YES, WE ARE RESILIENTLY TOLERANT..

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YES, WE ARE RESILIENTLY TOLERANT..

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

INDIA IS OF EVERY INDIAN. INDIA IS FOR EVERY INDIAN.

The basic tenet of ‘being humane and being civilized’ says – what is wrong will always be wrong – and can never be justified.

And like every other ‘basic tenet’ of humanity – such norms – a must for the humankind universally – must be followed in letter and spirit.

That is the ‘ideal’ situation.

And is a rarity in the prevailing political circumstances – not just in India – but in many countries across the world.

A direct corollary of that is the ongoing or the ‘raging’ political debate over ‘tolerance and intolerance’ in India.

Yes, we need to react on incidents of ‘intolerance’ if we are proud of our shared culture over the years. India is probably the only country in the world where major populations of two major religions live in relative harmony.

Yes, in harmony – because we have no other word to explain that – given the fact the country has stood together even after 68 years of independence – and is a robustly functional democracy – with a transparent electoral process.

Yes, there have been religious riots and other incidents of communal strife – but if we have stood together, as a coherent unit, even after that – it directly conveys where the priorities of the ordinary folks of these religions lie (or people of every religion in India).

And that squarely puts the political class and the opinion leaders in the dock – if there have been incidents that go against this spirit – like this atmosphere of intolerance and the debate over issues like beef politics and religious polarization.

We have lived in communal harmony for so long, for centuries – that – it is impossible to think India as a standalone nation for Hindus. Generations in India have experienced it and have assimilated it. India is of every Indian – India is for every Indian – irrespective of his or her religious affiliations.

That is the basic idea of India.

And every Indian must react to preserve this pillar on which the nations stands and grows. It is a social must. And we need to work to see until it becomes the cornerstone of our political prerogatives as well.

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

YES, WE ARE STILL RESILIENTLY TOLERANT.

And for that reason, and that reason alone, we need to fight the increasing (fringe) voices of ‪‎intolerance – because it encompasses all – every sane and insane element in the ongoing ‘tolerance Vs intolerance’ debate that has seemed to envelope the nation’s consciousness.

Is there a radically surcharged atmosphere of negative connotations in the country?

Yes. It is.

Even if it is limited to some fringe elements!

Because they present face of an eminent danger lurching all around – that their increasing mainstreaming can vitiate the atmosphere to the extent that social harmony can again be taken for ride, can be tossed, by various anti-national elements, desperate to grab any such development.

We have seen it so many times – especially during rounds of massive riots that engulfed a large part of the country’s consciousness.

It is no hidden fact that Babri demolition and riots associated with it caused some ominous and fundamental changes in ‘manifestation of religious expressions’ – both by Hindus and by Muslims.

Opinion leaders and religious satraps of Hinduism threw more claims and threw vehement claims. Loudspeakers cropped up on many mosques. And the ensuing aftermath saw many more sporadic rounds of communal violence.

But, even after that, even after several such dark chapters in our post-independence history, the common refrain from an ordinary ‘common man’ Hindu or Muslim is still that living peacefully and surviving harmoniously always get precedence over the nitty-gritty of religious affairs; that an ordinary folk has his day to day survival in mind and not these ‘supercharged elements and the resultant surcharged atmosphere’.

The Indian society has survived and survived well these – keeping them at bay – and whenever these voices got some space, the social weaving came to heal the sentiments pushing such voices to the fringes of irrelevance.

We are so ‘common and routine’ about our life and its survival priorities but not about such religious preferences that work to divide us becomes once again clear when a sensitive portrayal of our togetherness in a movie, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, binds Indian and Pakistanis together in a mission – the two nations, the two sworn enemies, the two religious domains – with history of conflicts and hostilities.

And we need to fight fringe voice to preserve this ‘so common and routine’ way of our life – whenever they try to push their course into the mainstream of our conscious – we need to push them away, to beyond even fringes of irrelevance – today or tomorrow.

Religion is an important part of our being but it should always be – as it is in our day to day life – where we decide on our worship routine – where we shape how we need to follow our religion – where we feel a friendly reverence for our Almighty – where we ‘routinely’ fear about repercussions of doing something bad, something that will hurt and thus will anger our God.

