Swaraj Abyan meeting in Kochi on 18/10/2015,was inaugurated by Adv Prashant Bhushan. He demanded the need for a different kind of politics as envisaged by IAC and founding principles of AAP which have been spoiled by Mr.Arvindh Kegeriwal and his coterie. Regarding the B.J.P government, he said they have to say goodbye to ‘Make in India’ sooner than later as they are implementing the ‘agenda of chaos and disorder’ in the country, He slammed the “Sangh Parivar for recent attacks on minorities, rationalist thinkers and writers in various parts of the country”. He said “the flow of FDI to the country would be hit badly if government fails to send a message to the world by acting against those who try to divide India on communal lines. Corruption ridden, chaotic, socio-political landscape will fume away sensible investors for sure. I can safely predict today that the FDI that will come next year will be less than what came in this country prior to Modi,” Adv. Bhushan lamented that India’s ‘unique diversity’ is under attack. Just like the biodiversity of environment it is well recognised by experts as an asset for sustainability and progress. To have diversity in views,language and culture among the population, espouse the philosophy of pluralism. We must be proud of this human diversity but there is systematic attempts to encourage tribal taboos and full fledged fascism is not far away. Accusing the government of treating black money which comes through tax haven as FDI, Adv. Bhushan said, “all shady money being invested in real estate and stock market in the country. This should not be counted as real FDI,” he said.Welcoming the recent Supreme Court verdict declaring NJAC Act “unconstitutional”, Bhushan alleged that the National Judicial Appointments Commission was a “clear effort” by the BJP-led government to control the judiciary by controlling the appointments of judges. “Government’s control over judges appointments would have certainly compromised the, independence of judiciary” he said. Noting that everything is not fine with the Collegium system of appointment, Bhushan also sought for the establishment of an “independent” commission to regulate judge’s appointment.
After keenly listening to his talk and observing the response of the audience I can’t refrain from pointing out that more enthusiastic response was expected to such an inspiring talk, especially from the ‘most literate’ state . Few expressed their views, suggesting cosmetic corrections to modify ‘failed experiments’. As if these set backs are due to some ignorance from the part of active politicians.
I was under the impression for long that ‘left is right’ (yes! it is true for driving on Indian roads as per Motor Vehicle Act,India ). The political terms ‘Left and Right’ were coined during the French Revolution (1789–1799), referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General: those who sat on the left generally opposed the monarchy (but it is the ‘right’ side of the people watching from opposite direction!). The redundant reduction-ism, of ‘Left and Right’-demarcation, ossified long past. You just turn back and look! left become right and mirror again do the same trick. ///*Neither Left nor Right but Straight is right.*/// neither objectivity nor inter-subjectivity supports this unreasonable demarcation. ‘Straight’ has the added advantage that you can turn left or right as per the nearest perceivable destination and availability of space, on road . If you turn continuously to left or right you reach back the starting point sooner than later so says simple geometry!. Again asymmetrically favouring one side with out specific reason and logic is negation of plurality and inclusiveness
There were discussions with different groups and individuals from different walks of life. Swaraj Abhiyan Kerala chapter is expected to be formed in due course,thanks to the disastrous experience and lessons learned!, earlier in Kerala ,Delhi and else where when the AAP was formed in a hurry with out much home work and scrutiny . Thanks to Prashanthji for creating a condition to reach the right decision at the right time. We need the right people,capable of spreading the message of Swaraj Abhiyan in my state to do the required ‘piece meal social engineering’ in the right direction ensuring enthusiastic participation and adequate representation from younger generation ,women and weaker sections of the society.
Collective phenomenon of self organized systems like human society ‘Delayed over reaction seems to be the rule‘ .Great Principles of Democracy by Pericles (Ref:’ Funeral Oration’)and Democritus, later ossified to anarchy and then, the Thirty Tyrants -trial and Magistricide of great Philosopher Socrates ,Platonic rhetoric and sophistry with ‘noble lies’, self appointed guardianship of Plato, advocating ‘Utopian Republic’, putting his thoughts as words from Socrates(Ref:O.S.1 – Karl Popper). Love,liberty and freedom of early Christianity raised much hope among the marginalised sections of humanity at that time, compelled Constantine ( 272 C.E – 337C.E),to espouse Christianity. Used their hopes and aspirations to install dynastic -divine right rule and we call this long period from third century to 15th century as ‘Dark ages ‘ in Europe. Early Buddhism similarly faded and cast-ism, ruled the roost in Indian sub continent. After running its course through the ‘ Dark ages’, ‘Age of reason’ enlightened the principles of liberté, égalité, fraternité. The ‘Age of Reason’ evolved in nearly three centuries, gradually succumbed to centralization and autocracy (Ref :Alexis de Tocqueville on French revolution );slipped to redundant reductionism; Laplaceian determinism and finally to Fascism and Totalitarianism. Philosophical basis of the same has provided by Hegel. New mutations of fascism in the name of faith and religion with nostalgic dreams of tribal past is in the making especially in middle east and in Indian subcontinent. Indian counter part of renaissance,offered a small interlude of hopes ,later paved the way to Congress misrule,politics of conspiracy and dishonesty. Corruptions got graduated from few hundred thousands of INR to Billions.
