Former Union Finance minister P Chidambram on Friday stated the coronavirus pandemic has uncovered gaping loopholes within the political system, charging that in a corroded diminished democracy, rulers discover various methods to evade duty.
He stated the pandemic could also be contained by common vaccination or the illness could also be cured by discovery of medicines however the query is Did Indian democracy rise to the problem of the pandemic and defend the lives, livelihood and well-being of its individuals, particularly the poor and youngsters”.
Take part in a seminar on Global Pandemic and Challenges Before the Democracy in the Rajasthan Assembly, the Rajya Sabha MP said every political system boasts that it is the best suited to address the needs of individuals.
“What the pandemic has done is to expose the gaping loopholes in the boasts. In a true parliamentary democracy system, the prime minister is responsible every day to the Parliament and to the people. However, in a corroded diminished democracy, the rulers will find diverse ways to evade accountability,” he stated.
He stated confronted with any adversity, the weaknesses would have been uncovered sooner or later however the pandemic has uncovered these brutally with no scope of excuses or cover-up.
The Congress chief additional stated the rule of regulation requires a number of institutional assist and when authorities establishments fail and bend earlier than the manager or collaborate with rulers, they help the manager to subvert the rule of regulation.
When this occurs, energies of the rulers will probably be targeted on self-preservation and never preventing the pandemic, he stated.
The Rajya Sabha MP stated it’s a problem to make the legislative department work to mitigate the sufferings of individuals.
He stated challenges to the democracy should not on the nationwide degree alone. The pandemic has thrown an uncommon phenomenon of vaccine nationalism, he burdened.
“What I make is mine, what I can afford to purchase is mine is vaccine nationalism, he stated.
He stated nations should not permitting use of different vaccines with a view to promote their vaccine. Vaccine nationalism has thrown a spanner within the wheel of world cooperation in struggle towards the pandemic, he stated.
Chidambaram highlighted seven challenges, together with perils of centralisation in not inserting orders for vaccines, design and execution of vaccination programme, assets and allocation thereof, widening of disparity amongst individuals.
He stated the elimination of poverty and lowering inequalities are accepted targets amongst democratic nations. According to a examine, 23 crore individuals had been pushed to poverty in final two years, he stated.
The deprivation of faculty schooling has been probably the most devastating affect of the pandemic. Indian democratic governments on the Centre and the states have discovered no reply to this disaster and stand by as helpless spectator, he added.
Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C P Joshi and Leader of Opposition within the Assembly CP Joshi additionally offered their views.