Thursday, 3 March 2016

When Will Acchhe Din Come To India?

I.N.D.I.A, world’s largest democracy has time and again come into the limelight. This time, it was first due to Rohith Vemula’s death followed by the JNU row. Whenever, such incidents happen, opposition parties, media and public invoke Constitution. Arguments like, “There is NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH in world’s largest democracy”, “Our Fundamental Rights are being infringed upon by certain groups”, “We are apprehensive about fundamental rights and democratic principles being threatened in this country”, et al. can be heard all over whenever something happens in this country post the 2014 General Elections.

True, the Indian Constitution has given 6 Fundamental Rights in which Freedom of Speech and Expression is a constituent, but this freedom is not absolute and comes with reasonable restrictions. However, the irony is that people tend to forget that fundamental rights are also followed by fundamental duties which clearly states that –

“It shall be the duty of every citizen of India – to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the National Flag and the National Anthem.”

In all earnestness, I wish to say that though people do not forget to claim their rights, but they easily overlook to perform their duties in consonance with the same Constitution they invoke. To my dismay, they are not completely at fault because a democracy runs on four main pillars (which we will talk about a little later) that play a vital role in framing the opinion of a common man like you and me.

The post-Independence India was governed largely by a single family who needs NO INTRODUCTION! Ruling for over three-fourth of this time-frame, they certainly regard themselves as the KING of this nation who has a divine right to rule us forever. The adage, “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” by the famous English writer John Dalberg-Acton is in sync in this context. For an entire decade, India saw despondency, corruption, red-tapism, policy paralysis, and what not. All this was not something new that India had to see because aam junta has suffered dejection the way previous government functioned.

Come May 2014 and the results of the General Elections were in favor of pro-growth and development. “Acche Din Aane Wale Hain” was the clarion call of the current government and the supreme leader is leaving no stone unturned to make India into a Power that everybody reckons with. He showed India and the world that a prosperous future is just a step away if their government came to power. Each time when he addressed his campaigns, he invoked the young demographic strength of India, which will become a powerhouse in years to come. Although the current government is in the majority in Lok Sabha, but owing to the lack of numbers in Rajya Sabha, it becomes helpless for passing any law. The opposition’s main task is to oppose without having a concrete debate (as we can see in the present session). But, to fulfill his agenda of Acche Din, he needs to have constant support from the four pillars of Democracy only then will he be able to function and live up to the expectations of aam aadmi.

Source: ScoopWhoop

So, What Are These Pillars of Democracy?
When Monarchy existed, King used to be the centerpiece of all activities. So, each constituent was embedded in him. But, as democracy evolved, the constituents separated only to form three separate elements viz.

1.       Legislature: It consists of the two houses – Lok Sabha (House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States).

2.       Executive: It comprises the President, Vice-President and Council of Ministers including Cabinet Minister(s), Minister(s) of State and Deputy Minister.

3.       Judiciary: It has Supreme Court at the apex with other state and district-level courts.
Of lately, another pillar has been added to this list, i.e., MEDIA because it is regarded as a group that can help protect freedom of speech and expression (Seriously?).

The Congress has ruled this nation for more than six decades, and in that course of time, they have successfully managed to take these pillars under their control. It was the year 1979 when the era of corrupt politics began and India saw a stupendous rise in the number of politicians having a criminal background. (PS: Respected Prime Minister’s own son was one of the hooligans, but everyone kept mum). The political landscape changed dramatically post the Emergency era and that ‘one family’ spread its tentacles deep into the society at the lowest level by –

Putting Judiciary Under Direct Control of the Government: When the Emergency came to an end, loyalists were appointed to the judicial posts which sometimes even meant flouting the seniority rule. But, no one could ever dare to release a verdict against the family or question its functioning.

The Executive Had To Come To Terms With the Government Irrespective of How Wrong They Were: After appointing puppets in the judicial ranks, it was the turn of politicians. Those who held the reins of the government, manipulated agencies like Intelligence, police, and CBI to conceal dark secrets of corrupt and criminal politicians and use them when the time was ‘ripe.' That’s how they took the second pillar of democracy under their control.

How They Superseded Third Pillar of Democracy: As soon as this self-proclaimed ‘royal’ family took over politicians and judiciary, their next target was to meddle in the affairs of the ministries. Laws were flouted, corruption became rampant and they established their stronghold at the lowest level. As long as the government servants protect the KING, they too are safe and do whatever they wished in that kingdom.

