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A Shrewd Trap to Boost Sectarian Polity

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By Dr. V.K. Tripathi

ne cannot deny that there have been good prime ministers and presidents in India and the world. Nehru, for instance, is remembered to have given roots to functional democracy, science and technology, nonalignment movement and so on. His magnetic personality is given credit for it. However, much less magnetic Narsimha Rao could dramatically change the track of economy, from mixed economy to free market economy. The point is that mighty changes in economy or policy are not laid by an individual. Economic forces shape them; legacy of grassroots movements shapes them. Nehru's policies were laid by the national movement for freedom. The policy of mixed economy had an added influence of economic forces. The momentous changes presided over by Narsimha Rao were led by the thrust of economic forces. Domestic and global capital, besides the crisis of payment and internet, enforced it to operate freely. All political parties, from left to right, eventually followed the same. Higher education is closely linked to economy hence there is a global pattern for it also. For the elitist good governance implies facilitator of free market economy. There are areas of internal security, social justice, health, welfare, foreign policy, environment and others that, besides being dictated by the system, give some leverage for action by political formations. These actions depend on the sup12

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port base and ideology of that formation. BJP and RSS for instance have their support base among the middle classes, traders and corporate sector and feed on sectarian plank. They project terrorism as a major issue while suppress efforts to address much bigger devastation caused by communal violence. Congress has its support base among all sections, thanks to remnants of legacy of freedom movement. For them pro-people stance and secularism (despite the blot of 1984) are vital for survival. Other political parties similarly

have their support bases and policies. Thus prime minister is mainly a figure who keeps the ruling combine together and pursues policies of its constituents. The free market economy in last two decades has created a much widened and assertive middle class and gave it enormous power by way of internet and electronic media. Ideologically and politically they are close to BJP who have projected Nartendra Modi as

their prime ministerial candidate. Media and middle classes are making out as if he can deliver. But what is he? Merely a facade of RSS-BJP! He has always followed policies of these organizations. He never disowned the perpetrators of 2002 carnage (even if one leaves himself innocent until proven guilty by the court of law), rather continues to give them patronage. He did not even allow the implementation of Center's Minority Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for 5 years in his state. RSS has the largest network in the country with sizeable influence over various centers of power, ranging from religious shrines to educational institutions and administration. With their ascendance to power at the center, they would become more assertive and ruthless. They are building a trap by putting pressure on Congress to name their prime ministerial candidate for 2014 elections so that by default their leader may be projected as more popular and strong. They are projecting Rahul Gandhi as the undeclared Congress nominee and ridiculing his inexperience to show by contrast Modi the most capable leader. Even if Rahul Gandhi comes to power, he would merely be an unifying figure for the constituent political formations. Similarly if Modi comes to power RSS, VHP, BJP will prevail. It would be a grave mistake if one follows the facade and ignores the soul.

Dr. V.K. Tripathi, Professor @ IIT Delhi, writes from Maryland, USA, where he is on a Sadbhanvna Yatra

Bakhabar, January 2014  

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