WEEKEND LIGHTER: MAKE LEGISLATOR'S JOB "FULL TIME"
WEEKEND LIGHTER: MAKE LEGISLATOR’S JOB “FULL TIME”
(November 18/19, 2017)
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Make legislator’s job ‘full-time’*
This week, a lawyer who is a Member of Parliament appeared in the Kerala High Court to defend a State Minister who had filed a petition against certain state government decisions implicating him in a land-grab case. The disgrace emanating from the political implications of a congress leader defending a minister whom the local congress party was trying to get ousted will be discussed by media for long. The Lawyer MP tried to defend his action taking shelter under the argument that he differentiates profession from politics! Let the lawyers and politicians settle their problems in due course, as the state minister resigned today.
With more and more professionals trying their luck in politics, time is opportune to debate whether elected legislators should be allowed to consider their job as legislators as “part time” and return to their main profession as advocate, actor, anchor or consultant whenever a ‘call’ comes. It would be appropriate to make relevant conduct rules applicable to government employees in regard to acceptance of ‘outside’ assignments to legislators who accept salary, perks and other facilities from government. Some relaxations may be necessary only for celebrities nominated to Parliament.
M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram
November 15, 2017
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A recent response
Your editorial “The last resort” (The Hindu, November 16) has captured the entire content of the drama enacted by politicians and the media in Thiruvananthapuram this week ending with the indecent exit of Minister Thomas Chandy the resort owner. We, the people are paying dearly for having left governance totally to the whims of politicians. In politics, professionalism is conspicuous by its absence. And the resultant rot is spreading like cancer. You have hit the nail by concluding that the real ‘test for him (Pinarayi Vijayan ) will be to ensure that governance does not suffer amid his deft political manoeuvres.’ The test equally applies to leaderships of all political parties in India irrespective of denomination and size.
At this stage, Pinarayi Vijayan should break his silence and use his natural leadership qualities to put the Left Democratic Front back on track, weeding out recalcitrant partners and disciplining those who would like to continue the relationship with public interest and commitment to the Front’s approach to good governance as priority. This will need a break with NCP and telling CPI plainly that it is not the policy of LDF to take coercive tactics into the cabinet where deliberations will be the basis for decision-making.
M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram
Some interesting web links:
Mumbai: Past, present and futurehttp://www.thehindu.com/books/books-authors/resilience-is-mumbais-past-present-and-future/article20005040.ece
Creating more awareness among people about corruption will go a long way in helping society to move towards a less-corrupt era. Corruption has something to do with legislation, accumulation of wealth, greed etc. This link may help understanding more about black money and Corruption
M G Warrier
A Poem by Thich Nhat Hanh**
“I asked the leaf
whether it was frightened because it was
autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me,
“No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now muchof me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this
branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her,
‘I will see you again very soon.’”
That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing
joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh
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