A Silent Coup Against Indian Constitution
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *
In the system, we elect our members of Parliament and they elect a prime minister.
it is for the first time in our history that 'someone' has already 'declared' himself as
the prime minister of the country.
India is passing through one of the most crucial phases of its political life. As the exercise of the 'democracy' begins the future of the country would also be locked and will be opened on May 16th only.
It is important to understand the dangers of what has happened so far. The results will be out in a month but it is for the first time in our history that 'someone' has already 'declared' himself as the prime minister of the country. Things are not simple. Today, the 'man' is already declared as the 'most powerful' person of the country and every other questioning him has been made as person against 'development' and pseudo secular. It is not easy for a person who is main accuse for instigating violence against Muslims in Gujarat and kept conspicuously silent when people were crying for help such as fellow politician Ehsaan Jafari who was burnt to death by the barbaric anarchists mob which was allowed to do things at their whims by the state administration and who was admonished by his own prime minister, to be 'anointed' as a 'national icon'. Witness the systematic campaign, rumors, fudging of data and then controlling the entire communication through a fictitious army of 'devotees' on social media and enforce 'curfew' in the news rooms which is worse than what Doordarshan and Aakashwani did in 1975. Today the role being played by embedded media is perhaps much disturbing and scornful to opponents and dissenting view point. If one has to see the replica of dirty tricks that Sanjay Gandhi played during emergency, these elections and the campaign management by the likes of Amit Shah are the best example.
We know media is Modified and at the moment not ready to listen to anything which can suggest that India had lot of achievements during the past 60 years. It seems that India got freedom by the freedom fighters owning their allegiance to Hindutva and after that everything
that the Gandhi family did was simply to destroy India. In critiquing Sonia, Rahul and Indira, they have also made mockery of Nehru without any respect to either history or his contribution which political opponents are supposed to do even if they disagree. That started last year on October 31st in Ahemdabad when chief minister of state make political speech to denigrate the first prime minister of India just to score a political point about Sardar Patel.
Yes, Congress is guilty of one hundred things. It demolished democratic values such as happened in 1975. Congress promoted cronyism. It promoted 'chamchagiri'. It converted governors to agent of the congress party. It denigrated autonomous institutions like National Human Rights Commission, National Women's Commission and other such autonomous bodies by picking up absolutely political chamchas to head those bodies which have responsibilities to provide justice to the people. It was the party that imposed Emergency in 1975 and anti-Sikh violence in 1984 in the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi are some of the darkest chapters of Congress Party's life which are hard to erase as there is no remorse in 'real' sense.
There were communal riots in the country and the government really did not take actions strongly. Meerut, Maliana, Bhagalpur, Nellie, Bombay, Malegaon and many more disturbances saw communalization of administration and police force. Today, there are talks of failures of
dealing with these riots but it is also need to understand as who are the forces which speak language of hatred and retribution, who communalise the administration and used such symbols in public life and political speeches which unambiguously put the minorities make feel as 'secondary' citizens of the country?
There is no doubt that Congress has been a party of the brahmanical elite whose main interest was to maintain status quo through 'liberal democratic' face. But definitely you cannot blame Nehru for this. At least Congress remained much more democratic during his regime and
despite all his weaknesses Nehru never ever courted the religious thugs, Gurus and communal forces. The down-fall of Congress began in the post 1980s with return of Indira Gandhi who created a Bhindarwalen and then appeased Hindus in Punjab. The same things happened in Jammu and Kashmir where Indira Gandhi sought votes for the protection of Hindus. Sanjay Gandhi was known to flirt with religious fundamentalists. Rajiv followed Indira's legacy and actually did the same tricks though he was definitely much bold and wiser in many senses. He signed Punjab and Assam accord even at the cost of his own party government but his own cousin Arun Nehru was flirting with Hindu Gurus and Babas and got opened the locks of disputed 'structure' in Ayodhya. Later, Rajiv started with Ramrajya and lost the elections.
The biggest damage done to Congress was by P.V. Narsimharao who was basically influenced with the Sangh philosophy and had a number of friends. Rao believed in Vajpayee more than to his Congress colleagues. The demolition of Babari Masjid in December 1992 was a well-planned strategy of Sangh Parivar and definitely Narsimha Rao had knowledge about it. There is nothing new of these 'expose' now as two veteran journalists late Nikhil Chakrawarty and Prabhash Joshi were known to some of these deliberations between various groups. It was only after that 'break' of promise that Prabhash Joshi started writing to Hindutva goons as 'terrorists' otherwise he was always considered to be an insider.
