Indian Politics: The Legitimacy Syndrome!
One has to search the pages of history frantically to find when exactly someone might have called an elected government an illegitimate child. If the search was unsuccessful do not despair as yet, because it just happened in the largest democracy of the world. It happens only in India, if you want to buzz!
It happened right in the floor of the lower house of the Indian Parliament. It happened in the very first day of the monsoon session that started on Wednesday, the 8th of August, 2012. It was expected the opposition political parties would storm the house on several burning issues ranging from ethnic violence to ongoing scams. But nobody could anticipate the desperation to reach such depraved levels.
And, the question of legitimacy was raised by none other than the senior most opposition leader of the country, the former Deputy Prime Minister of India, the opposition leader of the lower house of Parliament till 2010, and the octogenarian, L K Advani. He had been one of the pioneering figures of the main opposition party of India that is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the consequent opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that got elected to rule the country from 1999 to 2004. Under pressure from fundamentalists group who wanted him to withdraw in favor of younger politicians Advani gave up as president of the BJP in 2005 and from the post of the leader of opposition in Parliament in 2010. At that point of time it was believed the grand old politician had finally retired. But it was hardly so. He went on with his Prime Ministerial aspirations and even countered the candidature of a much younger and dynamic Narendra Modi. His so-called goodwill trips across the country in chariots continued too. He never resisted from making political waves by uttering or doing something unexpected.Continued on the next page