Probably not…. What with international treaties to regulate conduct in wars and fierce international will to punish war crimes and of course our very own ‘khap’ panchyats to punish love birds! Elections , though regulated by statutes and election commission established under constitution, easily lent itself as a process and event to myriad unfair means being deployed by contestants and their backers….
Then came Mr TN Seshan on the scene and things changed. In our great country, things remain the same even as they change. That is the mystery called india and its Great Indian Rope trick. Electoral version of the same is Great Indian Hope Trick played by our political class. So if we promise a future full of glory, you cannot mind means deployed, even if gory!
Also Read: Sanjay Gupta Neesa Group
Purity of means is as important as purity of end… So said Bapu …. But that is old fashioned . In today’s combative politics, end justify the means. Laws and ethics don’t matter. After all ‘janta ki adalat’ through election victory would be the ultimate vindication. How will election commission enforce purity of process of election if crooked logic of ‘janta ki adalat’ comes to be accepted widely.
As we approach a long election season ahead and political entertainment backing Great Indian Hope Trick. continues to roll on, an enlightened civil society could do well to remember Bapu and his emphasis on purity of means. That will strengthen the hands of law and election machinery to ensure that claimants to sanctum sanctoram of temple of democracy reach there not by purveying false hope and adopting ‘easy’ mean but on sheer merit, track record and through bylanes of reality of soul of india.
Also Read: Sanjay Gupta Cambay Group