Swaraj Abyan meeting in Kochi on 18/10/2015 and ‘A brief outline of history ‘

Sakochinmeeting3nsakochinmeeting5                     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.

                Swaraj Abhiyan from the very beginning  highlighted the right demand in harmony with the principles of Swaraj, Democracy, Secularism, pluralism and sustainability. Identified the common denominator of existing  political system as the ‘ High command culture’ and ‘nomination syndrome’, nexus between crony capitalism,major political leadership and other echelons of power. Thousands of volunteers raise these historically relevant demands  to make India proud, but History has shown the opposite trends in different epochs as well! as set backs are not uncommon but after every progress in civilization there were  set backs  – as H.G  Wells laments in his magnum opus   ‘The Outline of History  “The last twenty-three centuries of history are like the efforts of some impulsive, hasty immortal to think clearly and live rightly. Blunder follows blunder; promising beginnings end in grotesque disappointments; streams of living water are poisoned by the cup that conveys them to the thirsty lips of mankind. But the hope of men rises again at last after every disaster. . . .” only way to understand this curious fact is that “our civilization is still in its infancy” as Karl popper states in his introduction to the ‘open society and its enemies’  .

               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)

Read more in my  blog !1. The New Indian Renaissance   2 Basic structure -doctrine of our Constitution and previous posts and express your views and criticise  me as strongly as possible.–Gopalakrishna

(Kris)   krishgindia@gmail.com

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