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Lessons from Arvind Kejriwal’s Fiasco

 What lessons can the patriots who are dreaming and striving for a better India can learn from the recent success of the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi?

Lesson one– In the present system if one has to come to power they have to compromise with their ideals and principles. This is because to get votes in the elections one must have to appease one section of the society or the other. For instance the AAP had to take a populist measure of providing free water which actually benefits those sections of the people who can easily afford to pay. This they had to do as they had promised to do so in their election manifesto with an intention to attract voters vote for their party. Also take for instance the subsidy offered to domestic gas cylinders. There are lakhs of state and central government employees drawing more than 30,000 per month. Similarly thousands of people working in the corporate sector draw more than a lakh per month. Will an extra 500 rupees per month (for a gas cylinder without subsidy) be a burden to them? Just imagine how many crores of rupees the government can save per month by withdrawing gas cylinder subsidy to these sections of the people and how this saved money could be utilized for providing basic amenities for the poor or in building infrastructure in the country? But no political party is ready to take this step for fear of losing votes.

Lesson two-The Chief Minister of Delhi sitting in dharna to get a few low-level corrupt policemen suspended shows how helpless even a CM is against the bureaucracy created by the British to sustain their rule. Has anyone ever thought over how come the Indian politicians have lost the fear of the masses and dares to loot the state in broad day light? Has anyone ever wondered how come he flaunts his arrogance and oppresses the people at will in spite of all the so called laws to protect the commoners? Have you ever pondered how does the government official get the courage to demand a bribe openly or siphon public money?  This is because they are protected by the police force, which was created by the British to brutalize those Indians who questioned their authority or demand freedom for their country. These policemen who earlier used to salute their English bosses now do salam to their Indian political bosses.

Hindu leaders (if they ever existed or just to identify them by their names) of the Indian National Congress in their eagerness to enjoy power committed two great blunders when the British left India in 1947. The first blunder was to allow the partition of the country on religious basis. At least they could have seen that the entire Muslims of the country migrated to Pakistan so that the present communal tensions between the two communities could have been avoided. But the more serious blunder which they committed was to retain the bureaucratic set-up including the police and army created by the British. Just five years earlier during the Quit India Movement, these policemen had mercilessly beaten and tortured men; assaulted and raped women and had sentenced them to prison terms all for asking the British to leave India. Remember these heinous acts were committed by Indian policemen under the orders of their British superiors. Even as per the statement given by the Home Department, the statistics of dead by the end of December 31, 1943 was 1941. (Tara Chand- History of the Freedom Movement in India, Vol 4, Publication Division, 1972, p 380). Once the Indian National Congress came to power why did they not institute an enquiry commission to punish the culprits who had committed atrocities on freedom fighters? After all these victims were the followers the Congress party and had taken part in the agitation due to the call given by none other than Mahatma Gandhi.

The answer is very simple. The power hungry Congressmen to whom the British had transferred the power to govern the country wanted to use the same mercenary force to rule and browbeat their opponents. Today the nexus between the politician and the bureaucracy is so well organized that successive government which take turn to rule make use of this bureaucracy to loot and oppress the people. Arvind Kejriwal should be really appreciated for speaking openly against the policemen for demanding hafta and harassing the people. Thought this is an open secret known to one and all, no Indian politician especially after coming to power has the guts to speak like this.

With regards to the role of the Indian Army the less said the better. Even when the country is burning with issues like drain of the country’ wealth on unprecedented scale due to the loot by politicians, large scale encroachment of territory by the Chinese, proxy war by Pakistan and drastic demographic changes in various states due to illegal migration, the top brass of the Army keeps aloof in its safe haven called cantonments. The leadership in the Army does not take initiative for solving the above problems as it has a ready stock of gullible poor Indian low ranking soldiers who in the time of emergencies serve as fodder to enemy’s bullets either during the Kargil crisis or during the Mumbai attack by terrorists.

The Indian Army has not changed a little bit even after several decades of independence. It has retained the same old designations, the same old caste and linguistic based regiments and is proud of the history of the various regiments raised during the British to fight against their fellow Indians. For them it is just a change of master from the British to the politicians. Just like in earlier times it is the pay, pension and privileges which matters the most to them. They don’t hesitate to use brute force against their fellow Indians even now (for instance in North-Eastern states of India). Lt-Gen. B.M.Kaul regarding his experiences serving in the Army during the British era says that many of his colleagues who later rose to occupy the highest military post in independent India during frequent discussions in the mess and elsewhere poured unwarranted and critical comments on our national leaders and praised the British Raj just to please their masters. (B.M.Kaul- The Untold Story, Allied Publishers, 1967, p.41). In the preface of the said book he writes that there were two types of officers in the army during the pre-independence period, a few who supported our struggle for freedom and the many who were either hostile or apathetic to this struggle. It is a pity that instead of reorganizing the Indian Army under the leadership of those who had supported Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the then government which took power after 1947 allowed the continuance of this British created mercenary Army.

To summarize

  • The Indian bureaucracy has been well entrenched for more than 150 years. It will not allow policies and programs which will reduce its power and privileges. For a real change in the present status quo, political activists should be ready to use force and for any sacrifice (ready to give up or take lives in their fight with evil minded people who like a rabies effected dog has to be eliminated).
  • When it comes to self-interest verses national interest, the former gains an upper hand for the masses. Hence no drastic changes in policies and programs can be made by eliciting the opinion of the masses especially in our country wherein most of them are politically illiterate and have poor knowledge of the country’s history. Keep in mind that nothing can be changed by participating in so called elections.
  • Political activists should adopt a pro-active Sanatana ideology (Not to be mistaken for the weak-kneed Hindutva ideology of the BJP.) as the basis for restructuring the country politically, economically, socially and spiritually. Sanatana ideology is evolved by incorporating the teachings of Lord Krishna, Sri Shankaracharya, Sri Basaveshwara, Sri Narayana Guru, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswathi and the ideals of Maha Rana Sanga, Maha Rana Pratap, Bhagat Singh, Lala Hardayal and Subhash Chandra Bose, to name a few of the hundreds of eminent personalities of Bharath.

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