The increasing trend of criminalization in Indian politics and the future of Indian democracy (With special reference to 2019 lok sabha elections)
Sanjeev C Shirpurkar
The issue of Criminalization of Politics has remained the most important and sensitive issue of Indian politics. Since the recommendations of the Bohra committee set up to investigate the 1993 Mumbai bombing. Proposal passed in various sessions of parliament, Tears created by political parties over a worsening environment, the restrictions imposed by the Election Commission, expressed deep concern over the increasing trend of criminalization by the Heads of state, irrespective of the awareness created by the media from time to time in this regard, the irony is that at the level of sufficiency in our politics and governance, the nexus of crime and politics is getting stronger day by day like the addition of Fevicol. Sometimes it seems as the entire governance system has also been hijacked by the criminal syndicate. The intelligentsia is also now beginning to realize that the money power, muscle power and state force, triangular form are bent on making politics and administration more relevant by running parallel government. Currently almost all the states of India suffer from this infectious disease of criminalization. Excessive expenditure on elections, indifference of Governments, border lines drawn by Election Commission, indifference to potential malaise among politicians, constant rage of moral values, difference between statement and action of political parties, political patronage to criminals, creating a network of muscle power through money power, the political ambitions of criminal elements and the politics of caste votes are all such facts which are attracting politicians towards crime and criminals towards politics. In such a situation, if the condition and direction of the politics of development is to be maintained properly, the democratic character has to be kept pure, the dignity of the legislative institutions is to keep pure and alive than the Judiciary and Election Commission of our country will have to be enlightened by the Government and political parties, administration and bureaucrats, media and intellectual class. We have to understand our obligations and will have to continuously strive in this direction by reconstructing values seriously and actively. Other -wise, in the coming days, it will be very difficult to distinguish between the political workers and the crime worker, and instead of criminalization of politics, politics of criminal will have to be discussed and worried.
Sanjeev C Shirpurkar. The increasing trend of criminalization in Indian politics and the future of Indian democracy (With special reference to 2019 lok sabha elections). International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 7, Issue 12, 2020, Pages 88-93