Ethics in politics

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Ethics in politics

Bishaldeep Kakati | February 23, 2019 11:51 hrs


The word “Ethics” has unfortunately lost its relevance to a great extent. If we hover around to look at the political scenario prevalent in our society, the noticeable fact is that almost everything is more or less a mixture of selfish desires stirred in a solution of unethical stuff. And even when the citizens wish or desire to taste or enjoy ethical stuff, they are always served with all those bitter and unethical concoctions that make them lose hope and with that, the craving for progress and development has sadly disappeared. The particular word has lost its relevance in the current scenario. However, the one alarmingly concerning fact is that if ethics loses its value in any particular field, then that field would definitely impose a negative attribute towards the proper evolution and shaping of the society.
The conspicuous fact is that the regime in a sovereign is directly or indirectly dependent upon the political aspects present in and around its territory. And that is why the importance of “positive politics” is an indispensable part, especially for a democratic country like India. However, the scenario in India is such that whenever the denizens hear the word “politics,” they always get a negative vibe in their minds. The burgess cannot be blamed because such is the condition of politics in India. Politics has always been one of the major causes of people’s anger and anguish. It is indeed sad that the largest democratic country in the world experiences an apathetic political scenario. But if we carefully analyze, we would of course realize some staggering facts.


The subject “Politics” (different from Political Science) is not present in any academic curriculum. It is a subject that is more or less designed, manipulated and shaped according to the needs of the politicians. And when politicians shape this subject called Politics, they maneuver it according to their own wish, for their own benefit, rather than giving importance in formulating politics for the development of the society or the country as a whole. And because politics cannot be taught to the politicians in any educational institutions, they misuse this subject without the fear of punishment. But an exactly different scenario would have prevailed if these politicians were made to learn and understand this craft in some institutions, failure of which would have barred them from dabbling in politics. And indeed if we take the current scenario and the actions of politicians into consideration, sending the politicians to special institutions is indeed necessary. Thus this mandate would ensure that politicians learn or properly realize their primary duty to serve the people and the nation giving due importance to the wishes of the masses. 


Moreover, if we try to understand the subject “Politics” and the way it has been shaped by politicians, we would come across different chapters in it like any other subject. The preliminary chapter of “Politics” starts right when politicians make mind-blowing speeches, making hundreds of so-called promises to the people in order to win elections. The middle chapter can be divided into two parts - one part where the innocent people hoping for development make these politicians win and the second, these victorious politicians presume themselves to be the supreme authority, sometimes even acting superior than the Constitution or the Judiciary. In the final chapter of the subject “Politics” the politicians do exactly opposite of their promises, betray the people and seldom lend a ear to their requests, prayers and pleas. Thus, after their 5-year tenure, if they feel that their performance was poor, they would again act as dedicated students promising the people to do good, to bring happiness to them, etc so that their positions of power are not snatched by someone else. This is the bitter truth of politics in India.


However, in the subject of “Politics,” it seems a particular chapter of great importance is unfortunately missing. And that particular chapter is “Ethics in Politics.” And since most of the politicians don’t like this word “Ethics,” the people must force the politicians to incorporate the chapter of Ethics in their own composed subject. If that happens, the deplorable scenarios created by the politicians could be changed and the society could be revamped for good. But the question that arises here is: whether a mere theoretical chapter on Ethics would be enough to refurbish the awful politicians.


The reality is that we clearly know that a politician, before taking over the responsibilities of a leader, must swear by the Constitution and other necessary vitals. But this swearing often loses its value, as politicians have this tendency to sometimes even disturb the basic structure of the Constitution. So rather than incorporating a theoretical chapter on Ethics, the people must make the politicians read and understand “Ethics” as a substantive law, where, if they go astray, must be subjected to proper punishments. And that is probably the only way to make the politicians realize their duty to give due importance to their electorates. Else we have clearly noticed how democratic protests have almost failed to change the rigid behaviour of the politicians.

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