Crossing a line
The Viksit Bharat Sankalp yatra is strategically timed in anticipation of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for April-May 2024, which raises concerns over the politicization of the bureaucracy and the military in India.
Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra
- Government's Outreach Endeavor: The Centre initiates Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra to showcase achievements since 2014.
- Selective Focus on BJP's Tenure: Yatra spotlights accomplishments from the two terms of the present government.
- Pre-election Timing: The event conveniently aligns with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in April-May 2024.
Concerns on Separation of Powers and Partisan Involvement
- Constitutional Framework at Stake: India's governance system envisions a clear division of power between the executive, judiciary, and legislature.
- Bureaucratic and Military Neutrality: Both the bureaucracy and military are expected to remain impartial and insulated from partisan politics.
- Erosion of Bureaucratic Impartiality: Opposition parties criticize the government for politicizing the bureaucracy and the military.
Upholding Institutional Integrity
- Challenges to Credibility: India's extensive electoral process relies on bureaucratic impartiality for credibility.
- Military's Non-Involvement in Domestic Politics: Political neutrality is crucial for the military's credibility and integrity.
- Call for Ethical Governance: Upholding institutional integrity should take precedence over partisan electoral strategies.