Delhi, India: 20th February, 2009

Just when you thought civil society activism is leading to a purging of crooks and charlatans from politics, we are greeted by a new breed of would-be MPs whose largest impact on public service and public memory is that they have run foul of the law, and have been indicted or punished in acts that were detrimental to national security or pride.

The celebratory enrollment to two main political parties as Lok Sabha probables – Sanjay Dutt to the Samajwadi Party and Azharuddin to the Congress – is a telling commentary on what is preferred in Indian politics for long – notoriety over capability; criminal antecedents over public record of service, and zero political experience over name recognition. Interestingly, and as you will see, both appointments are essentially a deadly combination of the communal and the criminal. Both have been hired to secure Muslim votes and both have been known to have links with the underworld.

For some years criminalization has been a specialty of the Bihar UP cadre of politics with RJD, SP and BSP leading the charge, but now it is clear that the old hand of Congress is catching up. The fracas over Sanjay Dutt being secured by SP was, to put things in perspective, not to the liking of the Congress not on any principled grounds as is clear now, but more for the loss of edge to the SP and the star son’s loss to a bitter sweet rivalry in the conundrum of UP politics.

Then, there’s the underlying theme of communal agglomeration of votes in the SP’s choice of Dutt for Lucknow. Note the lineage, the recent marriage of Dutt, the legacy of invoking a mixed marriage as a secular backdrop and the first forays into media supported visits to re-discovered ‘aunts’ of the Rizvi family. But how do we excuse the fact that this person was technically guilty of the most heinous crime of all – of waging war against the nation? Sanjay Dutt is a criminal according to the laws of this country. It is argued that Sidhu has the same record but that is a completely specious argument. Sidhu was not accused of anything close to what Dutt was guilty of : Sidhu’s was a personal issue, Dutt’s impacted the nation, its security and sovereignty. Sidhu’s was an act without plan, Dutt’s was a reasoned involvement in a program that involved an enemy nation’s support to an enemy of the nation – the prime accused for the Mumbai blasts. There is no comparison and there is no case for comparison: unless of course, the context of our country and the security of our nation is a mere trifle for us.

Similarly, Azararuddin’s inclusion among the Lok Sabha probables from the Congress party surely is a double edged stab at the body politic too. A cool communal move aimed at rounding up Muslim votes in Hyderabad and a cooler criminal move when you remind yourself of his record of match-fixing. What were they thinking: this is the new India we are looking ahead to? A country run by a guy who gave away runs to lose a match merely to make a few bucks and buy that Rolex watch. There is vigorous argument each time I propose this, ostensibly because he was not felled by law like Dutt Junior was. But why was he suspended from playing cricket for the country? How is it possible that a country which does not consider Azharuddin fit enough to represent it in a cricket match is found fit by the Congress Party to represent the nation? And what can we expect now: another MP who will ask questions for cash because he wants that shiny Ferragamo he saw on his last visit to Dubai? Or, who will now provide privileged information to our enemies on the same basis – remember the hidden camera expose on match-fixing [by Tehelka] where Ravi Shastri candidly, and clearly without consideration of favour, suggested to Azharrudin’s links with the big boys of the underworld ?

Guys, this is the Parliament we are talking about. The question is, are we now ready to have the underworld’s proxies in parliament?

You tell me.

5 Responses to “The communal and the criminal.”
  1. Anupama says:

    I am glad u have raised this point against such blatant criminalization of politics. Media is at fault here too. None of them have pointed out this fact to the public – that it is a criminal on bail, and a criminal under suspicion of match-fixing, who have been picked up by these ‘national’ parties to represent us.

  2. Col Shivraj says:

    Firstly, how do you define a criminal, because the politicians can always find a way out. However, we all must make big noises at each forum for this and discourage the criminals in getting party tickets as well as the election commission should be apprised of such names so that their nomination is not accepted.

  3. Dharm says:

    Hii.. read this article… Every indian knows the present situation of indian politics… Its a big growing buiness nowadays… Politics Parties are now Corporators and their investment is these SuperStars like Sunjay Dutt, Azharuddin, Govinda, etc…

    And no doubt maximum peoples just give them vote for their name and fame… not for their talent or honesty…

    Winning of Congress in Delhi is one of a big proof of voters foolishness…

    Each party makes their offers like delhi govt. recently did is to stop sealing for one year… What after one year? But yeah i know peoples will vote for this one year offer too…

    Indians Celebrated when Obama won as USA President… but why don;t we choose a good president and prime minister for our own country and cheer up for our own country?… Why don’t we choose a good minister for our own area and cheer up that yes we voted for the right one…

    The fact is maximum peoples has sold their mind and sole for few bucks… The value of “i” is more than the value of india….

    Dharmendra Kumar
    Delhi, India

  4. Atul Goyal says:

    it appears that the worst is yet to come of the indian politics. when parliament will be controlled by remote from all across the world mafia/don.
    nation is already suffering with the presence of local goon’s who are eating into all the moral values by way of the so called high profile politicians and now these so called nationalist parties are leaving no stone unturn to keep them in race. who is going to tell these white collored the naked truth on face.
    people/citizen have already confined themselves to their cocoon fearing backlash if thy speak in open.
    now the time demands a New Gandhi to the nation who can jolt the soul of the masses to wake them and be ready to fight it within the nation from their own brothers and sisters.
    time is running out and the history will repeat itself again, when a movement will begin from any where near us.
    Wake up ‘n’ do something concrete.

  5. Sonali says:

    Agreed it’s a sorry state, however what I would like to know is, who made these so-called “celebrities” much sought after by the parties? Wasn’t it the media attention and the leniency shown by the judiciary, which made parties sit-up and take note??? This seems to be quite a natural progression to me.

    Sanjay Dutt was clearly convicted but was immediately out on bail. If the bail was to be granted after conviction, then why convict him at all and make a mockery of the law.

    After being banned from playing cricket for five years, one could see Ajay Jadeja sitting pretty in the NDTV studio and analysing the team’s performance after the match / day’s play (in case of a test match). Except for having a politically connected mother-in-law, he had no other qualification to justify his presence. And to top it all, one could see over-enthusiastic audience seeking his opinion.

    If we could tolerate these guys – still participate in their studio-shows and watch their movies, then we can surely endure them as MPs. We will, in fact, ensure that these guys actually win the election and reach the Parliament. There are no real-life heroes in politics, so might as well do with reel-life ones. Right!!!

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