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Opinion: Indira Gandhi learned the hard way. Modi, too

Prime Minister Basant lives up to his reputation of wonder. NS Announcement The decision to repeal three agriculture laws came as a big surprise yesterday morning, which apart from being the holy day of Guru Parab, also marks the birthday of Indira Gandhi. The comparison with Indira Gandhi is fair as she also withdrew the Emergency when she realized that it had become unstable. Despite all his flurry, the Prime Minister came to the same conclusion, and because he is an ‘elect’.Life’, and the elections to five states including the all-important state of UP are near, and because defeat was on their face, they were left with no option but to withdraw these black laws. in my Tweet After the announcement I said, “While I congratulate farmers On their victory over the government for repeal of agricultural laws, I do not give any good feeling to the government for this move. This is a well thought out move for the UP elections. For this government, democracy begins and ends with elections.” So it is: nothing more than an election gimmick.

The passage of these laws in Parliament, particularly by the Rajya Sabha, raised several issues of constitutional and parliamentary morality and conduct of government. Should the Center make laws on a subject that falls within the legislative domain of the states? Should the laws have been promulgated earlier as ordinances, which violate all the norms for promulgating ordinances? After all, the problems of agriculture in India are as old as agriculture itself, so what was the hurry to bring an ordinance on these subjects? Next, should he have been introduced in such a shoddy manner through Parliament without reference to the Parliamentary Standing Committee? An inquiry by the Standing Committee would have facilitated consultation with all stakeholders, something that has now become standard parliamentary practice. Will anyone in the government stand still and explain what was the hurry to introduce these laws first as an ordinance and then bring them through Parliament? Does the act of repeal absolve the Deputy Speaker of the Rajya Sabha from indulging in unparliamentary conduct and favoring the government?

The humility that the Prime Minister showed while addressing the nation – and even his apology – failed to impress as the intention was not pure but tainted. Why did it take them so long to understand that the farmers of India were opposing these laws? Why did they believe that they did not welcome these laws after the deaths of hundreds of farmers? Thousands of farmers were sitting in the open and suffering in the harsh sun or facing severe cold, why was the Prime Minister not moved? Why was he so impervious to what was happening so close to the national capital? Why didn’t he send one of his ministerial colleagues to congratulate the farmers at the site of their dharna?

The people of India are not responsible for the image that the Prime Minister has projected through a vast media and ubiquitous social media. It is his devotees Who said that he was the greatest Prime Minister of India ever. They were trying to convince all of us that he was infallible, strong and courageous. His claim now that he is a politician will fall only on deaf ears. This one incident of repeal of agricultural laws, in which he has invested so much of his personal reputation, has proved that he is both weak and fallible, that he, like all of us, makes mistakes, and that he has nothing to regret. live for. His image has suffered a severe blow. Perhaps they have realized that some of their corporate friends may be their ATMs, but they will not get votes in a popular election.

Now compare Indira Gandhi. He had a reputation that was far more formidable than that of Modi. After all, there are only a few personalities in history who can be credited with the creation of a new nation. Yet, within four years of her resounding electoral victory following the creation of Bangladesh, she became so unpopular that she lost her cool and decided to impose a state of emergency. She was defeated when she decided to turn to those who had taught her a lesson, which no one should forget in a hurry. My faith in the Indian people was strengthened then; It stands revived today. Democracy is alive and kicking in India. At that time JP and the student movement defeated Indira Gandhi. Today is not JP. Maybe we don’t need it, because the farmers of India have shown that if any group of people has the will and determination, it can make a difference. People have subdued autocrats in the past, they have been subdued once again and will be subdued in the future as well.

May the democracy of India be immortal.

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha was the Finance Minister (1998–2002) and the External Affairs Minister (2002–2004). He is currently the Vice President of Trinamool Congress.

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