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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Nov 2017 11:57:23

WHEN an eminent personality, with vast political and administrative knowledge and first hand experience, like Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu says that people are losing faith in legislature, judiciary and executive, then definitely there is something seriously wrong with the whole system. This should provide a serious food for thought for all those concerned with these premier institutions of the nation’s democratic system. Addressing a meeting of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Advocates’ Association in Hyderabad the other day, the newly-elected Vice-President of India expressed his profound concern over the erosion of confidence among people in the legislature, judiciary and executive, the edifice of the nation’s democratic structure. When Mr. Naidu says that in order to restore that faith these institutions must play their defined constitutional roles, it becomes clear that these institutions have strayed away from their basic duties towards the people and unfortunately have to be reminded of those essential roles.

Mr. Naidu certainly has given expression to the widespread feeling among the people of the country that these important institutions have not lived upto the expectations of the people in discharging their responsibilities towards them, which is their core duty. It is because this failure that people have developed disenchantment with the whole establishment from where good governance is expected. Individually and collectively all the three institutions have strayed away from their assigned roles as enshrined in the Constitution. It is unfortunate that they have to be reminded of these responsibilities, the discharge of which is the right of the people.

As far as the functioning of the legislature is concerned, Mr. Naidu, as a veteran political stalwart, knows how redundancy has stepped in in the conduct of legislative houses, both in states and in the Parliament. The blame for most of the malaise that has set in in the functioning of these august legislative houses lies at the door of the political community across political divide. The people of the country have no choice but to watch the spectacle with a sense of frustration and helplessness.

No one particular party or political outfit can escape the blame for the stalling of legislative businesses, each one hell bent on scoring political points over the other, with legislative debates and discussions turning into slanging matches between the treasury benches and the Opposition. The country has seen the spectacle of session after session being drowned in din created by Opposition and the treasury benches sticking steadfastly to their stated positions, giving hardly any chance to compromises with business of national importance getting inordinately delayed. Consensus, on issues of national importance instead of becoming a norm, has become a remote possibility because of unwillingness to accommodate the other point of view.

As far as the judicial system is concerned, Mr. Naidu’s comparison of the lawyer with a child’s deep faith in its mother is significant. That seems to be the right description of the place the legal community should have in the heart of the litigant. It is also like that of a patient’s faith in the medical fraternity. Mr. Naidu obviously wants the legal profession to do some soul-searching whether it has lived upto the expectations of the people. Indeed public confidence is the cornerstone of the justice delivery system and that should never be compromised.

Similarly the executive too has fallen woefully short in fulfilling the aspirations of people. It is being seen as an unavoidable obstruction in the smooth conduct of administration with red-tape and corruption becoming its inseparable appendage.