History in the making

In this year of “Suvarna Karnataka” our representatives in the government, be as it may that they are in the opposition, have achieved this dubious distinction:

‘….a section of Congress members threatened the Chair and attempted to forcibly remove the microphone and the bell on the Speaker’s table…It is for the first time in recent history that such an incident has taken place on the floor of the Legislative Assembly although walkouts and dharnas are a common feature….’

Is there no limit to which our so-called legislators can stoop to? Certainly, there must be a Code of Conduct to this behaviour. In fact, a Code of Ethical Behaviour is perhaps more necessary. As proceedings are sometimes captured on television and aired, shouldn’t these people behave with some discipline, decorum and dignity? Perhaps their behaviour has got to do with the notion that they are all powerful and as such, anything goes. This is shameful. Something must be done. Perhaps the judiciary must be called in and some sort of punishment meted out.

Lest we feel all too smug about their behaviour and accept it as being one of their few qualifications, Vinton Cerf has a telling observation for all of us.

The Internet has brought access to the world’s information to users, introduced new business models, education services, ushered in a new advertising medium and enabled consumers to become producers, Cerf said but
It also has brought spam mail, computer viruses and worms, misinformation, fraud and social abuse, he conceded in his presentation. “This is a mirror to the population that uses it,” the scientist said.

How much of our politicians behaviour reflects on us, we, the people?

3 Comments so far

  1. M O H A N (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

    What a joke.

    When bihar ministars physically hit each other in the full view of the camera, this is a cut down version of it.

    Thats what happens when your MLA/MP do not have educations ( Not lalu type of PHD stuff).

    Looks like people take clue from these proceedings and burn up buses when the driver errs.

    GOd save this country.

  2. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    yes, good point..

    when you want to learn they ask for your prior education?
    When you walk for a job they ask your education, When you want admission for your child they ask your qualification, but when you run the Ministries and the Government ‘education’ is never a criteria…

    Absurd realities continue to haunt us!!

  3. Chetan (unregistered) on February 21st, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

    Hi All,

    I am terribly disappointed at all of us appalling others. Our ministers are chosen by our decision and if we do not like the people nominated, we can certainly bycott elections. But we must make sure that we put our point accross peacefully and with more civilized behaviour than the ministers themselves.
    Also, it is useless to say, “God save this country”. People who resign their fate to God everytime should be punished. I believe that the ministers are getting powerful because of the same useless attitude of the people. Wake up and make yourself heard. Do not leave this to God, it is a Democracy my friend!

    bottom line: let the ministers know that they are not appreciated, and with dignity. that is more powerful than shouting and fussing around. And next time, some of us better use a spell and grammar checker, instead of blaming ministers being uneducated.


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