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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

2005 - The Year that saw image of Indian politician

[b]2005 - The Year that saw image of Indian politician in shambles[/b]

By RC Rajamani – Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The standard of polity and politicians in India plumbed abysmal depths during 2005. A partisan governor in its politically volatile eastern state Bihar dealt a severe blow to democracy that saw the dissolution of a duly elected assembly just three months after a costly election.

Governor Buta Singh’s action was so blatant that the Supreme Court thought it fit to pass strictures on his hasty decision without giving a fair chance to all the parties concerned to try and form a government. Somewhat in a poetic justice, the group, the BJP-led NDA that was denied the opportunity, is back in power after fresh elections held in November.

The image of the individual politician in the country has never been as poor as in the year passed by. Parliament certainly holds the mirror to the conduct of politicians and politics. It had been a time of scams and scandals for the institution from where the world’s largest democracy functions. Deep divisions between the government and the opposition marked its proceedings. It was also witness to polity’s collective shame as stunning scams engulfed members across the entire political spectrum. There was at least one scam each session to keep politics centre-stage, pushing legislative business to the backburner.

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