DOUBLED SALARY BONANZA AMIDST 400 FARM SUICIDES: WAS THE TELANGANA FIGHT FOR IT?

“I myself will represent the Telangana government and argue before the Krishna tribunal. I will create a history by arguing the case in my capacity as CM.” – K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister, Telangana

Now, this statement could have been seen as a routine overstatement coming from a politician who likes to boast and likes to brand himself as a forerunner of his political breed.

But, no, this comes to us from K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), the Telangana chief minister, the top most administrative functionary of India’s newest state, who has been a big letdown after assuming the office when Telangana came into existence officially on June 2 this year.

The central reason behind the decades old Telangana struggle was the contention that the Andhra counterparts had ignored the Telangana areas totally leaving the concerned population in poverty and backwardness.

KCR projected himself as the champion of the cause and though he cannot take the sole credit, going by the political equations of the time, he was rewarded by the Telangana electorate in hopes he would bring home the change. But the downward spiral began from the day-1.

As soon as he took over, the dynast in him came out. He is chief minister who made his son and nephew ministers. His daughter is a member of the Parliament (MP). And he defends and justifies it with an ‘air’.

When the agenda should have been reconciliation and synthesis till the whole process of bifurcation of revenue and resources is complete, he chose to indulge in cheap politics of sloganeering, not delivering on ground, and finding an easy escape in anti-Andhra Pradesh slogans.

And rational minds know that is not going to work.

But, the latest KCR move shows that was never his priority probably. The latest move is certainly a prime issue of national outrage that could not find its due on airwaves as other major rating-worthy stories broke out simultaneously, dominated by the round the clock developments around the controversial Haryana godman Rampal who refused to accept the orders of different courts including the high court and his arrest came after violent clashes and a long drama.

Anyway, that is a typical Indian flavour where fake religious gurus have been exploiting the insecurities of human lives in a country where universal norms of a dignified life do not come even in dreams of the majority of the population.

And Indian politicians are not much different, the political history of independent India tells us, and KCR’s latest move reaffirms that.

In an outrageous and anti-human move, the Telangana politicians, led by KCR, came together to hike their salary by 100%. Now the salary of a Telangana MLA (Rs. 2 Lakh) would be more than that of the President (1.5 Lakh) and the Prime Minister (1.60 Lakh). While doing so, the atmosphere was of almost consensus, something that we have seen so many times in ‘doing so’, including in the Indian Parliament. The bitter TRS-TDP war of words or the Congress or the BJP voices – we could not hear them.

The doubled salary bonanza came at a time where the state is facing aftermath of drought.

Different reports say, the authenticity of which we can safely accept, that around 400 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana after KCR took over in June. 350-400 farm suicides is the range of such reports and the government attempt to put them at around 80 easily blows out when we read the reports.

The burden of the hike that the state will face (Rs. 75 crore in five years) could have easily saved the lives of these farmers had they been given the loan waivers or financial assistance in time.

But that would have happened only when the people would be the priority. The brazen defence of the salary hike by the Telangana government and KCR tells us they don’t care at all.

KCR may blame Andhra Pradesh and Chandrababu Naidu for Telangana farm suicides but that would not stop the farm suicides.

KCR’s efforts to justify the MLA salary hike and deflect the blame to Chandrababu Naidu – amidst 400 farm suicides – was the Telangana fight for it?

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WHERE DID NEHRU ERR?

Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, like others were, in 1947, was a freedom fighter first, before being the politician of the Independent India, who was going to be its first prime minister.

And in spite of the differences with his fellow freedom fighters, he was one of the luminaries who could comfortably be placed in the second line with fellow members with the mutual respect they had for each-other. Naturally, the first line was the Mahatma himself.

But, then, that was it only.

Probably, it was one among the many harms that the sudden demise of the Mahatma caused to the cause of the independent India.

Mahatma, the architect of the Indian Independence Movement and the Father of the Nation, had foreseen something and had advocated of dissolving the Indian National Congress to establish a new political order in India with wider participation and diversified freshness.

