The problem of Language in Indian Politics
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What is it to be dignified?

What is it to be dignified?
The article explores the idea of dignified language and its implication in society from a vantage point of Indian political scenario
In the recent movie 'Greenbook', the actor Mahershala Ali, who plays the role of Don Shirley, an African-American classical and jazz pianist who upon facing racial discrimination during his musical tour in Deep South of the US, says something which opens up one's mind to a lot of intrigue and reading.
"Dignity always prevails"
The three words, independently hold a lot of gravitas in them. Well, one might even say that each of the three individual words, sometimes describe lives, personalities and attitude.
The movie gives us a peek into what it sounds like to beethical.
Being an Indian, with a documented history of more than 4000 years, I often found myself taking pride in the culture that supported many civilisations. A culture that developed dialects and languages according to economics, trade and folklore. Even from the British version of the History that was taught to us in our 'nationalistic' schools, one can easily imply the tolerance and empathy that this culture held.
These were the values that are and should be remembered. Becoming a Gandhian is difficult, but that is what we should aspire to be. This idea led us to our freedom struggle and gained our independence.
The post-independence era, in our country, has been a struggle of ideologies, which is a necessity of a Democracy. In fact, dissent and discussion made the constitution of India. But when this constitution which replaced the 1000 plus years of monarchs and companies' rule over us, it placed greater confidence in people. The parliamentary setup of our country is the definition of what it seems to hold people accountable for people.
We elect our representative, the voice of people and put a certain degree of dignity in the position. The hierarchy is supposed to be strictly administrative, a representative is a representative, be it from the party in power or the opposition.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, India has witnessed, a frenzy of personal, derogatory, undignified verbal attacks from politicians of all fronts. In the advent of social networks, it's not that difficult to make it a marketable content.
Now, these attacks are misogynistic, racist, Brahminical and against communities, which in itself makes them unacceptable but what troubles more is that it makes us, the youth, the nationalists, the believers of democracy wonder about our political system. It makes us question the relation between position and dignity.
Supporters are justifying what's been said by playing a game of 'who said what, and who said it first'.
Dignity and ethics, they do not tell us what we can do or should do, they help us determine what we 'ought' to do.
To those, who support this, I say, "Dignity always prevails". You don't have to say hateful things to women, a religion, a person to make this country great.
Your representative might win, but believe me, my friend, you will lose.

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The blog tries to put up a question mark on the current state of the language used by the representative of people.


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