India: The Power of Politics to the Power of Love

April 26, 2019 India , Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , POLITICS

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Ananya S Guha

 

 

The narrative surrounding the Indian polity is becoming murkier. It is undoubtedly election and vote driven. The point however is that it has reached a new nadir. Never before has a body politic been so coarse and vulgar in its accusations and counter accusations. But accusation is one thing and calling names is another. Personal attacks tarnish not only the person at the receiving end but the body politic and the image of a country. True the elections are on. True the ruling party is desperate to come back again to power. True also that the opposition parties are looking at terms of victory at the regional level. So while alliances are piecemeal each political party says what it wants to including maligning women and ‘warning’ minorities. Again majoritarian issues such as Hindu fundamentalism are kept as a trump card to brainwash them into a belief that this country is meant only for the majority. The apex court dithers between pandering to the likes of authorities and passing strictures although it is attempting to desperately maintain an objectivity required to uphold the citadel of law. Inbetween the code of conduct for the elections is seemingly violated and a vapid Election Commission responds somewhat late. But, better late than never.

 

The point is that there must be an overall code of conduct for behavioural ethics of politicians. This should be both prior to and after the elections. The people are of course watching and the Indian electorate is always known as moody and unpredictable. The element of surprise cannot be ruled out when it comes to their whims and fancies!

 

Debates on what is nationalism and secularism have hit the ground as never before. We are in a historical dither. The past politics and alleged history is purported to be thrown out. Make a clean beginning. But how do we clear the debris?

 

And the debris is not only related to seventy years of misrule as some claim, but is also deep seated in sectarian and religious divisions. Secularism is sought to be redefined. Some even feel that the Constitution may be rewritten. But we are certainly rewriting history.

 

The common man and the toiling labourer are under frontal attacks because they are forgotten yet they are desperately needed for votes. What will they do in such a situation, who will they vote for?

 

In such a situation only a people’s movement transcending politics is the solution, the voice and conscience of a nation irrespective of caste, class and education. History has become an inversion, it is the geography of a mindset that we must change locating inner qualities of dispassion, probity and rectitude. The politicians are failing us. We cannot fail ourselves.

 

A people’s movement will involve the masses, the educated and the supposedly illiterate. Why are the likes of Anna Hazare keeping quiet now since they were the ones who initially orchestrated such a movement?

 

Narratives do go through processes of conflict. Indian society is today going through such a painful process, where the past and even a historical edifice is under severe question. If we have to rewrite history it is not only discarding it but using a mode of enquiry which is truthful and dispassionate. Compassion and dispassion are lesser archetypes today. The archetypal voice is one of malfeasance and hatred. Corruption is not only financial, it is the mind and the spirit which are corrupted.

 

To change the narrative is to rework history. To rework history is to voice a silent protest. And for this, elections or no elections the vote should always be for the poor and the oppressed, accessibility towards health and education. Politicisation of everything including the plight of farmers is the bane of Indian society. Can’t we look towards a goal beyond abject politics and the dystopia utopia dialectic? Then only will be able to look at ground realities and the plight of the weak and the scoured.

 

After the elections are over some will come to power. What about the powerless, the millions whose daily bread are at stake, who have no roofs above their heads, whose homes are the promontories of open roads? How do we transform political power into the power of love and compassion and make the two compatible, something which Plato spoke of?

 

However the pressing points today are not so much the outcome of elections, but divisions, the polemic of secularism, the idea of nationalism, a basic jingoism trying to take people off from basic issues of development and comfortable living or even sustainability. Crores can be built for a statue but not for homes. Rebuilding homes and a nation are the immediate requirements. Both may be seen symbolically or metaphorically but now we need to move the logic of symbols- people’s movement and a transformed politics of love.

 

 

 

 

Ananya S Guha

Ananya S Guha was born and brought up in Shillong, North East India. He has seven collections of poetry and his poems have been published worldwide. They have also been featured in several anthologies. He is also a columnist, critic and editor. He now is a Regional Director at the Indira Gandhi National Open University and holds a doctoral degree on the novels of William Golding.

