The Congress Party is entitled to give jitters to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Mamata Banerji of the TMC can’t be faulted for spewing venom against Modi. Can the other woman politician, Mayawati, be stopped from talking against Modi? Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejaswvi Yadav, Chandrashekhar Rao, Stalin, D. Raja, Sitaram Yechuri or such other politicians can’t be expected to work for another term for Modi consciously, excepting by default.
That default can be exploited by the BJP leaders only if they grow to Modi’s height. That these leaders have so far failed to prove themselves worthy of the developmental leadership of Narendra Modi has given rise to absurd controversies exploited by the anti-BJP media, which hopes for the return of the good old days of the Congress Party or UPA rule, where everybody got his fair share of the loot.
How did such open loot of India take place for many years? India can boast of the world’s corrupt most democracy or Loot Democracy.
The loot started with the loot of the vote. Votes were earlier stamped by the Polling Officers under threat of punishment from politicians who had the muscle power, money power and above all political power.
It went unchallenged in the first general election and met with feeble protestations from some quarters later. India was only 5 years Independent when the first general election was called. That was a different time- elections both to the parliament as well as the state assemblies were held simultaneously. When the general election in 1957 was called it continued to remain somewhat similar with a few exceptions. The press, newspapers and radio, did not highlight major acts of corruption. The loot during this period was not blatant or naked- it was secretly done by the powerful, which included the journalists and newspaper owners.
It needs to be remembered that till then India was importing major essential goods like wheat and newsprint.
An economy of shortages and rationed supply induced corruption, which soon spread to the whole geography of India.
The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was aware of it but couldn’t do much to stem it or eradicate it, though it was a time of rule by a monolith of a Congress Party. Since then, the rise in corruption was proportionate to the fall of integrity in public life.
In 1975 when Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency on India, misled by the Gurus of corruption and pragmatism, India junked clean and honest public life.
It was the beginning of the Loot Democracy.
It forced coalition governments in India, at state level and centre. Today India is the Republic of the Looters, by the looters and for the looters.
The Indian Republic abolished 572 small and big feudal kingdoms after becoming a democratic & constitutional republic. In the 69th year of the Republic of India we have no less than 4007 small, but very big feudal kingdoms in the country, ruled by the new kings (Maharaja, Nawab, Nizam, Raja, Zamindar, Jagirdar etc.).
They have cropped up in the past 7 decades of the Republic.
The average Indian, who is addressed by various designations like the aam aadmi or the awaam or the annadaataa, has failed to understand the clever games of the politicians and parties in the name of democracy.
They have been casting their votes in the last 7 decades in the hope of getting better governance than what the 572 Kingdoms had given them or the British Government provided. What they find is that it is worse than the British rulers, Mughal rulers and the Maharaja/Raja/Nawab conglomerates. The Indian democracy is captive within the covers of the Constitution of India.
The only thing is that secret operations of the looters’ community are now in the open for everyone to see and which can no more be hidden by the newspaper, radio, television journalists, editors and owners. In one sentence- it is an unwritten form of law to grant complete independence to the members of the state assemblies to govern the geographical territory of their constituency as they wish with impunity. They are declared as Rulers of their constituency. That exactly is what they wanted, that exactly was the form of governance for almost 2000 years of British, Mughal and Hindu Rulers. They want all financial, administrative, police and judicial powers in the territory.
It means all appointments of government employees from the heads of administration down to the contract labour, their promotion, posting, transfer and disciplinary powers that are mandated to be exercised by designated authorities under the law (from the mother law i.e. the Constitution of India down to the local elected village body called Panchayat) came to be exercised with the prior approval or consent of the ruling party’s MLA (Member Legislative Assembly). The MLAs of the ruling party or alliance started holding Janata darbars (public court) where petitions were heard, complaints against officials attended and promises of relief made. The complainant presented the picture of the emaciated hungry beggar of a villager or labourer or government employee coming for help. Generally, it was from the ranks of the party workers, sympathisers or those non-aligned politically to any opposition party. The party workers could make money or extend influence on the common man by their own ingenuity in facilitating or helping the complainant successfully get an audience with the Honourable Member of the Legislative assembly. Most of the visitors wanted unlawful help like getting loan sanctioned from public or cooperative bank to non-eligible applicants, putting pressure on public servants not to pursue revenue or criminal matters against them, pressurize the police not to register a complaint in a rape or criminal case, pressurise the magistracy to grant bail to the accused in various kinds of criminal cases, making the jail authorities permit the dreaded criminal to go out or use phone or get food from outside, get a failed student declared passed and umpteen other cases. Everybody started feeling unsafe after governance came to be paralysed by the parallel governments like this.
The decades post 1980 have recorded successful attempts to repeat these feats at the centre too. The UPA government (2004-2014) was the most daunting attempt at replacing the government of India by an Unconstitutional Parallel Government under an outlandish nomenclature of NAC or National Advisory Council with the Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi as its chairperson. If Sanjaya Baru or journalists like him considered Dr. Manmohan Singh an Accidental Prime Minister, it was for the reason that Sonia became the unconstitutional Prime Minister of India and MMS was reduced to the status of a mere de-jure prime minister.
The BJP fought this crime masked as lawful by tricks of a notification, which should have been declared unconstitutional by the court as it struck at the very “basic structure of the constitution of India”, (Keshavanand Bharati case against the suspension of the Fundamental Rights under the constitution when Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency in 1975).
