Monday, December 24, 2007

Celebrating Democracy

In a democracy every vote counts or let us say gets counted (with the grand exception of United States of America).

Majority of our brothers and sisters in Gujarat, for whatever reason it is, voted for the fascist Modi's regime.

I heard Prannoy Roy on NDTV say, "Modi's victory has sent a chill down the spine..."

Are we to get scared? No. You know why? It's because India is a democracy.

Am I ashamed of Modi? Yes, I am. As a chief minister he had a responsibility to protect the lives of all people who live in that state - irrespective of their religious belief.

Am I ashamed of his victory? No, I am not.

I am sure, Modi's turn would come, when he will have to face the justice system of India.

If Hitler had stood in an election in Germany, during the genocide years, Hitler would have swept the elections. Would that make Hitler or his regime in any manner lesser criminals? No.

Indira Gandhi was voted out after the Emergency years. In the space of three years, she was voted back to power. Does that mean the police atrocities under her regime were ratified by the people of India? No.

Election results are not something we need to fear. At least we are having an election - and there are times when people make a choice based on emotions, sometimes in euphoria, or sorrow, or fear.

Modi's victory is a great victory for India's democracy. A big failure for all political parties, including Modi's own party BJP - who couldn't come up with a leader acceptable to the people of Gujarat.

There are fascist Hindus in India. There are Fascist Muslims in India. When they battle it out, innocent Muslims and Hindus get killed. Just that the idiots who follow religion so blindly are not ready to face the truth.

Religions have killed more people in the last 100 years than anything else.

Living in a secular state, where all citizens are equal, is a democratic dream. Never an utopian dream.


Anonymous rohit nair said...

i believe that modi's victory is a severe blow on india's democracy. the fact that the democracy is giving rise to religious fanatics and tyrants is something that we should't be proud of, infact it should make us deeply worried and concerned.

i fail to understand the reason why the people of Gujurat, despite having seen and experienced the violent onslaught of BJP's fascist policies, continue to elect the same party.

the results indicate only one thing- the depth of the religious propaganda that is eroding people's ability to think.

therefore i am ashamed of his victory. because democratic processes are becoming a tool to complement the anti-libertarian propaganda. which is why i agree to prannoy roy's statements.

i agree to your point that modi's regime is no better than an organised crime syndicate. the more important point to note is the mob mentality of gujurat which seems to as dangerous as modi's regime.

1:30 PM  
Blogger McMenon said...

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Modi in Gujarat, CPM in Bengal, Congress elsewhere are all guilty of being anti-people and pro-votebank.

There are many in India, who want to have a vedic-brahmin regime to replace the current political dispensation. It is as bad as what happened in Iran.

Modi will be beaten one day; the long arm of justice will not somehow give him a lucky escape.

Gujarati populace is a deeply fractured society, living in fear and hatred.

Modi didn't steal the election; he won it.

How can I be ashamed of a people who live in constant fear?

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your wisdom. But, at the same time, I am deeply worried.Worried about the relevance of democracy in a society where all the political parties, I mean all, without any excemption, are able to manipulate the ability of public to think independently.What is the relevance of democracy if it's just to reverse the ruling party every 5 years....and political leaders boast that they respect only people's mandate, even when a court find them guilty?

12:08 AM  
Blogger McMenon said...

Democracy is the best form of government we have; a necessary evil if you must.

Democracy would work very well if power gets decentralised.

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not so confident about decentralization of power in democracy. The experiment of decentralization for eg; as we see in Kerala has shown division of power and finance based on religious, communal or ethnic differences. Even at such an early stage if this is the situation how can I be hopeful?At the other end instead, if a political party by muscle power is able to create a one party state even at provincial level, as in W Bengal,it has again no meaning.

2:55 AM  

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