Post Mortem

The saffron India and its alternative narrative

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/13/2019 12:15:20 PM IST

 Just at the time when India come close to its general election the ruling dispensation of New Delhi finds an opportune time, in the form of the aftermath crisis of the Pulwama massacre, to construct a political narrative that centered around a nationalistic fervor, and project itself as a party that defend and protect the country and is capable of responding to any form of aggressions and propaganda campaigns wage by its enemies and can give a befitting reply to any form of attacks pushing them to the back foot. Already constructed as “successful” in its response to the attack by conducting “surgical strikes” at many suspected terror base camps inside Pakistan’s territory, destroying them and also killing “many good number of terrorists”, the ruling party would not waste this opportunity to convert it into an electoral gains toward winning election, and replacing their recent apparent vulnerability in retaining power to an invincible political force riding on a wave of high moral ground after a “successful military” campaign against an aggressors.

Up until the Pulwama cauldron, the political atmosphere over the last few months created a sense of panic and nervousness within the leadership of the saffron party doubting its ability of retaining power at the centre, precipitated by, among others, lose of its control over the three electorally crucial Hindi heartland states last December, possibility of a combined opposition forces taking on them to dethrone them in the coming election and the anti-incumbency factor that is surely going to be a key hurdle for them – a factor that is expected to go against any incumbent regime in any working democracies in the world. And as the Pulwama cauldron is expected to dominate the political discourse of the country in the run-up to the election, the saffron regime would be playing all the possible political and electoral cards, including the Pulwama crisis, to ensure that they would not suffer the same fate of 2004. Assertions of Hindu Rhastra, Ram Mandir, uniform civil code, citizenship issue, nation’s security etc.., are some of the prized socio-political issues that could deliver the party a mandate to rule India for another five years period. This is, however, an extremely dangerous political narrative created by the saffron party just for the sake of winning election by politicization of those sensitive issues that has the potential of polarizing the nation on religious ground pitting one religious community against another, the phenomenon which is of a common occurrence in post-Independent India.

The disastrous part of the 2019 election which would have an adverse consequence for India lies not only with the political trump cards that is available for the ruling party for retaining power but more on the probable alternative that could offer to the country after this particular election. In the event the saffron party fails to retain power the viable alternative at hand before the nation would be the grand old party of India, INC, which had the dubious records in the history of independent India of establishing a dynastic, divisive and appeasement politics. The outcome of this politics of stagnation of Congress is the tragedy of producing many lackluster politicians within the party, despite the presence of some brilliant individuals, with no scope of politics beyond the expectation of rallying around the Gandhi’s family dynasty. This party’s tradition of remaining loyal to one family eventually produce a leadership who after making so many historic failures and blunders, the party is still required to convince the nation that their president is the best candidate to lead the nation.

Rahul Gandhi’s political discourse of equating politics, which is supposed to be a serious business of running the affairs of the country and delivering good governance to diverse Indians, to a kind of shirt and pants that one wears thereby reducing his version of politics to a mere comedy of errors. It is unfortunate for Indian democracy where one of its mainstream political parties could offer to the country the only choice that is between those who support family dynasty and those who didn’t.

The malicious design of the Congress to regain power at the center was fully exposed when its president openly declared his party as “Muslim party”: meaning the party is resorting back to the old dirty appeasement politics, which had its shared role in the partition of India, to win election. After taking secularism’s shield to attack the BJP government at the center as communal, anti-secular and anti-minority, the party suddenly turns communal by identifying itself with one particular religion as election time approach with the hope of getting support from the country’s Muslim population. This politics of the Congress, a pseudo-secularists’ agenda, proclaiming itself as a custodian of India’s secularism sometimes and becoming pro-Muslim at another times creates suspicion, mistrust and panic among the people that had badly harms Indian social fabric, and it is bound to happen again under the Congress’ polity.

Indian democracy post-1947 had hitherto withstood several tests of times including the infamous emergency orchestrated by none other than the Congress’ prime minister, series of communal violence, nation’s threatening monumental corruptions and scams and wars with neighboring countries all of which had failed to hamper it’s success, and at the same time the same cannot permit another form of authoritarian rule under the dictate of one ruling family to undo the past success. This very strength of Indian democracy will be very much in the minds of the 900 million Indians, which includes 84 million first time voters out of which 15 millions are below the age of 20 (source: Election commission of India’s estimates, March 2019), as they prepares to participate in the 17th general election for choosing new regime in a months time. India cannot disappoint those enthusiastic voters, especially the younger generations, by limiting their scope of politics within the confines of dynastic politics and loyalty to one ruling family.

India, a beautifully diverse nation if manage wisely, a land where it found some of the brilliant minds and best of human beings, cannot afford to live and survive under the dictate of old colonial elitist mentality where it believe that political leaderships are to be reserved forever to only few ruling class/families. Can the conscience of the nation be so clear in claiming/accepting that the alternative political narrative offer by the Congress in this election be better over the question of the threat of secularism as a result of the rise of saffron’s religious fundamentalism in the country?

Dr. Nsungbemo Ezung, Wokha Town, Email: (ezung_n@yahoo.com)

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