For some people among us, leader politicians such as Mamata Banerjee and Lalu Prasad Yadav represent the same thing. To them, both these leaders are nothing but loud mouths, who most of the times speak non-sense. May be such people are more fascinated and used to many smooth talking politicians with great oratory skills. Or may be such people hold a wrong notion that a leader always has to be a good orator. Or may be they don’t like the bland oratory of leaders such as Mamata Banerjee or Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Whatever be the reason, there will always be some of these people among us. And they have every right to hold that perception.
But are Mamata Banerjee and Lalu Prasad Yadav loud mouths, who speak before they think?
In my estimation it’s the just opposite.
Some among us may not like the mannerisms or the tone of these leaders, but their statements must be paid attention to. Why?… As they point to some very discrete points.
Lets not go much remote in time. Lets take the example of Mamata Banerjee questioning the deployment of Indian army near the West Bengal Government Secretariat. Or at a place near West Bengal CM’s Office.
Now some among us will say why make such a hue and cry over such deployment? OR why Mamata Banerjee feels so much threatened by such Army deployment?
There’s a reason behind it.
India is a democracy. It’s ruled by the People of India through their chosen representatives. Indian army as an establishment doesn’t rule the country. Hence any deployment of Army inside the country during peace times, must not only make an elected CM uneasy, but it must also make the people uneasy. This may be what West Bengal CM wants to convey to the Nation.
For some time now, there’s much debate about why the salary of bureaucrats (IAS, PCS or any one in the Government Executive) is higher than the same ranked defense personnel. The reason is simple: As we’re a democracy. In a democracy those who rule are at the Top. Since Politicians get elected representatives of the people who run the country for “The People”, with the assistance of the Executive (Bureaucracy), hence there’s a salary differentiation. A democracy runs on the premise of what to do during peace times, and not on what the Nation will do during war times. The premise is a truism. Isn’t it?
The more we will try to bring army into the Governance picture, the more we will slide towards a military state. Something, which like it or not, will decrease the sanctity and spirit of “Rule of the People”. This is the same fear which often aired by some academics, when they say: Instead of celebrating Republic Day as an exhibition of Indian Defense Forces’ might (in Hindi, “Kshamta”), the Government must think about celebrating it as a day showcasing the rich cultural,religious, ethnic diversity of Indian people.