The politics of free culture is becoming a serious problem. The question is, how do governments that bring almost every small facility or economic transaction under ‘tax’ and levy it strictly, start giving freebies on such a large scale?
The politics of free handouts is a major hindrance to the development of the country, it corrupts the politics and makes the common people helpless and disaffected. Leaders who think it is philanthropy, mislead the people of the country. It is the perfect bait and weapon to ensure their victory in the elections and a powerful pawn for the victory of the leaders. The promise of free goods to the public for victory has created a huge financial imbalance on the state exchequer. Now the Supreme Court has rightly questioned the political pollution of this free culture and distribution of Rawdis and has asked the Central Government to clarify that during elections, it will not do anything to distribute free items on behalf of political parties. or promise to do so. Serious issue or not? The court also asked the Center to find out from the Finance Commission whether the implementation of gratuity can be stopped in an already debt-ridden state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also targeted political parties who conspire to get free votes from the people of the country in their election advertisements. Certainly the increasing trend of distributing free ravis is detrimental to the development of the country. The biggest reason Sri Lanka is on the brink of ruin today is the distribution of free Rawdies to the masses.
This free-distribution mentality in democracy would be called a kind of monarchy, which is against the values of democracy. In a democracy, any government is a government of the common people and any money deposited in the government coffers is only fees or taxes or revenue collected from the public. Unlike a monarchy, in a democracy, the people have the key to form the government based on the power of their single vote. In fact, this free culture is developing into a political distortion to turn the key in the hands of the people in their favor and unlock victory. For some time now, promises made by various political parties to gain power in elections have started appearing in the form of giving certain things or facilities free of charge. If one party promises free laptops to students, free religious travel to the elderly, free bus travel to women, other parties promise to provide electricity, water and scooty or gas cylinders. The situation has become that almost all parties are in a contest on how to lure voters to vote in their favor on the promise of freebies. Neither party’s government is concerned if the economic balance of the states is disturbed due to this or they go into debt.
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Governments often lament lack of funds in the fund and debt burden for not completing any development related work on time. But at the same time, from distributing anything free to the people to running schemes like electricity or water, claiming to be people-oriented, disrupts the economic budget of the state. A complete ban on election promises by political parties is necessary to protect democratic values. Representatives elected by the people are not ‘owners’ but ‘servants’ of the people and are elected by the people to look after the wealth or treasury of the country or state for five years only. But due to ongoing distortions in politics, decaying political values and Yen-Ken type of competition to win elections, people’s representatives are beginning to mistake themselves for masters. Advertisements by politicians or political parties promising free gifts even before elections, treating government coffers as private property and disbursing whatever gifts they want, are said to be an obnoxious and paradoxical attempt to turn democracy into an official system. a bribe. can go
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The politics of this free culture is becoming a serious problem today. The question is, how do governments that bring almost every small facility or economic transaction under ‘tax’ and levy it strictly, start giving freebies on such a large scale? This is a way to mislead the public. Another aspect of this is that apart from making some facilities or services free, the government does not collect taxes from the public on other things? Then, is it not the government’s responsibility to provide free of cost goods for people’s livelihood, especially in emergency situations? An ideal government is one which makes its people industrious and enterprising instead of inculcating the habit of free living. Give them employment, do business. The amount spent on providing facilities or goods for free, if the same amount is spent on enterprise and development, the province will grow, the unemployed will get employment, an atmosphere of prosperity will be created. It is necessary to control the culture and practice of freebies, for this the Finance Commission can take a decision by looking at the cost of providing loans and freebies at the time of allotment of any state government. Obviously, the question of giving a good or service for free to win an election is a contentious one and a clear attitude, policy and provision is needed in this regard.
There are many states in India where political parties promised voters freebies and came to power but the coffers were empty and the governments here became heavily indebted. In a democracy voters vote by looking at the policies and principles and future programs of political parties. But the culture or practice of Revadi distribution which started from South India has now also started in North India. Instead of establishing a balanced and developed society, these politicians who advocate a free culture want to maintain the empire of poverty, the poor will always remain poor to get the free facilities of these leaders, this thinking is the messiah of these so called poor politicians. No. While celebrating the nectar of independence, it is expected that the country will be freed from this distortion of politics. Therefore, in this monsoon session of Parliament, if the Modi government brings a bill against ‘Rewari distribution’, it will strengthen India’s democracy and we can move towards a stronger India.
(The writer is a senior journalist and columnist)