Till August 15, 1947, the Indian National Congress was an independence movement.

After it, it directly donned the role of a political party when India needed a ‘political movement’.

What the Mahatma advocated was the propagation of a political movement.

Had the Mahatma been there, the nation could have this much needed change, under his guidance and unselfish love for the motherland.

After few months of getting independence, Mahatma Gandhi was taken away from among us when a fanatic killed him, and with it died many hopes of having a transformed India in the future.

Now, it was solely to Nehru and the Indian National Congress. Still there was some sanity till the first elections were held in 1951-52 because of the larger breed of the freedom fighter in the formative years of governance. But cracks were appearing. Many Congress stalwarts left the party because of Nehru.

These could have been accepted as products of regular political process had it not been for Nehru’s political behaviour.

What India needed when it got a wounded independence, riots, displacements and millions of humiliated souls was people in the office with highest standards of probity and personal integrity. There are many to be placed on that pedestal, but when we look back now, we can easily say that the person at the top, Jawaharlal Nehru, could not follow his dignified past of the pre-independence days.

The first and the foremost pre-condition of that probity was to take everyone else as the equal partner in the nation-building process while at the same time, following the strict discipline of the politics of probity.

Sadly, first Feroze Gandhi and then Indira Gandhi gave us a paradox that pushed us to question Nehru’s motives as he went ahead with his prime-ministerial terms, from first to second, to third.

On mass level, no one knows about the family descendents of almost of the leaders who worked for us to give us August 15, 1947.

Paradoxically, on mass level, almost everyone knows about the Nehru-Gandhi family.

And ironically (and pathetically), most in the independent India would be unaware of the family tree of the Mahatma that followed him in the independent India, family tree of the Mahatma who was the real Gandhi.

Jawaharlal Nehru erred here, willing or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowingly, pushing India into a long and tumultuous future that followed one-party rule and dynasty politics and was cursed with an immature and almost non-existent opposition for decades.

Nehru was the blue-eyed boy of the Mahatma. He should have listened to him. It was his duty. He should have worked to give us the political movement that the Mahatma ‘wished’ during the formative years of the independent India.

But…. and this ‘but’ raises many valid questions.

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THREATENING TV CHANNELS: KCR & FAMILY – A DYNAST AND A DYNASTY IN MAKING

Three different states were created in 2000. Two have been failed by their politicians. Another new state has been created this year and the way it is heading, it looks to join the league of Uttarakhand and Jharkhand in the years to come.

The sad story and the sad story ahead – it’s all about the political leadership and the Telangana baton has slipped to the hands of a dynast it seems. He is reaping much more than what he sowed, when by the spirit of democracy – that should never be the case – something that has seldom been the case in India.

He is the chief minister. His son is minister. His nephew is minister. His daughter is a member of the Parliament (MP). And he defends it. And he justifies it.

All in the name of democracy and threaten to bury the voices, the media voices who, in his interpretation, insult Telangana.

And he vociferously goes undemocratic in doing so, assuming the role of courts and other watchdog agencies in deciding and acting on culpability, the traits of a political dynast, who always sees himself above the people who are the real currency of his authority.

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TENS OF THOUSANDS ARRIVED TO WELCOME HIM OUT OF JAIL: WHY DEMOCRACY IN INDIA IS IN IMMINENT DANGER OF DISINTEGRATION?

September 2013

Thousands gathered outside the jail to greet him.

Tens of thousands arrived in Hyderabad to welcome him, to join the procession to his journey back to home, from the Chanchalguda prison to his palatial house in Hyderabad’s posh locality, Banjara Hills.

As if, a freedom fighter fighting some colonial oppression or an activist resisting a authoritarian government was coming out of jail. But sadly it wasn’t the case.

And that is acidic for the democratic health of the country. This celebration was, once again, representative of a deteriorating mindset of the masses. Yes, it is a deteriorating mindset that owes its sustenance to the continued political manipulation of the masses.

