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L’express Weekly 22 April 2011

Posted in Uncategorized by touriaprayag on April 22, 2011

Weekly 22 April

More action, less acting

Some were better actors than others; some were more talented at
simulation than others; some were more ready to play the game
than others but the performance we attended at the Legislative
Assembly last Tuesday was theatrical: smiles were in order, some
outbursts of forced laughter and some rather strained attempts at showing one’s wisdom teeth. The producer did a superb job, though the rehearsal time may have been short. When the play ended, we resisted the intense, almost uncontrollable, urge to applaud and congratulate the actors for their wonderful performance.
As the production progressed, all the members of government, united,
even joined in the boos and the applause. If the maestro was satisfi ed
with this grand performance, he did not show it. He did not look particularly amused but he did, however, look relaxed.
All is well then. Government is united. Very well. Good on them.
Good on the country for, much as we are taxed with wanting to break up
the government to make room for the MMM, we really have no interest
in doing so. A government which was elected by the people should carry
on with its mandate until the people decide otherwise in the right democratic forum. Instability has never been good for any country, least of all for investment of which we are badly in need. And, let’s face it: having a strong opposition is much better for the stability of the country than having a weak, virtually non-existent one.
Our quest for transparency and our angst about corruption should
not be confused with playing the game of the opposition. We will not.
We are not interested in the spurious claims hurled at government, the
“scandals” or “mega scandals” they are brandishing or the frenzy they are
whipping up to serve on May Day. However, unless we choose to live in a
cave and have our fi ngers fi rmly thrust in our ears, we cannot help being
peeved about the MedPoint saga and, more recently, the scrapping of the
implementation of the system meant to regulate the criminal activities
of book makers. When the audit report comes out, who will be able to
explain the Rs. 5m gone down the drain to save the fraudsters of this
country, who enrich themselves on money immorally wrung from the
poor? Who will explain why they are being given even more opportunities
to keep the ill-gotten money for themselves? These criticisms were not
voiced by the opposition or by some moral-hand-wringing brigade but
by members of the government and they, therefore, deserve to be looked
into. The press has a moral obligation to take them seriously. Ignoring
them would help spread a climate of impunity and, as politicians get
away with serious malpractices, a noxious message is passed to the rest
of the population. It is our responsibility to take up concerns of national
importance. Those we have elected to serve our interests and who have
used every opportunity to fi ll their pockets should be sanctioned.
The image our leaders seem to be so anxious to send us about the
unity of two or three partners who share nothing but ambition is beside
the point. It is frankly not our problem. All we want is for parliament to
overcome its reluctance to tackle corruption and show that it is working
in our best interests. And for that, the guilty heads MUST roll. Government can then carry on with what it has been elected to do. No show is needed to justify that.


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