Long before the marg darshak mandal in political parties, there were governors. These were and are retired politicians who have no other function but to say Raj karega Raj Bhavan. Across the country, governors live in palatial homes, served by a large and liveried staff and a grand lifestyle which is a drain on the tax payer’s humble lifestyle. Recently Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala showed he is no ordinary Raj Bhavan wala. Instead he’s willing to unleash governor raj to protect and help his erstwhile political colleagues because just as saas bhi kabhi bahu thi, governor bhi kabhi neta the. The question is, are governors ungovernable?
The governor rules without accountability when Article 356 or President’s rule is imposed on a state. That’s the time the governor becomes important but President’s rule sometimes means governor’s misrule. In any case does India really need governors? Or is it time to say, go!-vernor? Sometimes governors have been caught with not even the Constitution for cover. Remember how Andhra Pradesh governor ND Tiwari was discovered practising his personal version of Article 356 without any articles of clothing, in the company of lovely ladies on whom he was trying to enforce governor’s rule? Tripura governor Tathagata Roy is often accused of not being an Excellency on Twitter. Are Raj Bhavans often not swaraj bhavans? Ah these latter day viceroys and their vices!
In 1984 Jammu & Kashmir governor Jagmohan infamously dismissed the elected government of Farooq Abdullah because in those days the British raj had been replaced by Indira raj. Similarly when Andhra governor Ram Lal dismissed NT Rama Rao it was once again seen as the Bhavan ka raj syndrome simply because the Rajya Pal is invariably too much of a pal of the Powers That Be.
In 2001 Tamil Nadu governor Fathima Beevi controversially invited Jayalalithaa to form the government despite the fact that Jayalalithaa had not contested polls because of corruption charges. At that time the newly sworn in Jayalalithaa could have happily said: Beevi ho to aisi. The Karnataka governor is not new to controversy. In 2016 he cautioned college going women from wearing lipstick because joining university was not like entering a beauty contest. The song that’s being sung by hapless Karnataka MPs after the election verdict left them hanging, is aane Vala kal, jaane Vala hai.
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