It is acidic because the person was detained in jail against charges of corruption. In a short time, he has amassed huge wealth. In his area of influence, he is seen as a strongman. We fail to trace his political history beyond his political lineage. Apart from amassing disproportionate assets, he has not done anything to be known as a great politician, a humane politician, in making. Yet, he has emerged as a big political alternative, in course of three years only.

That is certainly not good for the democratic spirit of the nation because the malaise here represents the larger malaise in the society where people fail to understand what is right or wrong and how corruption is eating the concept of the ‘Republic of India’; where people fail to put politicians facing serious allegations out of the office till such politicians prove their innocence.

The person in question was in jail for the last 16 months on many counts of violations in Disproportional Assets (DA) case. The ‘symbolically central’ Central Bureau of Investigation has filed 10 charge-sheets against him in the DA case.

Son of a popular politician, who was also a former chief-minister, the fellow is a powerful politician, running a diversified business empire. His jail-term is supposed to correlate with his assets, that are, by most analyses, disproportionate in nature.

It was alleged and widely reported that when the powerful politician father of this powerful politician son had died in an unfortunate helicopter crash in 2009, fake reports of several people dying of shock of the untimely demise of the great leader were propped to gain mileage of political sympathy. Silly!

As a natural corollary to the dynasty politics in India, nurtured and propagated by the most powerful Delhi-based political family of India, this powerful politician son demanded to succeed his father’s chief-ministerial chair, a chair that was denied to him.

Miffed with the denial of the royal chair of the chief-minster ship, he broke away from the grand old political party of India and formed his own political outfit. And in remarkable turn of events, in a pseudo-democracy with an alienated and ignorant electorate, he emerged as a strong political force in a short period of time, and so a political threat. That could have been a call for the opponents to move in 2011.

Threat to the establishment in office and court’s interventions were motives enough for the shambolic CBI to act differently from its character. Subsequently, resultantly, this powerful politician was forced behind bars and left there languishing for 16 months.

But, he kept on growing politically stronger and became even more relevant for the political equations in the changed circumstances after the Union government announced bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Maintaining a strong anti-Telangana stand and riding on a strong support base in the Seemandhra region could have changed the thinking of the grand old party of India that is facing an imminent danger of being wiped out in Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation decision taken by the Congress led Union Government.

The political cliché that there are no friends or foes in politics shows us this ugly face of Indian politics, that, with a largely ignorant electorate, is eroding the democratic health of the country; is polluting whatever that is left in the name of democracy in India.

Whatever be the reality of the reported deals, between his political outfit YSRCP and the Congress, or of the BJP’s feelers to him criticising the CBI for his plight, we are going to witness some uglier political deal-making in the days to come.

No denial to this fact that Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy, son of the former Andhra Pradesh chief minster Y S Rajashekara Reddy, has amassed wealth beyond his known sources of income.

The detention for 16 months of a son of a powerful politician with a regional clout tells us of the veracity of allegations. Had it been the case of some common man, who could even be one of Mr. Reddy’s die-hard supporters, like those swarming outside the Chanchalguda jail or on Hyderabad roads leading to the Jagan’s house, we could have believed a detention of 16 months was possible even if all the charges were false. Running a strong media empire and sitting on huge assets, Mr. Reddy had access to the resources, to finest of the legal minds in the country.

What becomes finally of Mr. Reddy in courts in his corruption cases will take a long time. It could go even beyond his lifetime. And meanwhile, he will keep enjoying his political kingdom with loyal supporters in the world’s largest democracy.

And Mr. Reddy is not alone. He is just one among the countless of the politicians facing serious corruption allegations. And he is just one among this lot of the countless that continues to enjoy to public support in spite of serious corruption allegations. Making people with serious corruption allegations politically stronger is also corruption and we are making so many of the breed stronger with every election.

That is detrimental to the democratic concept of India envisioned in its Constitution.

It reflects again and again in celebrations like these.

