Language, ethics and politicians

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Mujeeb Ali Samo
Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” Gustave Flaubert It disheartens me when I see on tv channels in every talk show the guest politicians whether he is from the ruling party or the opposition both are engaged in using the unethical language. It suits not on the responsible leader to pass absurd comments because they are seen and heard by whole the nation. We believe that politics is the art of deception and win-win games. He who wins is juxtaposing that he Is the right choice of the nation for upbringing the affairs of state that is national as well as internationall. He shows confederate nature that he will set the issues of internal as wel as external at all fora. Hence, it is undeniable fact that since the liberation of the country we have been enduring for the right choice but unfortunately we have not met till now. Pakistan is regressing in every sector. May it be education, health, business, social-economic, or socio-political. These all have been the victim of incompetent and self-centered administration. It is because everyone is in the race to accumulate for their ease so on and so far. It is none of the business to improve the state-supervised institutions for well being of the people. Well, this fact is identical to all of us that when we witness the political gatherings or their debates on the state policy. The opposition stands unfettered rival. They ignore the traits of public speaking though they are undercover of the media. Their even slight moment is captured and is displayed on social platforms such as electronic and print and social media. They leave no space and chance to were to blame the rival member he is either sitting as ruling and the opposition member of the government. It saddens me very deeply because they use vulgar and unethical language for each other. This enchanting use of slang language is heard by respected political representatives of various parties in public meetings, press conferences, and during a sit-in or at any public forum. The use of vulgar and abusive language against the opponents has become the daily business of the members and leaders of almost all the political parties. This tradition is becoming the worst and is practiced by every junior as well as senior politicians and parliamentarians. Freedom of expression is appreciated but it must contain some moral limitations. This practice must be given up on moral grounds, by the politicians and parliamentarians sitting in Senate, National or provincial assemblies. This moral obligation applies alike to all sitting on opposition or treasury benches in the parliament and provincial legislatures. Religiously speaking their conduct and way of speech is not conventional and acceptable by civilized nations. All the political parties have a right to speak critically, but logically and in rational manners. It appears that our political class is less concerned with the redressal of the issues. They are rather engaged in fighting only raising their voices in assemblies with no purposeful solution to the issue. It feels like our political representatives have lost a tolerant attitude and have adopted the nonchalant behavior. The essence of true democracy is to oppose the government on wrong policies but with remedial solutions and peacefully protesting the concerned issues. The incumbent benches have been showing similar attitudes towards the opposition.The ruling, as well as opposition party members, have to show tolerance and avoid intrigue nature towards the problem because they are the elected representatives of their constituency. It is my humble request to the government and opposition party members to join the debates politically with purpose and to sort out the issues faced by the masses. Your enmity has no value in national affairs. I urge all the political parties, ruling as well as opposition, to follow the code of conduct and use appropriate language when you speak and refrain from personal attacks because this reflects your biased attitude.

(-The Writer is a Columnist & Social Activist.)

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