Navin Chawla We Don’t Want You

Being a Dynasty loyalist is the least of Navin Chawla’s distinctions. He primarily distinguished himself as Sanjay Gandhi’s hit man during the Emergency, a disgraceful preeminence, which many of us care to recall now. Adequate credit should go the man’s shrewdness that he managed to scale height after height despite being pronouncedunfit to hold any public office which demands an attitude of fair play and consideration for others.”

His shrewdness has stood him in good stead given his position as one of the Election Commissioners, a dynastic dole bestowed upon him. However, his personal sagacity continues to endanger decency and democratic norms.

The Congress party’s open support to Navin Chawla is but a subterfuge for rigging the elections, now suddenly, starkly visible on the horizon. We are eerily reminded of the Congress party’s well-ingrained allergy to concepts such as democratic processes, pluralism, and terms such as free and fair. No credit goes to the Congress for its surprise stab at power in 2004. The evidence for this is its haste in wooing traditional rivals just so it could retaste the spoils of office. The Left, throughout its remote-control participation in the UPA unholy alliance, was a more vocal opponent of its own government than the BJP/NDA. Manmohan Singh was one of the richest Prime Ministers in recent Indian history to assume office. In five years, he has managed to undo most of what the NDA had accomplished. Which reminds us when he last spoke about development plans for the country.

Navin Chawla may not singlehandedly steer the Congress party to a triumphant victory. However, given the office he occupies, he has the potential to inflict substantial damage not just on the poll process but to the credibility of the Election Commission itself.

In addition, the media seems to have abandoned even the pretence of fair reporting. It has reduced the dictum of the “watchdog of democracy” to a new low. Over the past three or so days, the media has indulged in every form of both overt and covert support by some extremely creative reportage. From word play to tossing allegations back and forth and editorializing Congress politicians’ partisan statements to quoting out of context to quoting dubious experts, it has shown that its reporting is partisan.

Large sections of the public are already outraged at the Congress party’s flagrant flouting of Part XV of the Constitution, which is worth reproducing in full.

PART XV: ELECTIONS
324. (5) Subject to the provisions of any law made by Parliament, the conditions of service and tenure of office of the Election Commissioners and the Regional Commissioners shall be such as the President may by rule determine:

- Provided that the Chief Election Commissioner shall not be removed from his office except in like manner and on the like grounds as a Judge of the Supreme Court and the conditions of service of the Chief Election Commissioner shall not be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment:

- Provided further that any other Election Commissioner or a Regional Commissioner shall not be removed from office except on the recommendation of the Chief Election Commissioner.

Mr. Gopalaswami is entirely within his rights in exercising what the Constitution bestows upon the CEC. To quote a friend, “it would be extraordinary for President Patil to return [the CEC's] recommendation, just like it is extraordinary for the president to return a bill without signing.” Besides, the CEC has conclusively shown the reasons why Navin Chawla is unfit to stay on as an Election Commissioner. As newer news trickles in, the list of Navin Chawla’s misdemeanours grows longer. This is apart from the 12 instances of his partisan behaviour. The latest news is Mr.Gopalaswami’s revelation of Chawla’s frequent breaks to the washroom, which miraculously resulted in frantic phone calls from Congress bosses.

If the Congress party gets away with this, it will be yet another backhanded blow to our democracy. The nation will witness the same chaos that the UPA ushered in since 2004–from stagnating the economy to failing to provide a sense of security to the Indian people to communalizing the society.

In the long run, this will prove counter productive to the Congress but the damage would’ve been inflicted.

Navin Chawla must go.

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11 comments for “Navin Chawla We Don’t Want You

  1. sunil kumar 27yrs old
    March 4, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    I am very much disappointed after the 26/11 attack. I came to know a lot of loop holes just because of the Internet. I found a lot of information about Indian politics and politicians. In the end I came to know that 90% of politicians are totally blood suckers. What the fuck will happen in this coming election…?? God knows!!! That Sonia bitch is buying everything and every bodies… man…!! she changed the election commissioner also now…!!!!! 1st I remember… how that bitch Sonia removed RESPECTED Abdul Kalam… because of office of profit controversies… I pray to GOD all those Congress politicians could die in a plane crash…!!!

    Jai hind…

  2. February 5, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    The Election Commission has its great relevance in implementing democracy in every form of governance. According to constitution of India, the fairness in actions and neutrality in its mind are made mandatory elements.

    The Election Commission of India is now a day missing both of mandatory elements in its actions and mind. The commission has been divided into political blocks.

  3. Sanjay
    February 4, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    “How can the BJP do anything when its sympathisers are busy beating up pub-crawlers and beating up Valentine’s Day revellers?”

    Yeah right. Even if some Hindu f*arts in some corner of India, blame it on a RSS and BJP conspiracy.

  4. Tirumalanath
    February 4, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    why have an election commision with such reputation as it took lot of pain by the previous ec to clean up the electorate system in this country. let us hope this issue is just a small one which will not bring back the EC to its old working ways.

    Regards,
    Tirumalanath
    tirumalanath.neelaiagari@gmail.com

  5. kaangeya
    February 4, 2009 at 3:26 AM

    How can the BJP do anything when its sympathisers are busy beating up pub-crawlers and beating up Valentine’s Day revellers?

  6. Raman
    February 3, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Sandeep,

    This is well written.

    The point that interests me is the media coverage on the Navin controversy. If the media is so ideologically partisan as it appears to be, then is it not time that the BJP rethink its media strategy? This should include strengthening independent voices such as the Pioneer.

    But the BJP can only do that if it itself had proper leadership. Advani is too old and the party needs a revamp of younger leaders who could think 20 years ahead. And this includes the media strategy to ensure a more vibrant, plural and diverse media (in the ideological sense) than what India enjoys at present.

  7. February 3, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    EC Chawla is now Exposed Chawla. The country should see him as Congress Election Commissioner, if he is elevated to CEC.

  8. Sandeep
    February 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    VK,

    Thanks for pointing out. The quote is from Wikipedia. Will add it.

  9. February 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Navin Chawla is a Congress stooge. The country must listen to the CEC.

  10. VK
    February 3, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    “unfit to hold any public office which demands an attitude of fair play and consideration for others.”

    Where is this quotation from? The News Today website you’ve linked to doesn’t have it. Or, are you paraphrasing from someone?

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