*“Why democracy in India is in imminent danger of disintegration?’ is a regular column on my blogging platforms to take a periodic look (say a weekly or a fortnightly or a monthly round-up of events depending on the factors in play) on political developments that are dangerous to the democratic health of the country and contribute to the process of social disintegration of the nation..”
https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/why-democracy-in-india-is-in-imminent-danger-of-disintegration/

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IS RAHUL GANDHI A POLITICIAN OR A COMMON CITIZEN LIKE US?

Before venturing further about superhumanness of Indian politicians in the aftermath of the Uttarakhand disaster, the Indians need to deliberate on the most burning question of the day – is Rahul Gandhi a common citizen?

Because, if, he is a common citizen, he cannot be a politician!

Indian politicians today are a privileged class much above any other social stratification while the common citizens are like those killed and stranded in different areas of Uttarakhand after the disastrous cloudburst and rains of June 16. They do not come on any priority list until they directly affect the political fortunes of the politicians.

And there is no such sorry sounding description for Rahul Gandhi. He doesn’t follow rule. He makes rules.

In fact, politicians like him prioritize about lives of over a billion of this country, much in the same way as Rahul decided to visit the state when the home minister of the country had already asked the Uttarakhand government not to allow any VVIP visit.

Rahul Gandhi cannot be a common citizen. The tag ‘common’ is obnoxious for politicians and certainly a pariah for someone like Rahul Gandhi who inhabits the top of the political elites in the country where the central-most qualification to inherit a country, even if the country is the largest democracy in the world, is to have the lineage of a powerful political family.

Nepotism, dynasty politics and family preferences are universally seen as detrimental to a progressive democracy and yet they have become the basic tenets for political elites of this ‘democratic’ country.

Common citizens cannot subvert the universally acceptable values. If they do so, they are made to face the consequences.

The universally acceptable rules of a civilized society are for the commoners like following the law, waiting in queues, writing countless papers to get educated, toiling hard to earn a livelihood and retire when it is the time, and that too, is the state-defined, a state that is run by politicians like Rahul Gandhi.

The political elite of this country certainly don’t fit in this description. They feel they are above it.

How can they, then, be the common citizens of this country? So, how can Rahul Gandhi be a common citizen?

So, a Rahul Gandhi, who is being presented as the common citizen of India, is certainly an ironical point of debate in a country where politicians are perceived as a class beyond the rule of law.

Also, talking of the rule of law, ‘this common citizen’ Rahul (pity Congress spokespersons like Renuka Chowdhury and Digvijay Singh) decided on his sortie in the flood-ravaged state violating the order of the home minister of the country issued to ensure smooth relief and rescue operations as the VVIP visits were hampering the progress.

How can a home minister’s order contain a ‘common citizen Rahul Gandhi’?

Rahul Gandhi is not a common citizen like us. It is self explanatory!

Related post:
A MAN-MADE DISASTER, THE HUMAN MISERY AND OUR SUPERHUMAN POLITICIANS
https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/a-man-made-disaster-the-human-misery-and-our-superhuman-politicians/

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TEN CARDINAL SYMPTOMS OF INDIAN POLITICS

