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Ethics in Majority-Minority Relationship & Defections of Legislators

Ethics in Majority-Minority Relationship & Defections of Legislators

Ethics in Majority-Minority Relationship

  • We have opted for a democratic set-up. Democracy is a delicate form of government and calls for adherence to certain norms by all concerned for its successful functioning.
  • One of the basic postulates of democracy is that the minority would reconcile itself to the verdict of the electorate and thus accept the rule of the majority.
  • The majority on its part would show due deference to the minority and not rule too oppressively.
  • Social-justice is an extension of the principle of ethics in public life. Principles of ethics cannot operate in a vacuum or in abstract.
  • They have to manifest themselves in the actual life of the community. Extreme concentration of wealth on one side and extreme poverty on the other are manifestations of an unethical order of society.
  • Societies, if they have to march in a smooth and peaceful manner towards progress and prosperity, must banish such ugly and unethical blots. Ethics in Majority-Minority Relationship & Defections of Legislators

Defections of Legislators

  • One other matter which is common between the need for adherence to ethic groups and parties as well as the public life of the individuals is the question of defections by members of the legislatures from one party to another.                Ethics in Majority-Minority Relationship & Defections of Legislators
  • Defection of legislators elected on party tickets has marred the political scene on quite a few occasions of our national history.
  • There are stories of sordid activities behind many of the defections and it is said that money, power or lure of office play a significant part in inducing such defections.
  • Defections, there can be no doubt, pollute the political life of the country and create an atmosphere of uncertainty and instability.
  • They also bring the system of parliamentary democracy into disrepute and create a feeling of bitter disenchantment in the people.
  • In many countries, parties even with a majority of one or two have continued in power and nobody thinks of defections or purchase of party loyalty.
  • Why should not the position be the same in our country? It would be an exercise in euphemism to say that most defections are the result of the urges of conscience.
  • Defections also create an atmosphere in which a ministry cannot devote its time to nation-building activities and programmes of public weal, as its time is mostly taken in counteracting the strategic moves to oust it from office.              Ethics in Majority-Minority Relationship & Defections of Legislators
  • Political life in such an event descends from the plane of principles to the level of market place, to horse-trading and sale of personal loyalties. Of the different type of Mercenaries, the political mercenary is perhaps the least mindful of scruples.
  • He has a pliable conscience and has no compunction in changing his loyalty and shifting his Alliance. He is willing to succumb to all kinds of pressures and to yield to all kinds of temptations.
  • His activities may introduce a touch of melodrama but in essence it is the manifestation of his political and moral debasement.

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