Narsimha Rao depended on notorious babas like Chandraswamy and others who were actually 'secular' mascot of Hindutva. There were other 'Shankaracharyas' too who might condemn BJP for political reasons but never really were different from them. All this only helped the
Hindutvaisation of Congress Party.
The last ten years of Manmohan Singh regime were different. Congress, for the first time, accepted that coalition era has arrived in India and had to provide political space to maneuver for smaller political parties. UPA-I started with great promises and government listened to civil society voices too. There was no hope for the government's return to power but it returned. UPA two started in the 'whims' that there is no opposition to it now. It started with vigorous
'corportisation' by Man Mohan Singh and his close associates like P.Chidambaram and Montek Singh Ahaluwalia. The unrest caused in the states like Chhattishgarh, West Bengal and elsewhere added with growing corruption in fixing up the amount of coal block build up the
perception. The UPA did not take things seriously and played game. The anti corruption plank was hijacked by the same forces who are actually the counterparts of Manmohan Singh and his team in the Hindutva organization.
The government never came out openly against Hindu fundamentalists. It played tricks and today we are in a condition where the government is ready to go out but people are really terrified and disturbed when the option and opportunities for a possible new regime are provided to us.
We have no problem if those claiming to be 'new' and 'alternative' provide alternative to Chidambaram, Montek, Manmohan economics or give us an inclusive government in which Muslims, Dalits and Aadivasis feel safe and secure. The problem is that the new entrants are more 'nationalistic' and jingoistic in their approach whose different gangs and 'senas' will be ready to beat up the people for their dissent like the goons of Sanjay Gandhi during emergency.
Hence India faces the biggest challenge to its very idea and concept.
The secular socialist democratic republic is under the threat from those whose heart lies in big corporations of America and Europe and who want to sale the public land and resources to those looters with in India or outside it for a throw away price in the name of 'growth'.
That is not alone; the very premise of our nationhood is now under 'arrest' by those who have no history of fighting the country and those who are actually replicas of Talibans and separatists Muslim League which sought Pakistan with an idea that Hindus and Muslims cannot live together despite the known history of people in India living together despite all kind of differences and fight.
Frankly speaking these forces are not fighting to eliminate a secular congress but to replace a brahmanical government which has become totally discredited. So, it is nothing but an attempt to retain the hegemony of miniscule minority which has been marginalized politically though their control over politics, bureaucracy, media and our national life remain uninterrupted. The fight of the Sangh parivar is against a congress which would be lead by Gandhi family and which is attempting to return to its secular socialist roots.
Congress lost the plot because its brahmanical government wanted to appease all by doing nothing. It played tricks rather than taking strong action on issues like corruption and then wrongful arrests of Muslim youths. It failed to bring the issues of minorities, Dalits and
OBCs to the fore and fight for them with ideological clarity. The whole issue of food security, and natural resources was dealt with more symbolism and less in seriousness which resulted in move backfiring.
We also know there was a communication gap between the government and the party. The party was moving towards a different direction while the Ministers in the government were in different. Leaders like Kapil Sibol, Chidambaram, Moily, Pawan Bansal, Ashwini Kumar, Rajiv Shukla, Shree Prakash Jaiswal,Rita Bahuguna and Shinde would take congress nowhere as there is not much perceptional difference between their thought and Hindutva and we can always find them in the other camp if things do not materialize here. The perception that Congress is corrupt went beyond the roof top. Now, this perception would not have worked easily if the Congress had done something good for Muslims, OBCs, Dalits and Aadivasis except for some constitutional provisions in technical sense. The dole out packages would not really work as people want participation in power. MNREGA and Mid Day meal would not
work if they remain symbolic when the school education is privatized and people are still not able to get work more than 40 days a year.
Yet, a secular congress remained the best bet for India despite all these hick ups. I have no issue even if a so called third front come with a clear commitment to secular socialist republican ideals of the country. We have no issue whether Mayawati become Prime Minister or any other Dalit Bahujan leader or our friends from the left as India need to be governed by political class, those who worked for the people and not paratroopers who have been let loose on people from the above. We believe the people of India and have faith in them yet we have to understand now the enormity of this elections and why the saffron forces must be defeated at all cost who have unashamedly connived with corporate media and administration at one hand while hoodwinking people in the name of social engineering in the villages.
To be Concluded...