  1. The natural, prevailing discourse about the value-system of the Indian politics is that there is no value-system at all.
  1. Politicians are a class apart. They are a new, separate, higher class, exuding elitism and are well beyond the reach of other social classes in a multilayered Indian society.
  1. Politics of the world’s largest democracy is being run by the political outfits that do not believe or practice internal party democracy. The top leadership in almost every political party is in an exclusive zone and thinks, decides and acts unilaterally.
  1. The dynasty is the flavour of the developments. Barring few outfits, almost every layer of the leadership in most of the political parties is infested with the dynasty bug. The political dynasty at the top leadership acts with absolute rule and the practice of promoting the family (sans the absolute rule element) trickles down to other layers of the party hierarchy with every other politician rushing to push his/her wife, husband, son, daughter, father, son-in-law or daughter-in-law in the political foray.
  1. The law of the land is not for the politicians. They are increasingly sacrosanct. A criminal or a person with a higher degree of notoriety has almost certain chances of taking a winning dip into the viscous and opaque flow of the political developments of the country.
  1. ‘No politician is corrupt’ is the baseline of the political corruption. Corruption allegations are motivated acts by the adversaries to derail a luminous political career.
  1. Likewise, going to jail under corruption charges are more like excursion trips now. Scores of politicians are visiting jails after being sentenced by the courts yet they return with aplomb by the cheering fans, fight elections and win them, too. Likewise, sackings are the acts of adversaries. Likewise, forced resignations are the exemplary acts of morality.
  1. The oft-quoted line that ‘there are no friends or foes in politics’ is at its evolutionary top of its dominance. The shameless display of ‘washing the dirty linen’ in the public and use of ‘supercharged and sub-standard war of words’ are nothing but cover-ups to keep the prism of ‘being different’ shining and reflective in the eyes of the voters. Political parties and politicians in these outfits are ‘friendly adversaries’ who engage in friendly fights only to become first in the race to form a government but when it comes to the common concerns, they unite to thwart any attempt to encroach on or to ‘rationalize’ their acts even if seen by the public as the acts of political immorality, overall moral depravity and absolute degradation of the ‘politics of values’.
  1. Extending the line of the political camaraderie to the kinship, it is ensured that the families and friends are left untouched in these ‘friendly fights’. Applicability of ‘the law of the land is not for the politicians’ practice is a natural extension to them.
  1. With all this, the Indian politics is now the safest career option for the ‘have’s’ – the existing political class, their extended families, the business class with political interests and criminals and scamsters. Joining the Indian political league doesn’t require high academic and intellectual credentials but ensures brilliant returns on even the minimum investment made, be it of time, or money or energy.

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SECOND GENERATION POLITICIANS OF INDIA: THE SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS

WHERE IS WALK-THE-TALK ACT? 

Midst all the talks of Bharat Mata, youth power and ideas and the beehive diligence, India remains a dark reminder of a story that took on to the wrong path before it could see the right one when it began in 1947.

And there is no need to go back in the history to analyse it. Almost all of the second generation politicians today are the products of the political dynasties. Having grown up and seen affluent lives, a clear disconnect from the ground reality of India can easily be seen in their attitudes. They talk big. They talk insensitive. They talk meaningless. Rarely, we find them walking the talk. A look at the recent political scene is self-explanatory.

Among the high-talking points these days is the Maharashtra drought. The industrialized state of the western India is facing the worst drought in 40 years.

Yet, Deputy Chief Minister of the state, Ajit Pawar, a product of the dynasty politics in India (being from the powerful Pawar family), breaches every level of insensitivity with his ‘urinate in the dams’ remark while commenting the drought situation. According to a Times of India report, during a rally in Pune, the politician, while trying to slight the fast of a farmer, Prabhakar Deshmukh from the drought hit Solapur district, said, “He has been fasting for the last 55 days. If there is no water in the dam, how can we release it? Should we urinate into it? If there is no water to drink, even urination is not possible”.

By saying so, he has slighted the humanity, he has slighted his own existence, and he has slighted an already debased Indian political scene even more. It was unethical. It was audacious when procedures were mocked to reinstate Pawar as the Deputy CM after he was forced to resign for his role in the alleged 70,000 irrigation scam of Maharashtra. Even at this moment of human crisis, Pawar has been alleged to divert water in dams (supposed to go to the people) to the industries when people in drought-hit areas are reeling under the water scarcity.

Even, the other prominent second generation politicians in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray, are the products of the dynasty politics. Okay, being from a political dynasty is not a crime but what about the brand of divisive politics they are practicing?

Let’s come to the national scene.

The youth power of India is in vogue – not in terms of productivity but in speechmaking of the politicians like Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. It is so because they form the largest chunk of the votebank and can swing the all important ‘who wins or who loses’ outcome in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

Rahul Gandhi has been very specific about promoting youth though there are very few grassroots leaders in his youth brigade who are without any political inheritance or who are not from the affluent background. And almost none of that kind (the grassroots) has reached to the level of the policymaking bodies like the Union Cabinet. Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Deepender Hooda and Rahul himself, all are products of the dynasty politics. Unfortunately (for India), the list is long and is getting longer.

