Post Mortem

In the name of democracy

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/3/2020 1:36:44 PM IST

 ((From previous issue...)

Democracy in India is slowly and gradually taking its shape as ‘THEOCRACY’. The Nexus between Politics and Religion becoming more and more visible with the coming of Hindu Nationalist group in Indian Politics. Granting of citizenship status to an alien is also not free from religious political bias; the CAA of 2019 is a sturdy and mighty example of religious politics.  “Educate, agitate and organize” was the final words of advice to the younger generation and students by Dr B R Ambedkar. His message was clear, he wanted the students to be educated enough to reclaim their lost rights, he wanted them to understand the social evils, suppressions, exploitation, and subjugation of the masses on grounds of religious, political, economic or any kind of discrimination meted by the ‘system’-social, religious and political. To organize and agitate against injustice and to fight for Justice at individual as well as mass level. However, at ground reality, students, scholars, illiterate and literate who protest against the policies of Government which is their Constitutional Right under Art. 19 of the Constitution of India, who stands up for Justice, who stand to ask questions to their own elected representatives sitting in the ivory tower of power are not spared, Students are brutally beaten and protesters are being killed in day light by the ‘Force’ (Ref. News reports from Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Assam). As a student of Political Science I understand that a ‘constructive dissent’ is a ‘constitutional right’ essential to the survival of the democracy. Members of Parliament, Members of Legislative Assembly, Members of Legislative Council, Cabinet Ministers, State Cabinet Ministers, Civil Service System, Police Administration, Defence Forces of India, Central Banking System and every other man, woman and institution-right from peon to Chief Secretary, from Village Guard, Village Administration, Dobashi, Gaonbura  to the Chief Minister, From Chief Minister to the Prime Minister and the President, From Civil Judge Junior Division to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court- each and every man and woman who is directly or indirectly involve in running the state machinery is completely, fully, absolutely, unconditionally, by law of the land is answerable and accountable to the Constitution of India and finally to THE PEOPLE OF INDIA. 

The current developments which surfaced on the occasion of passing of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 are nothing but direct threats to the survival of principles of democracy. Democracy doesn’t work on its own, we (THE PEOPLE) are supposed to work for it, unless we participate, democracy will soon die a natural death. It is the fundamental duty of every intellectual, scholar, student, artist, writer and every thinking human being to participate in the struggle for Justice, struggle for constitutional rights, struggle for equality, struggle for fraternity, and to create a free and just society. Dr. Ambedkar’s Constitution has given us the greatest gift of ‘Constitutional Democracy’, let us cherish it, let it not get destroyed in the hands of the people who on record defined democracy through religious spectrum with fascist undercurrents ( Fascism is a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions. Fascist traces to the Italian word fascio, meaning “group, bundle.” Under fascist rule, the emphasis is on the group — the nation — with few individual rights). 

After so much of efforts and struggle Dr. Ambedkar brought the CARAVAN of Justice where we see it today. At present, we are living in a very complicated time. Our brain is getting fatten up with false propaganda by paid media, our thinking capacity has been taken away by the system that injected a slow poison of ‘materialism’ in our veins, we have become so much selfish that we are content with ourselves, tribe, family & children, we have become slaves of money, power and pleasure, we have forgotten to react, our educated class which supposed to show the correct direction to the society is in deep slumber. We Nagas have been introduced to ‘Materialism’ before we were introduced to the ‘Wisdom’.  Moreover, we are shown false dreams of economic prosperity whereas in reality farmers are committing suicides, Dalits and Tribals are brought under the shadow of fear-insecurity and white caller corporate workers are losing their jobs all over India. With passing of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 our future has been brought under grave threat. We are told to believe in the dreams sold out to us by the ‘Merchants of the Dreams’. Should We? I don’t know about the others, but I set my stand open and clear. No matter what political party is ruling this nation, they all should be made answerable and accountable through Constitutional means and modes. The CARAVAN of justice should not be allowed to go back.  I register my dissenting opinion against the way this glorious nation of Christ, Buddha, Asoka, Ambedkar and Gandhi is being currently ruled. In this dark time Democracy must be protected. Voice of commonest of the common must be heard. We do not need ‘Ram Rajya’, we need Bharat of Emperor Asoka The Great where the principles of Justice, Equality, Liberty and Fraternity will prevail, where welfare of common man will be given priority over religion, where rights and wishes of ‘THE PEOPLE’ will be guarded, respected and honoured. Kuknalim ! Jai Bharat !

“In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will also be singing.

About the dark times.”

Bertolt Brecht


Mosa Sangtam, 

Tetso College, Dimapur


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