Monday, July 21, 2008

Somnath Chatterjee: A leftist but civilised Speaker of Indian Lok Sabha!

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas - Aldous Huxley
Every time one hears a left leader speak one gets one or both of two kinds of feelings:

1. They sound like student debaters ,in college, zealously speaking for/against the motion. This is specially true if these leaders do not have any experience of execution of any responsible task and/or governance . Prakash Karat, Nilotpal Basu, Sitaram Yechuri are prime examples of such kind of speakers .

2. They completely renounce civility & logic in their speech.

Listening to a wildly gesticulating Md. Salim speak today in Parliament , I got the same feeling. While opening the debate , the PM had by courtesy thanked the Left architects of his government for forming the coalition 4 years back. And in his reply,Md. Salim , like a school debater screamed aloud that the left did not support the Congress to get the a "certificate" today from the PM.

Who is giving the leftists a certificate , Mr. Salim ? The PM is merely acknowledging the support that he had received 4 years back. Period. Why do you not have the character of a civilised human being to note that , in silence and carry on with your nuclear debate?

Prakash Karat made it a point to withdraw support to the ruling government at a time when the PM of India was in the G8 summit! It was a gesture timed to humiliate the PM of India ( and not just a leader of the Congress ) in an international forum. He has called the PM by various names including a betrayer of national interest in his speeches..

But every time Karat opens his dirty mouth , he forgets that normal people clearly understand that the leftists will dramatically dump their country, friends & even their parents when it comes to putting up their dogmatic ideological point of view. They always bring misery although they guise it under "national interest".

It is thus ironic that a leftist member , Somnath Chatterjee , has been presiding over the Lok Sabha as a "speaker" trying his best to get some civility in the proceedings and talking of maintenance of constitutional dignity of the speaker's post.

Somnath has done a real good job till now and much unlike the irresponsible ideologues of his party. Somnath has even defied the dictates of his party to resign from the speaker's post once the leftists destabilised the elected government by withdrawing support a fortnight back . In a way, this is a resounding slap on the faces of the likes of Yechuri & Karat and their uncivilised behaviour.

But the litmus test of Somnath Chatterjee's career will arrive , if he has to cast the deciding vote in case of a tie tomorrow when the confidence motion is put to vote. Constitutional experts suggest that in case of a "tie" it is the done thing for the speaker to maintain status quo that is to keep the government in rule.

The speaker will do the country a favour if he goes above party line and does likewise.

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