Why Rahul Gandhi’s speeches have become so repetitive?

Why his speeches only talk of questions?

Why he never talks about solutions in concrete, tangible terms?

It is because, the ‘disconnect’ is still there. It reflects in Rahul’s reluctance in taking the political centrestage on vital issues like the Lokpal Bill or the Delhi gangrape that agitate the whole country.

What India needs to come out of its dark is a leader who is sensitive and who cares for and practices a life of probity. But the way the governments and the administrative machineries were manipulated to give clean chit to Robert Vadra in controversial land deals puts valid question marks on Rahul’s intentions. Okay, Vadra might be clean and what he has amassed (wealth) might be due to his business acumen (and luck), but being from the family that has been at the political forefront of the independent India, Vadra needed to come out clean in a ‘clean manner’ if Rahul means what all he is talking about, be it in Jaipur when he was elected vice president of the Congress party or at the CII annual general meeting speech in Delhi. But that is not being done. That is just not happening.

Let’s pan across the country to see the second generation leaders who claim the states now (and some of them can and will claim the nation later).

THE DIRECT ACCESS BUT..

They have become central figures of the regional politics by virtue of being sons or daughters of the political heavyweights. They got the political chair in inheritance.

Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh is a dynasty politics product. Taking the office with clear majority, when the Samajwadi Party won the assembly election last year, could have only one direct implication – people of the state, one of the most backward in India, needed change because they had refused another clear-majority government, of Mayawati’s, elected in the previous rule. Mayawati’s government was a miserable failure but, unfortunately, Akhilesh’s government too, is heading to the similar territory.

His one year of rule is a sorry picture of increasing lawlessness and governance failure in the state. The worrying sign is the future looks grim and there looks no roadmap to take the curative measures. Also, Akhilesh belongs to a political family with its head (Mulayam Singh Yadav) embroiled in disproportionate assets case. Also, Akhilesh belongs to a party that has become synonymous with political opportunism and political hooliganism.

M K Stalin, younger son and heir of the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) patriarch M Karunanidhi is, too, a product of the dynasty politics. Given the history of regular government changes in Tamil Nadu, Stalin is slated to become the chief minister of the state in the future.

Stalin has been named in a flyover scam. He has been booked for land grab charges. Karunanidhi’s family is facing serious corruption allegations. There are corruption charges against Kanimozhi and M K Alagiri. Kanimozhi was arrested in the multi-billion dollar 2G spectrum scam. A Raja, the alleged central face of the 2G spectrum scam, has been and is being brazenly defended by the DMK.

Though, both, the DMK and the SP are political parties with regional presence, they play, have played and will be playing significant role in the national politics that has become coalition driven.

And it would not be big deal, if the political developments throw names of Akhilesh Yadav or M K Stalin as potential successor for the prime-ministerial chair sometime (sometimes) in the future. The country has already seen such political equations in the past when Chandra Shekhar, H D Deve Gowda and Inder Kumar Gujaral got the residential address of the 7 Race Course Road. Even if that doesn’t happen soon, they already have the larger states with millions of people to ‘rule’ over.

Sandeep Dikshit, son of the Delhi chief minister and Member of Parliament from Delhi, doesn’t stand the ‘national politics’ chance because he is in the Congress party. Yes, he has all the valid reasons to hope to become the chief minister of Delhi riding on the wave of the dynasty politics. In line with the trend, Sandeep, too, is facing corruption allegations.

H D Kumaraswamy, a former chief minister of Karnataka and son of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, and another product of the dynasty politics, has been named in disproportionate assets and land scam cases. Also, Janata Dal has seen so many splits that his party, JD(S) (Janata Dal-Secular) doesn’t stand a chance to give Kumaraswamy a chance, like his father got, to become a potential name for the prime minister’s office. But, in spite of the corruption taints, he has all the chances to make it to the chief minister’s office of the state.