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  1. samir sardana June 13, at 17:45

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It is a classic case study,of doom But the Indians,still have NO CLUE.There is no Cure.The Indian Fools do not get it.The Doctors are just suppressing the symptoms (or trying to – on guess timates),in the hope that the immune system,will recover (as COVID hits the immune system – aka HIV link). Hence,the virus might still exist – and migrate to te lower tracts,or JUST RE-ENTER LATER – as there is no CURE AND NO VACCINE – to PREVENT A REINFECTION (unlike smallpox,chickenpox etc.) There is NO HOPE of a vaccine and EVEN IF IT COMES – the immunity potion and methodology, WILL NOT LAST – for sure.There has never been a Vaccine for a respiratory INFECTION or for an infection – which destroys immunity (aka-HIV).And so,there will EITHER be no COVID vaccine,or it will fail. Indians are a reservoir of diseases – a race of weasels and supines – as a consequence,of those viruses – which were not fatal.This is what led to their mental and physical slavery,for 2500 years. This virus is for their TERMINAL TERMINATION. I look at the wonders of nature.For 2500 years,the viruses destroyed the DNA and potency of Indians,South Asians and East Asians – and led to their slavery,to races from Colder regions,of the world – and now,this virus will terminate the South and South East Asians (by disease, hunger,civil war and anarchy). Cold temperatures are ideal for the Human DNA,Human Brain and Human Sexual and Physical Health.In history,the races from the Colder regions have ruled the world – always – w/o exception. Even within nations,you can easily sense the difference – say,between North and South Chima,North East Asia (DPRK/Nippon/ Korea/ Taiwan) and South East Asia.Even on matters of intellectus and theosophy or or spiritualism – North East Asia adopted Mahayana Buddhism (and see where they are) and South East Asia and South Asia,adopted Hinayana Buddhism and Hinduism (and they are in a rut) Look at the Islam of the Indonesians ! Is that Islam ? It is bogus ! Same for the Christians of East and South Asia ! In essence,Indians and South/East Asians,are a race with poor DNA/genes – and a burden on the earth,and its resources (besides Thai hookers and Thai cooks). They were slaves in the past 2500 years, and will now,always be pawns – manipulated by the USA,PRC, Russia etc.The time has come to end the misery,of the Indian destitutes – mangled by the Indian State and the Indian Elite. Take the example of North and South America.However, South America is still a paradise compared to South East Asia.It is all about being,on the right side of the Equator. Indians are ALREADY treating the DEAD BODIES,as worse than Garbage ! https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/coronavirus-body-of-up-man-who-died-on-road-taken-in-garbage-van-over-virus-fears-2244553?pfrom=home-topstories In 20 days from today,the health infrastructure,in India, will collapse,and people will be dying,on the roads. People will refuse to bury the dead – and will drag, decomposed dead bodies,:on the streets https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2020/06/12/video-of-decomposed-bodies-being-dragged-in-kolkata-triggers-horror.html This ain’t “Nature at work” – because the virus is a “Thinker”. It kills NOT by disease ALONE.It combines with it chaos, riots,anarchy,civil war,hunger,starvation, economic disaster …. And it does not end there.Each of these,leads to more “incidental viruses and plagues”- due to a breakdown of the government machinery, sanitation, sewage,industrial wastes and the health infrastructure. Dovetailed with that,is the virus attacks on agriculture as the implements, complements and supplements in the agri-supply chain will disappear,and the crop infections – will increase in a geometric progression. A Great White Shark,with White skin and pink lips, who smoked a cigar uttered the following gospel – as his revelation,to the world – which the world seems to have ignored,or pretends to ignore : Allow me to present H.E.His Holiness,His Magnificience, His Opulent OmniPotence – Mr Winston Churchill https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/not-his-finest-hour-the-dark-side-of-winston-churchill-2118317.html “I hate Indians”. “They are a beastly people with a beastly religion,” he had said.

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