As the country witnesses increased violence based on regionalism, Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan on Tuesday lambasted the “regressive” brand of politics on divisive issues terming it the biggest threat to the rule of law.
The CJI, who has taken some strong measures to rid the judiciary of the black sheep, also expressed concern over allegations of corruption against judges that raised the question who will watch the watchdog.
“Regressive brand of politics is threatening our Constitution, and the principles that our Constitution stands for. There have been several instances of senseless violence in recent times to polarise the nation on the flimsiest of reasons,” he said addressing a conference on National Value Crisis and Redressal.
Maintaining that in a pluralistic society, there were bound to be differences, the CJI said with maturity of democracy these differences should be resolved amicably through dialogue and not confrontation.
The CJI’s unusually strong remarks come in the backdrop of recent attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai, by the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena that claimed lives and forced thousands of Hindi-speaking labourers to leave the state.
“In recent months, there has been considerable anxiety on account of allegation of corruption in the higher judiciary. The judiciary is the watchdog of the rights of citizens and these instances have once again raised the question as to who will watch the watchdog,” the CJI said.
He, however, said disparity in pay scale of public and private sector could be one of the reasons behind corruption that was considered a violation of basic human rights under the international law.
‘Ugly Indian politician’
Speaking at seminar, BJP’s L.K. Advani said encouraging more young people to join politics could help the erase the image of the “ugly Indian politician”. He said the lack of professionalism among politicians was the reason for this state of affairs. “Politics was a noble profession during the freedom movement...After Independence, the spirit of mission got gradually diluted... Unfortunately, in India today politics is seen neither as a mission nor as a profession, but as pure commerce.”