In Punjab, it is all about the Badal family. The dynasty rules here. There are corruption allegations. There are charges of disproportionate assets. No one in the state is reacting seriously on the highhandedness of the police officials and the goons, especially in the second consecutive term of the ‘Badal family’ in the office.

The second generation lot, if they don’t come across chances in the national politics, they know they have larger states to rule, which they rule more like kings because they know they can easily manipulate the System by being the kingmakers in the national politics the age of coalition politics with rise of satraps driven regional political parties.

The other potential kingmakers in the national politics of the coalition era, apart from the SP and the DMK are the AITC (All Indian Trinamool Congress), BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), JD(U) (Janata Dal-United), BJD (Biju Janata Dal), TDP (Telugu Desam Party) AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and the Left Front parties.

SO MANY OF THEM, YET SO FEW OF THEM!

BSP rule is no better than the SP governance the country has seen it. Besides, Mayawati is facing mammoth corruption charges and like the case with Mulayam, the probe is on.

All the high hopes that Mamata Banarjee had generated, when the people of West Bengal had chosen her over the 35 years of the Left Front rule in the state, are decimated and crushed. Mamata’s rule and her party workers have become ‘just the other anarchy’ in the state. The goons of the CPM (Communist Party of India-Marxist) have been replaced by the goons of the AITC.

JD(U) and BJD are doing good. The rule of these parties is relatively less corruption-tainted.

AIADMK is again a big question mark when it comes to corruption. Tamil Nadu chief minister and party chief J Jayalalitha is facing court cases on disproportionate assets charges.

We all have seen what the Left Front parties made of West Bengal, once a driver of Indian politics, economy and intellectual growth, into an utter chaos of lawlessness, corruption, poverty and intellectual starvation.

So, more of the kingmakers on the table, in case of a fragmented electoral verdict, have or have had a poor record when it comes to the politics of probity, integrity and reform.

They will squeeze and extract the maximum possible mileage bending the rules and manipulating the System to continue delaying the proceedings and diluting the charges if they come to play the kingmakers in the national politics. And emboldened, as is the case, the wheels of corruption shall keep on getting the lubrication unabashed.

Most of the names given to country by the dynasty politics has a different sort of primary deficiency – the ‘disconnect’. Though corruption has become ‘fundamental’ element of the political culture of many of such political parties, here, the ‘disconnect’ sustains and increases the corruption.

More of the names, not in the league of the dynasty politics, have the most menacing deficiency a poor democracy like India can have – insensitivity loaded with neck-deep corruption as the primary driver. Here, corruption breeds the ‘insensitivity’ that in-turns breeds the ‘disconnect’.

So many of them, yet so few of them!

How can they represent India when none of them have experienced the real India – millions under poverty line – millions struggling daily to have two square meals – millions struggling daily to buy even the most basic of the medicines – millions just staring at the schools but cannot cross into – millions dropping out of the schools – millions crushed to pay bribes daily even for their absolute rights – millions being slighted everyday by the corrupt political and bureaucratic machinery!

How can they represent India when they have comfortably forgotten the very cause of the democratic India – bringing millions of Indians out of a life of misery, millions who elect them to act on their ‘behalf’!

Instead, most of the elected lot has become antithesis to this democratic spirit. Corruption and political opportunism are creating breeding ‘grounds’ for class hostilities in India in the days to come.

The man of probity India seeks needs to act with probity and with swiftness. Time has already run out. Integrity of the man India needs must have an impartial and independent attitude.

But the way Vadra was given clean chits was brazen. The way Ajit Pawar was reinstated was shameless. The way Mamata Banarjee is justifying and defending the vandalism of the AITC in West Bengal is worrying.

These and similar other developments could have been termed shocking but more shocking is the fact that Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’ is getting more and more into the ‘silently reacting and silently dissenting’ attitude on the high handedness of its political rulers who have started behaving like kings.

Certainly an ominous development for the Indian democracy if left unattended!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/