Wads of cash made a dramatic entry in the parliament last evening just before the voting on the civil nuclear cooperation (or the nuclear deal in common parlance) was to take place. The effect was electrifying.
Discussions stopped. All eyes riveted on the scene enacted at the opposition bench as the members of the principal opposition party threw about the bundles in a way as if they were dirt. They tried to hold aloft the moral posturing that money meant nothing to them compared to ‘principles’.
Meanwhile the house adjourned amid din. When it re-assembled a little later, the principal opposition party had already decided that the episode just enacted was sufficient reason to stall further proceedings and ask for PM’s resignation.
Fortunately that didn’t happen, and the trust motion sailed through. I am happy that the trust motion was won, and even if I’m to believe that money exchanged hands to ensure the win of the ruling coalition, I’d say that the means can be anything if the ‘end’ is good in the larger interests of the country.
To compare last night’s incident with the epic battle in the Mahabharata, let me recall the moment when Karna’s chariot was stuck on the ground. Krishna edged on a hesitant Arjuna to not waste a single moment but to fire arrow at Karna.
Later the same Krishna disclosed to Bhima the secret of killing Duryadhana after the latter was given an impenetrable shield by mother Gandhari on his entire body except just below waist.
The point I want to make is that the civil nuclear cooperation is good for the country even though almost the entire opposition rallied against it.
Every political party played their role in the episode, but that played by the principal opposition party shows an unfathomable smallness on their part.
The irrefutable facts like the former PM announcing at the UN of agreeing to stop any further nuclear test after the global furor over Pokhran-2, the former foreign minister’s account in his book of agreeing to sign CTBT, the present PM-in-waiting endorsing the civil nuclear deal when the PM explained it to him and the former PM in private (see Karan Thapar’s article in the HT), the former foreign minister’s admission that he indeed approached some sections of the so-called third front with the promise of outside support should they attempt to form government, and several others stand as testimonies of moral bankruptcy of the PM-in-waiting.
The situation looks like there may be elections before the year ends. And there being numerous issues of concern like little signs of prices of essential commodities climbing down, it is indeed possible that people choose to change the government at the center.
By that time hopefully, the civil nuclear cooperation would have reached a decisive stage. In which case this may go down as yet another instance in the history of the country where the evils of unholy nexus could not prevent India from claiming its rightful place in the world.
on the occasion of Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s birth anniversary
in the Central Hall of Parliament today.
[This picture is taken from Hindustan Times]