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From Co-operative Federalism to Confrontational Federalism

It has become the habit of politicians in India to make derogatory statements against the high dignitaries like the Prime Minister or other constitutional authorities. The usual behavior of many people on the roads is to react angrily to anyone who objects to indecency or unlawful activity causing nuisance to the general public. They demand to know what can be done to them if they refuse to do as desired. They don’t fear anybody, until punished by the law enforcing authorities. Many people in public service do display same conduct. They are confrontationist and disobey any lawful orders. Until discipline is enforced on such individuals, they refuse to learn. But when this mental condition extends to elected representatives of the people in a democracy, they pose danger to rule of law. A Chief Minister cannot be punished or disciplined the way a public servant can be. At times, a brute majority in a small state can lead to arrogance of a kind that can be cured by severe action. There is no need to show decency when the other side is determined to create chaos and anarchy. In politics and public service, strong action becomes imminent in the interest of the people and the rule of law. Everything cannot be left to the courts to decide. What the appropriate authority has to do, must be so done by that authority. In the absence of such timely action, the very survival of democracy is endangered. At state level, may be, jungle raj could be suffered, but it can’t be at the national level. The Constitution of India has made sufficient provision to deal with such situations. There may be situations when the central government may have to intervene on its own if the situation so demands e.g. financial mismanagement. The constitution has provided for co-operative federalism and not confrontationist federalism. If it is not clear to the confrontationists, it needs to be driven into their swollen heads.

The decimation of the Congress Party should not be taken as a source of strength for ever. The poor leadership of the Congress should not be interpreted as the strength of the ruling dispensation. It takes little time in politics for equations to change. It is not as if the Congress has no potential leadership or talent. The party need not be treated as contemptuously by the NDA government as by the AAP government in Delhi. The threats to the very survival of India and its freedom are too many. Inimical forces are at work in a systematic manner and to a design. As against their preparations and calibrated attacks, the ruling dispensation cadres are apt to frequently make silly statements without even realizing their implications. They are not aware of the chasms and divisions created for ever in the society in the name of social engineering. The statement of faith of the people, the constitution of India, has been upended. Arbitrariness comes to prevail in the most brazen style after the elections. Movements in the name of anti-corruption soon invent and take to more inveigling methods of corruption. Party cadres are rewarded in the worst unlawful manner by creating offices of profit and yet such offices are kept outside the disqualifying law on offices of profit. Public money is squandered most carelessly and extortion for the party and the party-men is initiated. Misuse of power knows no limits. In such circumstances, strength flows only from transparent policies, highest standards of personal integrity in public service and commitment to public service. Others weaknesses are never the strength of the top grade leaders; it is their superiority of intellect and integrity that is their true strength.

As far as is generally known, there is no authentic history of 1000 years of subjugation of India. How we lost our freedom? Was it the Great Emperor Ashoka, who took to Buddhism abdicating the throne, who initiated the process? Did India lose its freedom because of resorting to non-violence, peace and prosperity? Was it dominance of religion over statecraft? Are we showing the same symptoms again? The forces responsible for Muslim invasion of India? The reasons for degeneration of the Muslim rule and success of European powers in India, especially the British? Could India have become free from the Muslim rule if the British had not finished it? To what extent the British contributed to the freedom from the Muslim Rule in India? Are our pseudo secularists trying to resurrect Muslim rule in India? What was the purpose of returning 500 acres of land to the Raja of Mehmoodabad? Has the institution of Nawabs been eliminated after the abolition of the privy purses and titles of the Maharajas? Or is it being nurtured in secrecy from the public and the parliament? Is there any official recognition or privilege accorded to the Nawabs? Will these secularists allow the Hindus and Muslims to get united and integrated in fraternity and harmony or will they invest heavily in widening the communal divide in the name of Iftar party at the cost of the public exchequer? Does India not stand benefited by the British rule as never before? Could we have written a constitution for ourselves, given ourselves an organization called government or established the rule of law? Could we have modernized our society on our own? Don’t the allegations of jungle raj in some states justify the view that we could not have done so on our own? Is it necessary to live in the past ignoring the present? India might have been a Viswa Guru, if at all it ever was, but today we are nowhere in comparison to the developed nations who have made tremendous progress in all segments of knowledge. Is it not the time for us to catch up with the world? We have a treasure trove of both hard and soft power. Even though the sun never set over the British Empire until the empire was lost, but the other British Empire has only extended its borders through the soft power of the English language. What is the use of blaming the British (Angrez) or their culture or language when we are counted among the bigger nations due to all the seminal work done by them? It is time to forge genuinely strong relations with all the developed countries for the sake of a strong modern superpower India. Without wasting a moment, we should assimilate modernity in its entirety. We can enrich it by supplementing it with our ancient glories.

For this to take place, co-operation is the only mantra. The first word in the preamble of the constitution is “we” and it embraces all communities, castes, religions, regions, languages, genders of our citizenry. The politics of division must be buried deep by the people. Politicians should not be allowed to cash them. The country has to devote itself to nation building. We have to guard our freedom with all our might. Under no circumstances the nation should come to lose its freedom. The forces of disintegration of the country need to be sternly dealt with.

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