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Criminalisation and corruption in politics

In the recent past, criminalisation and corruption in politics has affected adversely the character, thinking process and inter-relationship of those constituents of the national elites, whose role  matters the most in the development of the nation. Degeneration has not been confined only within political institutions, but has trickled down to administrative apparatus and other important constituents also like the political executive, the legislators, the businessmen, the organised workers, the surplus farmers, intelligentsia, media-persons and the bureaucrats.

Uptil 60’s, majority of leaders honestly dreamt for an equitable society. Then gradually degeneration started, dream were shattered and extra-constitutional elements dominated the political scenario of the country. With it grew criminalization in political and corruption in administrative circles grew beyond limits. Life became increasingly difficult for common men and upright persons.

Entry of criminals in politics, directly or indirectly has resulted in fragmentation of politics and erosion of rule of law. In rural areas, criminals and extortionists have strong political backing or feudal roots. Common man, especially the illiterate ones, who do not understand the complex and unpredictable behaviour of such politicians, are easily swept away by false promises or assurances or threats given to them during elections by politicians or their supporters. For them, politicians are their ‘mai baap’, who control their destiny.

Almost all the political parties are giving encouragement to anti-social/criminal elements. whether it is BSP and SP in UP, RJD and LJP in Bihar, or regional parties in other provinces – in W.Bengal, Maharashtra or North east etc. These are giving tickets to tainted people to fight general elections. The disease of giving tickets to tainted candidates is not restricted to regional parties only. National parties like Congress and BJP have their share of tainted candidates. Criminal element in politics do its best to mobilise, terrorise, or prevent voters from voting and sometimes to get election cancelled by adopting the path of violence. UP and Bihar, the two north Indian states are suffering the most because of criminalisation and corruption in politics.

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May 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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