Helping Media Barons Grow So They Become Their Trumpet: The agenda behind maximizing media industry’s revenue was to make them their loyalists. Today, everything is now surrounded around TRPs and corporatization is that major factor that presents manipulated news and supports a party’s ideology. News channels and media groups are controlled by big business groups and politicians. Bad News sells more prominently, so they insist on creating ‘false’ BREAKING NEWS, which doesn’t show both faces of the coin. Media houses today is simply a promotion house who pays allegiance to one party or the other. One of the biggest scams that unfolded in the recent times was that of awarding spectrum and licenses to friends and family for starting media channels. Finally, the fourth pillar of democracy was successfully put under control and ‘presstitutes’ were born.
That’s not all! The misrule did not stop there; in fact, they went to the extent of influencing other areas as well. These are listed below –

When ‘Intelligentsia’ Converted to “Sickular”: Each time, whenever someone comments negatively about the current government, he would refer to the year 2002, forgetting that graver incidents have taken place in the past. To name a few, let me remind you the year 1975 (Emergency), 1984 (Sikh genocide in Delhi), 1989 (Bhagalpur riots), 1990 (Lives were made miserable for Kashmiri Pundits). These years have seen genocide in their respective regions, but no one dares to recall these incidents. Also, by conferring awards on them, giving scholarships and project grants, they keep this stratum in their pockets. And that’s how ‘sickulars’ were born. One of the most recent incidents that portray this is the returning of the Sahitya Akademi Awards by ‘eminent’ writers to protest the ‘increasing intolerance’ in the society.

God Damn! They Didn’t Even Spare Books! Schools are referred to as “Temple of Learning”, but this temple is full of trash. We already know how distorted our history textbooks are and the same governance reason applies here as well. This time, it went gross when they compared Rahul Gandhi with the likes of M.K. Gandhi and Nehru. Seriously? The class V textbook contains a full paragraph about this ‘energetic’ and ‘charismatic’ leader and the text reads, “The low profile Rahul surprised the nation with his energy, humility and charisma when he plunged into electoral politics. Skeptics wondered whether this young man, who had spent most of his life in the US and Britain would be able to adjust to rough-and-tumble of Indian political life. But not only did the “young Rahul take to politics like proverbial duck to water”, he also exhibited “impressive confidence and maturity. Today, he is very much part of the Congress party's new crop of bright young politicians.”

They have not even spared young minds. What will these little innocent and future of the nation learn when they read such texts.

Even universities have staffed professors that empathize with Maoists or get support as grants from enemy governments. They raise anti-national slogans and create ruckus all around. The recent examples can be seen in Jadavpur University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Hyderabad.

When They Started Meddling in Industrial Affairs or Business Oligarchy: Way back, the erstwhile government eradicated the license raj only to fuel their own money vending machines. Instead of asking for bribes individually from each business person, they groomed a selected few through subsidies, tax concessions, easy loans (which later turn into NPAs) to support in their electoral campaigns and other funding requirements. These industrialists rig prices of pulses and vegetables, weaken Indian economy (Vijay Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines) and easily get away with incidents like genocide (Bhopal Gas Tragedy).

The Role Played By NON-Governmental Organizations: We can easily conclude the role played by NGOs if we carefully observe the events that took place in the recent past. The majority of NGOs are funded by the enemy governments to destabilize the political parties. Their main task is to stall the natural and smooth functioning of the government. They create fear psychosis and try to destabilize the law and order situation with these groups. To name a few, protest against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was totally unwarranted. The Missile Man of India himself testified its safety. But, there were protests by NGOs funded by the US as it was a Russia-funded project.

The government is trying to take all necessary actions to serve its citizens better. Ambitious projects like Make In India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill Development Mission, Smart Cities Mission, Start Up India, etc. can be fulfilled only when he is allowed to function. The opposition parties’ agenda today is to tarnish the current government by branding it as ‘saffron force’, ‘Hindutva Party’ et al.

After all, what does democracy mean? When you have given the mandate, let them function peacefully for five years, if you are not satisfied with their work, you have the power to remove them from the seat of power. But, first let them prove themselves in the given time-frame. You can’t have your own cake and eat it too.

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