All is fair in love, war, politics: Gopal Gandhi
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 20:36
Patna: Painting a sorry picture of the political class in the country, former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Sunday said the present-day politics has degenerated to such an extent that it will be fair to add politics to the saying "everything is fair in love and war".

"The political discourse has degenerated today to verbal slanging matches where nothing is foul. Everything is fair; it is said in 'love and war'. To that can now be added 'politics'," he said at the valedictory session of the three-day Global Summit on Changing Bihar.

Contests between rivals could be toxic in electoral politics in which the contests between rivals can be toxic, but people on the same team were also seen fighting, he said.

Gandhi said that the spectacle of personal ambition has overtaken idealism and vendetta replaces values among political leaders so much so that the taste of power and pelf has erased finer instincts of democracy and justice.

The politics of power has changed dynamics of Indian politics with the vices like vengeance and vendetta, while statesmen like Abraham Lincoln, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Nelson Mandela had used the politics of power to serve people.

The body of our political system is strong, but its soul is not in good health, he said adding now a leader is defined by the size of his flock and not his stature of work.

The former West Bengal Governor also regretted that leadership was suffering from credibility.

Candidates with criminal background, sometimes with convictions behind them and charges staring them, did contest polls and get elected, he said.

Gandhi described as 'unfortunate and avoidable' the disagreement between a number of chief ministers and the Centre on the "vital, complex and urgent" issue of setting up the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

There was a dialogue deficit among our leaders on terrorism, he said adding this must be replaced by frank consultations and coordination.


First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 20:36

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