As the 21 months’ emergency had already drilled in the minds of everybody the fear of the political class, sagacity guided them to look the other way round if not applaud the ascension of Sonia Gandhi to the throne. Public servants were appointed only if they had removed their spines or buried their conscience.
The Congress Party has not been able to get back the same public trust as its national leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru enjoyed since 1975 though it ruled for 9 years (1980-89) on its own and as a coalition for 10 years (2004-2014).
The party is in coalition in Karnataka, where it has more MLAs than the alliance partner the JD(S) which has its MLA as the Chief Minister. This coalition makes the state Congress leaders uncomfortable and they keep shaking the coalition from time to time. So much so that the chief minister has expressed grief publicly several times and has cried and blamed the Congress for treating him and his party as third-rate citizens. The coalition is undergoing violent turbulence from the day the JD(S) demanded 10 seats in the ensuing parliament election from the Congress against its present strength of only 2 MPs in parliament. The party president Deve Gowda had become prime minister in similar political turmoil at the centre at that time and hopes to get another chance if Narendra Modi loses election in 2019. After all, he has snatched the post of Chief Minister of Karnataka from both the Congress and the BJP only last year and gave it to his son H.D. Kumaraswamy without being the largest party in the Karnataka Assembly. The chief minister has struck a “deal” with the disgruntled MLAs to stabilize the fragile coalition.
What are the details of this “deal”? Going by media reports and conjectures, it includes among others:
- Free hand in the appointments, promotion, posting and transfers of public servants in their constituency with their prior approval only;
- Have a final say in all other matters such as mining contracts;
- Ministerial berth in the near future;
- No change of portfolio of the ministers without consulting them;
- No action against them in order to harm them politically;
- Appointments on the corporations, boards and similar other government bodies to facilitate them to grow like other ministers;
- No vilification in the name of disproportionate assets;
- Other matters mutually agreed.
Such powers have meant licence to loot the people and the public exchequer and rule by un-lawful means. With such vast powers, the MLAs and their supporters have created terror among public and government servants who have come to fear them enormously. Some employees are wise from day one, others learn their lessons in due course. The power of the politician has seeped down to the smallest villages similar to the fear of the zamindar or the local feudal lord.
This is the real face of the Indian Democracy.
We are indeed very thankful to the former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda, whose son Kumarswamy is the incumbent Chief Minister of Karnataka, for exposing the compulsions of well-intentioned politicians in the company of corrupt politicians. Earlier it used to be said that politics has been “criminalised” in India, but now it is public knowledge that it has gone in to the hands of looters who cut deals and enter in to coalition of dealers to jointly and severally loot the national/state/private assets.
Is there any hope of a change for the better?
It can be answered in two ways: yes & no.
There is no guarantee that other political parties would give a clean and honest government at the state level. The people have voted out the chief ministers like Raman Singh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. It means they don’t want an honest government or that these two chief ministers were dishonest. None of the two; the people were beguiled with liberal help from the media, especially the English press and television industry.
But how can the people depend on others for their own decisions? If they have not yet understood the consequences of punishing honest people and rewarding the dishonest, they must pay the price.
But such a price will prove not only costly but fatal too if repeated in the forthcoming parliament elections.
Because, it was after 44 years that the country had chosen a strong government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has proved its credentials by providing a stable, strong, transparent, clean, scam free and people-oriented government for a full term and goes to the people for another term.
There are any number of analysts, predicting defeat of the incumbent BJP/NDA government and prime minister Narendra Modi.
One thing that the Indian voter must remember is that it will be no defeat of Narendra Modi the man if the party fails to secure a second term, but it will be a defeat of the people of India, the aam aadmi/awaam/common man, who shall be deprived of a fair and clean government for another 30 to 40 years and may even lose their independence.
Efforts are on for decades to remove both the Congress Party and the
BJP, both of whom are treated as cousins.
The search is for a third front which helps destroy all claimants to the legacy of India, called Hindustan (c/f Pakistan) and revive or establish
the past of the last 900 years. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for India, there still are 9 patriots for every traitor on their rolls. If Narendra Modi gets a second term, they lose forever a huge market like India for trading in poverty so that they are able to eradicate their own poverty and regain good old days of their colonial past. Indians are good servants, not good rulers. In doubt? Note the terms like “darbaris’ or courtiers in common use in the media and political circles. For some sanad or reward, they are prepared to break India into pieces by raising tukde tukde slogans. Charged with sedition, their supporters have started a campaign for scrapping the law governing sedition on the ground that it was promulgated during the colonial times to serve the interests of the British. Who had legislated the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Contract Act, Evidence Act and most laws still legal. They are earning billions by practising the same colonial laws in India since 1947. Moreover, the constitution is not a product of original Indian legislation. How many provisions of the Constitution of India are borrowed as it is from the Government of India Bill 1935? It is these voices that are running the campaign to defeat Narendra Modi- rather the people of India, who are like Narendra Modi the ordinary man on the streets selling something as ordinary as tea.
If these conspirators succeed in defeating Narendra Modi, the winners will loot the people of India more brutally, frightening them in to servitude. Slavery is a situation where you suffer atrocities on a 24×7 basis without any remedy. In the looters’ democracy of India, remedies come for a price. That price is slavery.