Tuesday, February 20, 2018 05:13 AM

Narendra Modi-Congress tussle in Parliament: Poor political discourse is symptomatic of larger malaise

The tussle between the ruling party and the Opposition has reached a nadir with series of elections round the corner. This degenerated discourse, ranging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's blistering attack on Nehru to today's Congress and Congress making a mountain out of a molehill on the remark against Renuka Chowdhury, reflects a larger malaise in the political system. These are not an aberration. The personality-centric political system, decadent political values, sensation-chasing character of the media, etc are all responsible for this phenomenon.

The elections are not too far away. Normally, poll eve is associated with an unprecedented rise in political temperature. Civilised discourse will be the first casualty in such a situation. The growing rhetoric only strengthens the speculation that the elections to Lok Sabha will certainly be held before its term expires.

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