It’s a Jun­gle Out There, Th­ese Days

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

It would not be out of place for some to sur­mise that it’s a jun­gle out there, when it comes to po­lit­i­cal are­nas in the coun­try th­ese days. And the Delhi As­sem­bly has been no ex­cep­tion, with things get­ting pretty wild oc­ca­sion­ally with al­le­ga­tions of snakes in the grass and mon­key busi­ness fly­ing about. Lit­tle won­der then that real snakes, not merely their pur­ported po­lit­i­cal ap­prox­i­ma­tions, make them­selves at home in the build­ing un­til rou­tinely evicted by the staff. It is even less sur­pris­ing that a simian made an un­ex­pected and en­er­getic — but ul­ti­mately in­fruc­tu­ous — in­ter­ven­tion in a dis­cus­sion on guest teach­ers in the as­sem­bly this week be­fore mak­ing a hasty exit. It may be re­called that last year, a month af­ter a nil­gai was ap­pre­hended wan­der­ing out­side Par­lia­ment in May, a mon­key ap­peared to have busi­ness in the law­mak­ers’ li­brary in the high-se­cu­rity build­ing but even­tu­ally only loi­tered with­out en­ter­ing and left — sig­nif­i­cantly — by the VIP gate. Given re­cent de­ci­sions by sev­eral state as­sem­blies re­gard­ing the “man­age­ment” of cer­tain species of an­i­mals in­clud­ing mon­keys and nil­gai, it must be de­ter­mined whether such in­ci­dents in­di­cate they could be ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the demo­cratic process or, at the very least, de­mand­ing representation be­fore ex­ter­mi­na­tion, so to speak.

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