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Factors hindering ‘Total Revolution’ in India

Jayaprakash Narayan spoke of total revolution way back in 1975. The initial euphoria among the people about witnessing radical changes in the country after the formation of a new government by the Janata Party soon evaporated as the people who were in charge of the new party were the same ones who once occupied important positions in the Congress party led by Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The same old bureaucracy, the same old policies continued and nothing changed; the Janata Party was like an old wine in a new bottle. Hence if at all a new India has to be built people who are passionate about it should first think why it failed earlier and what precaution one has to take so that their movement/campaign do not fizzle out. Some of the factors which I feel are responsible for hindering a revolution in India are-

Divide and rule policy: In order to stay in power and prevent questioning their failures the Indian government has learnt the art of dividing Indians in the name of caste and language which it has learnt from the British who ruled India for 200 years through their policy of divide and rule. See how the Congress government during the peak of Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement incited people belonging to some caste to express their displeasure for constituting a committee to discuss the features of the Lokpal bill without having members belonging to their caste in the committee. By using caste the government overawes political activists especially those belonging to forward castes. 

Lack of ideology: The concept of nationalism is required for a society/nation to stick itself together. The rise of nation states in Europe was based on the belief that people inhabiting in a particular place for a long period, speaking a common language, worshipping common heroes, sharing common beliefs, myths, having common likes and dislikes constitute a distinct group and hence entitled to lead an independent life. Though Hindu religion, philosophy, common myths and Sanskrit language has religiously, emotionally and culturally unified Indians, politicians who have led successive governments in India feel shy of their Hindu background and belittle Indian tradition and culture. While Pakistanis take pride in their Islamic background, Indians feel inhibited to proclaim their Hindu background. Distortion of History which is taught in schools and colleges is another cause which fails to evoke a sense of pride among Indian youths of their country’s past.

Indifference of priestly class: Muslim maulvis/imams and Christian padris vehemently support proselytization, doesn’t allow anyone to speak lightly of their religion and take up the leadership of their community during the time of crisis. But Hindu priests do their work mechanically with indifference towards educating their devotees morally or culturally and are grossly materialistic in nature. In fact they have poor knowledge of Hindu philosophy and are trained in Aagama shastra (about the modes of worship in temples) and performance of rites for householders. If at all they had true knowledge of Vedanta they would have taken up a campaign against caste-system, dowry-system, female infanticide and other social ills plaguing Hindu society. They would had have undertaken proselytization on a priority basis and converted scores of Muslims and Christians into Sanatanis.  

Reluctance of Middle-class: All over the world political revolutions and changes in governance were made by the middle-class intellectuals who took the initiative and leadership of the movement for creating a new political order. In India youths belonging to middle class have mostly been drawn towards Marxist ideology and not towards nationalist ideology. Moreover by the time they became aware of the rotten political system they would have already been entangled by family responsibilities. Political activism is a full time activity and they find it difficult to participate leaving their jobs. Moreover in India educated parents don’t like their children to participate in political activities as they fear that the politicians may physically harm them. Disenchanted with the system many youngsters migrate overseas while some resort to writing letters to the editors or blogs expressing their concern over the state of affairs. Some of them who go a step further form association or become RTI activists. They may also hold demonstration by holding placards and participate in discussions in television channels. And after that what next? For all their activities they get publicity but once other sensational news item break out the television channels abandon them and also their cause and they are left in the lurch (Just like they did to Anna Hazare after the initial hype they provided to his movement) and our political activists work come to a standstill. One thing which the educated middle class forget is that Indian politicians have become so thick skinned that no amount of publicizing their criminal activities, holding demonstrations or even the Supreme Court ordering investigation against their frauds/irregularities can rein them from their nefarious activities. They use their money power, muscle power and flaunt their caste identity to browbeat one and all. Moreover it is their own species that are in the ruling government and in the opposition and being feathers of the same birds they flock together. The Indian politicians are past masters in getting votes and elected to office from the gullible Indian masses and they don’t fear the ballot.

Lack of action: We Indians are famous for talking and discussing on every issue under the sun. Now technology has made possible for us to write and comment. But what India needs now is action and not talking. We have to come out of the safe comforts of our homes, be ready for any eventualities including death. All over the world political changes have taken place only through blood shed. This is not something to abhor as commonsense tells us that exploiters and criminals who are well entrenched in power are not ready to give up their authority so easily.

Outdated Strategies: Indians are also known to live several decades behind the present times, whether in strategy or preparedness. For instance the R.S.S. was started in 1925 with an object of establishing a Hindu Rashtra. But even 87 years later it has not succeeded in its goal. Whereas the Muslim League which passed a resolution to have Pakistan in 1940, achieved it in 1947, i.e. within seven years. The Indian press paints the R.S.S. as a militant organization but the dreaded weapon possessed by them is a lathi. (Nowadays even petty criminals possess automatic weapons).

Immature campaigns: In order to express our dissatisfaction with the authorities over an issue we stone buses, window planes of buildings, burn vehicles or rubber tyres and what not except take action against the persons responsible for the act which caused us distress. This shows the childish behavior of Indians. If you have observed if a child falls and start crying, in order to console the child the mother strikes at the ground and admonishes as though the ground was responsible for the cause of the child’s fall. This act of his mother satisfies the child and it stops crying. Though looking like grown-up most Indians behave immaturely. To give an instance one should have had watched how our youngsters protested when a young girl was raped in New Delhi. They just went as though going for a walk shouting slogans, holding placards and demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister of Delhi. They were so naïve to believe that this act would make the Chief Minister to tender her resignation. As usual the police showed them the taste of their lathi and dispersed them. These so called educated youngsters who are exposed to the happenings all over the world even don’t know that if at all the politicians of India go scot-free even after committing heinous crimes it is only due to the protection provided to them by the police force. The first lesson which patriotic activists have to learn is how to neutralize the police so that they could teach the politicians a lesson. The Indian police we must remember is the same force which helped the British in controlling India for over 200 years and at their instance killed innocent men and women (This include the famous firing at Jallianwallabagh) all just for demanding freedom for the country. The word peaceful/passive agitation is not in their dictionary. They are mercenaries who do their work for money.

Cowardice: It is strange that in India with the majority of population being Hindus, people here chant the mantra of peace when it comes to show their sincerity to fight against evil forces. May be the peace chant is a veil to cover their cowardice because for petty matters they don’t mind to shed blood and commit atrocities which will put even a devil to shame especially so if the victim is weak. When all Hindu gods including female goddess bear weapons and fight against evil and when there is instance of Lord Krishna himself urging Arjuna to fight against evil, why does a Hindu hesitate? Devote Hindus recite Gita daily in their houses and many have memorized it. But when it comes to its practical application they backtrack in the name of ahimsa.

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