Young MPs respond to the Mumbai Tragedy-Asaduddin Owaisi, MP
Asaduddin Owaisi, MP
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)
No one should demean the anger of the nation, especially after what has happened in Mumbai.
Criticism is the best part of democracy. Anger should be shown to public representatives if they fail. As a whole the democratic system is working, simply mocking the system is not feasible. The image of politicians is not good. People do not identify with politicians. Politicians do not represent real issues. But there is complete public apathy especially in cities. The urban vote is around 50 percent. Protests by ordinary citizens is fine but where is the remaining 50 percent on election day?
Things have been made difficult by the comments of certain politicians who have tried to douse fire with kerosene. The Maharashtra government has clearly not met the expectations of people, especially the kind of ethnic and regional politics that has been taking place. Politics in India is an unfortunate practice. It is full of opportunism and immaturity. It is high time we reached a uniform position across political and religious lines with respect to national issues. It is okay to have a different approach to economics, but not to terrorism and national security. Indian politicians practice politics as if they in a bygone era.
Despite poverty, there is acute political awareness throughout India. People understand that terrorism is a global phenomenon; it is not a communal issue. We must respond as Indians. The government should make the people their equal partners to fight terrorism. For instance, in America, the government constantly gives information to its citizens about the level of security in the country. People have to be involved if the country can respond as a whole. The government and all politicians have to show the people that their safety is the primary national concern.
The only solution to political apathy is for people to come out and vote.