We should decide on our religious preferences and practices. Religion should never decide on who we should become.

The conscience of the universal values of humanity should the conscious of every religion –open to changes with changing times – and not the other way round.

We have been and we are resiliently tolerant and we will successfully fight this momentary, peripheral surge of intolerance.

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

IF JDU-RJD-CONGRESS ALLIANCE GETS CLEAR MANDATE IN BIHAR?

WHAT IT TELLS ABOUT NATION’S POLITICS AND SOCIETY..

Given the fact that the broad issues that the Bihar elections are pinned on revolve around caste, religion and community arithmetic, the outcome of the polls will be interesting to watch for how they would affect the further political discourse in the country on some issues doing rounds in the national consciousness.

— The poll result will, first of all, tell vehemently that the Delhi poll debacle was not an aberration but was a clear indication of things and days to come – an ominous signal which was conveniently ignored by BJP. The logic will be supported well by BJP’s poor show in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra civic polls which preceded the ‘no-go’ in Bihar.

— The most worrying social aspect of it is that the country is indeed going through a rough patch with real threat of communal and caste-based flare-ups if the fringe elements and intolerant voices are not reined in now.

— The message will be that people are not taking developments like FTII row or appointments to other institutions, JNU row, reservation policy row or the ongoing legacy wars to claim legacies of the political luminaries from the country’s past.

— It will be a direct testimony on BJP’s performance. The message will be that the NDA government, so far, has failed to perform effectively on its promises of governance and development. BJP lost even in Jayapur in Panchayat polls, a village adopted by Narendra Modi in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. It will further reinforce the demand that people need concrete development now, not even a blueprint will do.

— Narendra Modi will need to do some serious thinking about his political branding and imagery now, given the fact that the Bihar assembly election was basically a direct personal fight between Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar from JDU. Nitish had left the JDU-BJP alliance in Bihar on NDA’s projection of Narendra Modi as its prime-ministerial candidate and had stepped down after JDU’s crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha election last year. Also, it is not about other BJP leaders but about Narendra Modi. People have given BJP absolute majority because of Narendra Modi and Narendra Modi will obviously be worried about his political legacy.

— We can soon see Shiv Sena walking out of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra. The alliance has been in consistent controversies ever since the two old alliance partners came together again last year. Shiv Sena, the big brother-turned-humiliated-junior partner in Maharashtra is freshly recharged from its gains in Maharashtra civic polls, the first big shot post Maharashtra assembly polls in 2014, the polls in which BJP has performed poorly. The ongoing war of words between Uddhav Thakeray, the Shiv Sena chief, and Devendra Fadnavis, the Maharashtra chief minister, may precipitate into something big soon.

— The outcome will make it mandatory for BJP to do course correction with its politics, especially in the light of the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab (2016) and Uttar Pradesh (2017) – with realizations and changed requirements post the debacle in the Bihar assembly polls. BJP’s alliance with SAD in Punjab is not so smooth and the party has lost every subsequent election in UP after the grand show in the Lok Sabha election in May 2014.

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

IF NDA GETS CLEAR MANDATE IN BIHAR?

WHAT IT TELLS ABOUT NATION’S POLITICS AND SOCIETY..

Given the fact that the broad issues that the Bihar elections are pinned on revolve around caste, religion and community arithmetic, the outcome of the polls will be interesting to watch for how they would affect the further political discourse in the country on some issues doing rounds in the national consciousness.

— The outcome will convey the message that the situation is not as bad as is being projected – that the ‘growing culture of intolerance’ or ‘strengthening fringe voices’, though disturbing, are not disturbing enough to affect the electoral mindsets yet – something that is the primary or the only electoral concern of every political outfit.

— Or there has been no such atmosphere on the ground expect some standalone incidents and what has been presented so far on this front, is basically a splendid political imagination and propaganda.

