Post Mortem

The fall of the invincible

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/27/2019 12:05:38 PM IST

 The ruling BJP is dethroned from the seat of power in the state of Jharkhand. And this should generate excitement for the readers and pundits of Indian electoral politics given the current anti-BJP fervour that is sweeping across the country after the ruling party at the centre initiated successful passage of the controversial and high stake Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in parliament. Against the backdrop of the mass protest against the impending implementation of the CAB, after passing the parliament’s hurdles, the latest state election is a worthy referendum for the ruling saffron party who is accused by oppositions of orchestrating political conspiracy towards maligning the interest of the minorities of the country by evolving the idea of CAB in its ultimate quest of establishing a Hindu Rashtra in India.

The Jharkhand poll verdict which gives decisive mandate to the JMM-Congress Mahagathabandhan, along with others, unseating the ruling BJP can be read as a fitting tributes to those protesters across the country who are protesting against CAB which they considered as “anti-minority” that could possibly harm the secular fabric of the country, and blame BJP as the “architect” of this divisive bill.

Another unique feature of this state election is the security dimension confronting the successful conduct of the election. Jharkhand has been a hotbed for Maoist insurgency, and for decades the state are under the grip of chronic separatist and secessionist activities. Given this political challenges and security situation, election in the state, which is seen as battle of ballot up against the bullet, is a laudable test for “Indian democracy” under the current polity. And with this high stake security challenges, it is no surprise that election was conducted in a long five phases spanning over a month, nevertheless, a successful election at the end with high voters’ turnout is, therefore, no doubt, a moral victory once again for Indian democracy.

For the ruling BJP its grip on India’s electoral map further shrink after a poor performance in the last round of states election prior to this election where an electorally crucial state of Maharashtra was slip away from their control. This series of dismal electoral performance of the saffron party comes just seven months after the party virtually sweep the whole country in the Lok Sabha election placing them in power for five more years. Considering the normal trends of any electoral politics in working democracy, the political wave that gives massive mandate to the ruling party in May this year seems too strong to subside at least for some years to come. Surprisingly the states election result of Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, which comes just within seven months from that May sweep and where the performance of different opposition parties exceeding far beyond expectation, are giving enough indication that the apparent invincible political wave of the saffron party is beginning to recede, nay too soon. The once perceived unbeatable losing the wining momentum within this short span of time is bound to cost the party dearly and this should further boast the morale of the oppositions in their desperate quest towards reviving their political fortune in the coming days.

If the current electoral trends have any indication for India, then it is the beginning of the end the era of BJP’s invincibility under Mod-Shah dispensation. With the party’s national promise of “best days ahead” still remains a distant reality, the ruling party comes at the point of keeping their own “best days” behind as they now face a new robust reality of wrath from the voters of the country. The saffron party’s electoral heydays is now on the brink of becoming a glorious things of the past unless the party initiate a new course of action which can help them win back the favour of the general populace of the country.

In the era of aspirational politics, the ruling party, or for that matter all other stakeholders of Indian politics, must accept that old colonial version of politics defined by dynasty and religion vis-a-vis a toxic Mandir-Masjid jargon, which the RSS and its saffron cohorts in particular is using extensively, and narrow identity politics no longer appeal or enthuse the young generation Indians. An aggressive campaign during this election by the saffron party on the Hindutva poll plank, including an appeal by Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Hindutva’s poster boy Yogi Adityanath to every family/Hindus to contribute one brick and eleven rupees for the construction of grand temple at Ayodhya, drew flak from the voters as the strategy did not help the ruling party to retain power.

The dynamics of India’s electoral politics today is torn apart by two ideologically opposite version of India. Whereas the RSS version of politics where it still prefer partition’s era like politics where the idea of a nation was defined by invoking religion is turning out to be major political force, Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of India as a democratic and secular nation where freedom of religion should be entitled to all still echoes in the hearts and souls of new generation Indians. At the peak of partition politics at the time of country’s independence where narrow nationalistic politics based on religion was at it worst, leading to widespread communal violence and loss of million of lives, it is Gandhi’s call for communal harmony and brotherhood among different Indians that had help India become a secular nation when one-third of India’s subcontinent choose to become a theocratic religious state. And this Gandhi’s vision for India continues to remain to this day a source of inspiration not only for the country but for the whole world. And this is what ‘new India’ should be if it has to succeed as a nation.

The invincible spell of the saffron party is now broken which has once again led the India’s political battleground wide open and provide opportunity for other opposition parities to cash in. And this is the panic moment for the ruling party. But for the rest of the country it awaits a new action-packed and an exciting phase of politics and politicking as the country head for another election in key political battleground states of Delhi and Bihar within six months time which will be undoubtedly worth following.

Dr. Nsungbemo Ezung

Wokha Town.

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