Read and develop points for discussion and make sure that you are concluding with conviction.
Read GD Topic:
Opposition shouldn't oppose only
Time: 30 minutes
Though the term opposition is, inherently, a negative word, as by definition, it means to stand 'against' someone or something, it depends a lot on that which is being opposed, for its survival. If that which is being opposed is a person, idea or a thing whose existence is harmful for society, then opposition to him/it is an essential requirement and opposition becomes a positive word. It is fair to say that opposition derives its substance from the proposition. The more the proposition falters, the stronger the opposition will be.
A. Nowhere is the need for opposition felt more strongly than in a democracy. Given that in a democracy, people elect their representatives, it is possible that the ruling party misuses its mandate and takes liberties. In such a scenario, a strong opposition is needed to keep the ruling party in check.
B.The role of opposition is as important as that which it opposes. The function of vigilance that an opposition plays justifies its existence. It keeps a hawk eye on the ruling side.
C. A free alternate voice is needed in the society lest it become an autocratic society where only one voice dominates. An opposition critiques, opposes and scrutinizes the actions of the ruling side. Through vocal protests and other ways, an opposition can make life difficult for the ruling side.
D. An opposition, especially in a democracy acts as 'watch dog' of the system and ensures effective implementation of policies. It holds the government responsible and accountable to the public. The members of the opposition, too, are elected by the people and sent to the house to safeguard their interests. So, it is bound to maintain a strict vigil on the functioning of the government and raise issues of national importance.
E. However, the intention behind opposing something needs to be carefully examined. For instance, a lot of times, many political parties oppose the ruling party not on principle, ideas or in the interest of the country but because doing so would secure their vote banks or keep them in limelight.
F. I agree that opposition shouldn't be guided by vested interests but by a sincere intention to benefit the people of the country. An opposition can play a constructive role if it so desires.
G. A strong and aggressive opposition can create chaos. In a democracy, such an opposition can create bottlenecks for the government and obstruct the smooth functioning of the House. This is bound to affect the growth and development of the country. If the House or Parliament is not being allowed to pass legislations due to a vociferous opposition, the growth of the county will suffer. This is what happened during the previous regime when several precious days of the Parliament were lost to a boisterous opposition.
H. An opposition should oppose only when it has something to oppose. Unnecessary criticism of that which is being opposed can make the opposition look foolish.
I. Even the ruling side must not consider opposition as an enemy just because it disagrees with their views. Sigmund Freud rightly said, "Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity." By engaging with the opposition regularly and effectively, the ruling side, too, can benefit and make life easy for itself.
An opposition which merely opposes for the sake of it loses the opportunity to participate constructively and becomes irrelevant.