— That, BJP’s humiliating loss in the Delhi assembly polls was more an aberration than a trend – and that BJP is performing well on its promises. The party would then emphatically like to convey that Delhi’s loss was basically due to ‘lock stock and barrel’ transfer of Congress votes to Aam Aadmi Party and not due to its ‘alleged’ non-performance in Delhi through the Lieutenant-Governor’s office or due to the negative impact that the growing fringe voice brought home. To support this, the party has in its courtyard the evergreen logic that its vote share remained the same, even if it could register win in just three assembly seats.

— That, the country’s society is getting more open about the ‘reservation debate’ – that the widespread social feeling is in sync with the deepening perception that the ‘whole affirmative action policymaking’ needs an overhaul now – after decades of ‘status quo’ compromised by political compulsions.

— That Narendra Modi is still the most popular political leader of India and still commands people’s trust.

— That BJP still has better chances to fight and win the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, something that will further bolster its claims to retake the Indian Parliament again in 2019 General Elections.

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

BIHAR POLLS: ‘MAKE OR BREAK’ FOR POLITICAL DISCOURSE IN INDIA

Bihar assembly polls are, no doubt, make or break for many – for Nitish Kumar, for Sharad Yadav, for Lalu Yadav and for a humiliated Congress that is desperately trying to find that elusive way that can put it back on the path to revival.

But Bihar polls are also a ‘make or break’ proposition for the ‘overall health’ of the political discourse in the country – a discourse that has been sullied much in last one year or so.

Yes, in the prevailing political scenario in the country, and based on that – at least 10 years from now, India has no other political figure but Narendra Modi to look to. We can safely say so, going by the current realpolitik of the country, that India has no other leader than Narendra Modi who can be a prime-ministerial stuff.

And it is because of Narendra Modi’s image as an efficient administrator, as an adept marketer and as a clean politician that has ‘efficiently’ spoken for his controversial political past.

India is the world’s largest democracy, in fact, is a robustly functional one – and therefore, it has to be run politically – by politically elected representatives – that happens in a democracy.

The electorate largely found that Narendra Modi was the best hope for India – in May 2014 – when the country was reeling under the mess created by the previous political establishment.

Narendra Modi remains the best and in fact the only person to steer India ahead – in these tumultuous political currents and undercurrents.

Provided he clears the way ahead.

Provided he efficiently scuttles the political undercurrents emerging now.

The way ahead that now looks chocked and bottlenecked – in the first 17 months of the Modi government.

Narendra Modi is clean but same cannot be said about political corruption and bureaucratic apathy. Yes, no one had expected any miracle but people need some blueprint now.

Claims now need to go beyond ‘mere claims’ and ‘tokenisms’ – to clear ‘imprints’ of the road ahead. People now don’t buy political promises beyond a point and BJP saw it in Delhi with a humiliating and deafening poll loss.

It is not about which ideology the person belongs to. It is fair enough that institutions will have more persons with rightwing affiliations as this ideology is in government now – and every government does so – at least in India of the day that is beset with that sort of political culture. But that should never be the pretext to fill the ranks with inefficient people like Gajendra Chauhan for that matter, the vice-chancellors of many central universities.

And above all, Narendra Modi must now quell the fringe voices that have been vitiating the social fabric of the country – a country that saw a bitter, bloody partition – based on two religions. He must control and suppress fanatic and religiously bigoted voices. He must ruthlessly abort any more attempts to affect the atmosphere of tolerance in the country. He must clearly say a ‘big no’ now to political and politically-religious elements on the prowl.

The nation has enough of beef politics and ‘cow politics’. It must stop now. Cow has always been, in every age, revered by the Hindus and they don’t need politicians and religious leaders to remind them of their duty (or preference).

BJP and Narendra Modi need to see the Delhi poll debacle in the light of these ‘facts’. If they still consider the Delhi outcome as an aberration, it may prove out to be a costly mistake in Bihar.

A loss in Bihar would push BJP to introspect on these 17 months, on voices on the prowl in these 17 months, on disturbing trends that have disturbed the society, that have disturbed a nation.

On the contrary, a BJP win in Bihar may embolden such elements even further, vitiating the atmosphere even more, engulfing our multi-religious society even further.

A BJP win in Bihar assembly polls may further take such political drifters and fringe elements away from Narendra Modi’s control.

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