The common belief is that education makes people more civilized and refined. However, time and again, this myth has been shattered by the unruly behaviour of the elected representatives, most of them well educated.
The Kerala Assembly on March 13
What happened in the Assembly on that day was disgraceful and all Keralites had to hang their heads in shame to have the misfortune of witnessing such an extreme hooliganism staged by their elected representatives. India is a vibrant democracy and every party has the right to protest and oppose the government and its policies. When the opposition has a genuine complaint against the government or any minister, there are legitimate and democratic ways of expressing it.
They can very well boycott the minister both inside and outside the House, they can shout slogans against him or organize rallies and demonstrations all over. But their actions of physically blocking the Speaker from entering the House, breaking and throwing away his chair, breaking his computer and mikes, climbing on the tables and pushing the watch and ward and rushing menacingly towards the treasury benches keeping the women members in front as shields were all unbecoming of the elected representatives.
We have not expected such wayward behaviour from those who represent the so-called educated and politically conscious people. Were they not aware that the whole world was witnessing the entire drama and the reputation of the whole people whom they represent was at stake ?
Did they forget that they will have to go back to the same people tomorrow. The visuals shown by the news media were so disgusting that the voters, I am sure, will feel ashamed of facing these leaders when they confront them next time.
By: K V RAVINDRAN
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