Kolkata, April 13: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Friday rued the declining political standards, saying not acknowledging one' own fault and blaming others has become the order of the day for today's political parties.
Narayanan said this while addressing the students and teachers of the historic President University, which was attacked by alleged Trinamool Congress (TMC) goons on Wednesday to protest the assault on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and some of her ministers in New Delhi by alleged SFI supporters the day before.
The Governor, who is also the chancellor of the university, apologised to the students and teachers for Wednesday's incident and said he had failed as the chancellor.
Students were manhandled and threatened while a historic laboratory at the institute was ransacked during the attack. The university authorities said that the policemen who were present on the spot did do nothing to stop the goons, saying there was no order for them from above.
Narayanan's remark on the blame game in the wake of both the SFI and TMC washing hands off the New Delhi and Kolkata attacks, respectively, was thought to be significant by political observers.
It is indeed difficult to acknowledge the truth for most of the political parties today have no ideology and hence a weak organisation and discipline in them. Since there is no method in carrying out the functions, the party workers are only worthy in attacking and abusing the opponents, more often if the polity is deeply divided. West Bengal is a classic example of this scenario. The main political opponents, namely the Left and the TMC today have no other agenda but to bash each other.
The senior leaders of both sides follow this tradition whole-heartedly and there is no surprise that the youngsters will only imitate them. But when the political fight takes the form of a violence and spills over into other domains of social life and governance and put ordinary lives under risk, then a question of accountability comes into prominence, more so for the ruling party. But none of the sides guilty of undermining the democratic culture have the guts to acknowledge the reality. But in this era of high technological standards, they also fail to hide the truth.
The West Bengal Governor on Friday hit the nail on the head.