In the present context Swaraj Abyan represents the right principles, vigorously advocated by Great leaders like Mahathmaji, Bhagath Singh, Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (Ref: at least the proposed Lahore speech which never has taken place!) and Dr.Ram Manoher Lohia. Brutal majority with nominated sycophants with in AAP have voted out founding leaders together with founding principles and dislodged the ombudsman Admiral Ramdas. Those who are adopting diplomatic silence please note, you are the next! -you may be compelled to soften your stand for survival with in the party but paradigm of centralization always try to draw smaller and smaller circles!. Please be strong and adhere to the true values of humanism and openness . I am agreeing with the fact that some centralization is required during formation of the party or even during its infancy. Later there must be the strong systemic mechanism with written rule of law and practice to ensure founding principles.
Compromise is not a one time job it demands further chain of compromises-just like lie needs more lies to mask the truth and violence breeds more violence. History always provide good many parallels, even though it never repeats. It helps us to mould the present and shape the future provided we learn the right lessons, applying to the right context. Consider Indian political scenario in 1946 -India’s independence was only a matter of time. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was the president of Congress party at that time, natural choice as the first Prime Minister of independent India. Mahatmaji favoured Jawarlal Nehru, non of the Pradesh Congress Committees(PCC) supported him, only few Congress Working committee(CWC) members favoured him. The majority support was in favour of Sardar patel and then to Acharya J B Kripalani . Coronation of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru as India’s first Prime Minister was a compromise to democracy. Mahatmaji feared ;Nehru could cause problems and was well aware of his relationship with Mount Batten; It marked the declining phase of Indian renaissance. It should be noted that Jawaharlal Nehru while praising ‘Chanakya (Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta–350 – 275 BCE) as the Indian- Machiavelli and commented “..bigger person in every way ,greater intelligence; humble adviser to any ruler” (Ref:’Discovery of India ,Page 124 )Gradually great leaders Like Mahatma Ji, Vinoba bhave, Jayaprakash Narayanan ,Dr B.R Ambedkar and a long list of proud Indians distanced from the main stream of Congress politics. Mystery behind the cruel assassination of Mahatma Ji and tragic disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandrabose still remains, In 1958, Feroze khan Jehangir Ghandy, raised the ‘Haridas Mundhra’ scandal, involving the government controlled LIC, a huge embarrassment to Nehru’s government. Eventually T.T. Krishnamachari then Finance Minister resigned. Feroze khan was a democrat and proud Indian upholding high moral and ethical values, later his rift with his wife and her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is well known. Equally known is the story of his surname Gandhi. We have seen for few decades the misrule of so-called ‘Gandhi dynasty’ .
The J.P movement offering hopes again , gradually hijacked, with text book ingredients like national jingoism, religious fanaticism and tribal taboos nourishing fascist dreams. Again after a small interlude of U.P.A misrule ; Annaji’s ‘great initiative ,IAC , exponential growth of AAP and its fall to disgrace bringing back the real danger of autocracy and centralization!. Dirty tricks, lies ,attempts to fume out leaders of name and reputation like Adv Shanti Bhushan ,Adv Prashant Bhushan, Prof Yogendra Yadav, Prof Anand Kumar above all admiral Ramdas, the Internal lokpal. Prominent individuals like Medha Patkar, Aruna Roy, all naturally expressed their grace, dignity and sense of values. Patiala M.P, Dharamvira Gandhi, MLA Pankaj Pushkar, etc are upholding the spirit of the movement and dignity of Indian civility. More and more episodes are yet to be written .
Ashutosh in his usual sycophantic cacophony compared Mr.Arvind Kejriwal with Pundit Nehru. I am agreeing with him in spirit but Jawaharlal Nehru was more intelligent and shared some democratic pursuit with his European counterparts, mainly due the social thinking prevailed in Europe during his time. He would have behaved with grace after the victory in Delhi. Perhaps Chief Minister ship in Delhi (It is not much different from a municipality or corporation as per Indian constitution) even for a short term, may be the highest dream achievable to an average Indian politician well versed in dirty tricks and having Khap Panchayat as his ‘Utopia’. It is now worth quoting Ronald Reagan, implicitly admiring Machiavelli’s “dangerous” and “immoral” teachings; “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first”.
For them everything is right in love and war. Politic is just the war for power. This context is to be realistically analysed with commitment to a greater cause. Let me appreciate the matured decision to postpone formation a political party now . Social initiative is a prerequisite for political alternative. It is the lesson stressed by Dr.B.R Ambedkar (Lahore speech point.2). Respected Dabholkar, Kalburgi, Pansare all lost their life in similar circumstances – Dadri lynching and similar incidence are not just warning signals but show how Indian political landscape is fast changing. Just use our common sense even if these fascists succeed in killing all progressive elements, Christians and Muslims and all voice of descent, will it bring peace and prosperity to the rest? It would be the beginning of another intense war with ‘tribal taboos’, regional and linguistic divide, same is the case with ‘religious fanaticism’ acquiring propensity in middle east now. Every right thinking person should come forward actively before it is too late! Let us salute the great martyrs loved freedom and life.
Jay Hind .
Prof.Gopalakrishna Panicker – (kris)
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