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Essay on “Today’s Politicians and The Poor” Complete Essay for Class 9, Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Today’s Politicians and The Poor

The so-called split in the Congress, and the sub-sequent split within the split, have been discussed threadbare in the columns of newspapers. But the one question which one has not seen raised is, why public respinse to these developments has been languid. The only explanation could be that, in recent years so many splits have taken place in so many parties so frequently as to have given the masses a splitting headache! Why should they care of the doings of politicians who, while claiming to represent them and their interests, are interested only in fighting among themselves for the spoils of office?

The  performance of the government in tackling the problem of poverty has been dismal. The poor masses would, therefore, have to be kept in mind by politicians when squandering money on luxuries.

So much for the government’s commitment to the eradication of poverty! It does not even know the percentage of the population living below the poverty line! Here was the opportunity for politicians committed to the welfare of the poor to grill the government But those out to bring down the government could hardly have been expected to put it on the right track.

It is true, one who is a critic of the present dispensation is liable to be dismissed as a fugitive from the happy valley and, there-fore, not typical or normal. After all, most of our leaders, irrespective of their pretensions, tend to believe that it is not out of joblessness of the times, but the fault of nature, and will name the person who has reduced the average Indian to penury, and consequent neglect “What is the matter with the poor, is their poverty”, said Bernard Shaw.

Our leaders are apt to assert that nothing much is the matter with the poor so long as the government does not make them wicked by helping them at the expense of others, and that poverty is largely the fault of those who succumb to it. The times are not to blame! But, then, who can know that better than our politicians who, once paupers, are today millionaires?

In the context, one is tempted to recall an almost decade-old judgment of the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati and Justices R.N. Mishra, G.L. Oza, M.M. Dutt and K.N. Singh brought the curtain down on 1986, with the ruling that the poor could seek enforcement of their Fundamental Rights by the apex court by writing a letter to any of its judges, and that such a letter would not have to be accompanied by an affidavit. “The poor are the economically deprived or disadvantaged, the physically handicapped persons, or simply women or children”, the bench clarified.

In thus making the apex court accessible to the rural and urbal poor, the bench observed that the court had a constitutional duty to protect the Fundamental Rights of the poor. “The poor and the (disadvantaged, or the social action groups on their behalf, may not know the proper form of addressing the court. They may know a particular judge hailing from their State and may, therefore, address the letter to him. And if the court were to insist on all affidavit accompanying such letters, it would mean denial to them of access to the court”, the Bench ruled, adding that, “for the enforcement of the Fundamental Rights of the poor, the court might appoint socio-legal commissions or devise any procedure, and forge any tools it deems appropriate, and the court can grant compensation where the infringement of the Fundamental Rights is gross and patent, and affects persons on a large scale”. It certainly rebounds to the credit of the judiciary that, wherever possible, it has helped the poor. For instance, about the same time the Supreme Court had directed the Orissa Government to place before it a scheme or project for the drought-prone Kalahan-di district where several communities, out of sheer poverty, repor-tedly sold their children. In another case, the apex court had directed the Madhya Pradesh Government to pay an “exemplary” cost of Rs. 2,500 for seeking adjournment to file its rejoinder against a public interest writ petition. The amount was to be paid to Ms. Pushpa Nochala Bawa, president of the Tribal Development and Training Institute at Rajpur in Sarjuga district, who had sought the Court’s direction to the State Government to grant “pattas” (certificates of landholdings) to the Adivasis of the district.




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