In the last two sessions of Parliament, not much work was done, thanks to a Congress party that was hell-bent on stalling operations. Now, just a couple of weeks before the Budget Session of Parliament starts, the sparring has started all over again. Addressing tea garden workers in Assam, prime minister Narendra Modi alleged that “one family was indulging in negative politics”. Within hours, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joined the battle, claiming that Modi’s job as prime minister is to run the government, not to make excuses.
Rather than indulging in a low-brow debate, it is high time both parties involved showed a greater degree of maturity. What the people of India—be it farmers, middle-class, industry, SC/ST, OBC—want is a government that debates sensibly to get things done rather than argue over minor issues. The country needs politicking that is centred on development, not catering to the whims and fancies of politicians. India’s 1.2 billion-strong population needs quick, smart decisions that can take the country to greater heights, not empty rhetoric. The people do not care for emotions of the netas, what matters is faster development. That can happen only when top-deck politicians show maturity, which is lacking currently. Considering that time is not on India’s side, the faster the debate levels improve, the better it is for the economy.