Skip to main content

Congress, Left lack strategy to counter "dangerous" trend for the future of India

By Sheshu Babu
Many analysts have pointed out the 'interim' budget as 'populist', promising 'sops' to many sections of society. Most of these promises are, in actuality, the need of the hour for weaker sections, which have been long overdue. But, will these promises be kept after elections? Yet, the fact is, while presenting the budget, many crucial questions remained unanswered.
Thus, the rate of unemployment has reached the highest since 1972, and the question has not been addressed. Former finance minister P Chidambaram said, "It was not a voter on account budget but an account for votes".
The losses due to goods and services tax (GST), and economic fallout due to demonetisation, the destruction of prestigious institutions by arbitrary appointments, etc, have led the country to economic and social decline in the past four and a half years. Analysing failures, G Ramachandran observes, "It is this overall failure of the Modi government that should worry us."
Opposition not behind
Main opposition, the Congress, too is not lagging behind in announcing 'promises' to people if it is voted to power. Proposals like basic income guarantee scheme, loan waiver to farmers, jobs generation, etc are being publicized to appease the distressed public. Even regional parties are contributing their bit to show 'mirage' to the ordinary masses in various states.
People are facing loud and prolonged jingoism on one side and soft-talk of tall claims on the other side. Political atmosphere is confusing and filled with false information and arguments.Thus, the future is uncertain and danger of another authoritarian government cannot be ruled out after the elections.
In an article elaborating on the present-day scenario, GG Parekh and Neeraj Jain write:
"...Even if the opposition does indeed manage to form government at the centre, even assuming that the government remains a stable government unlike the drama going on in Karnataka, the important question is whether it can indeed fight the challenge posed by BJP. That is because, firstly,the challenge -- indeed the threat -- posed by BJP is no ordinary challenge, but is the danger of fascism: and secondly, the economic agenda of the opposition, as proven by the policies implemented by it wherever it has been in power , both at the center ( like the UPA government from 20o4 - 2014) and in the states, has not been fundamentally different from the policies of the Modi government of the years 2019."
Left in splinters
While the left and communist movements has had great impact -- from liberation struggle of Telengana, West Bengal peasant uprising, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh struggles and latest farmers' agitation in Maharashtra , etc -- they are unable to form a potent viable alternative. They are looking for parties like Congress to support.
Mobilising people by impressing upon them the need to protect democracy has not taken a definite shape. A strong effort to counter fascism is lacking and this is a dangerous trend for the future of the country.
The first step to counter the political milieu is organizing people to save constitution. In order to save constitution, democracy must be saved. Activists like Gadar and Swami Agnivesh should come together to explain the gross violations of constitution by the rulers.
Conferences and public meetings must be held in villages and remote areas to inform people of fake news, false and vicious propaganda, indoctrination of unscientific values, communal and caste hatred, huge scams, corruption, etc. All factions of left and socialists, human rights activists, people supporting reforms, progressive elements, etc should come forward to save the nation from the clutches of fascism.
Only if democracy is restored and tenets of constitution protected, would there be a chance of marching towards revolution. This is the time to seriously think of action plan in the coming months.

Comments

TRENDING

Nirma varsity demand for higher fees 'illegal', violates Article 14: Letter to Gujarat HC

Counterview Desk
Students of Gujarat’s top private institute, Nirma University, situated in the outskirts of Ahmedabad, in a letter to the Chief Justice the state High Court, have complained that the authorities are demanding “full fees” from students, without taking into account the “disproportionate impact” the lockdown has on the livelihood of students and families.

Buddhist shrines massively destroyed by Brahmanical rulers in "pre-Islamic" era: Historian DN Jha's survey

By Our Representative
Prominent historian DN Jha, an expert in India's ancient and medieval past, in his new book, "Against the Grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History", in a sharp critique of "Hindutva ideologues", who look at the ancient period of Indian history as "a golden age marked by social harmony, devoid of any religious violence", has said, "Demolition and desecration of rival religious establishments, and the appropriation of their idols, was not uncommon in India before the advent of Islam".

Vulnerable to Covid-19, sharp rise in murder of Indian journalists during pandemic

By Nava Thakuria*
Vulnerability of working journalists in India is no way an alien issue as the populous country loses a number of working journalists to assailants as also medical emergencies. Even though there was only one casualty in the Indian media fraternity during the first half of 2020, who was targeted for journalistic work, India has begun witnessing an alarming number of media casualties during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Govt 'assures' Gujarat HC no action against MBBS students defying corona sahayak order

By Our Representative
The Gujarat government has assured the High Court that no action would be taken against Part-I and Part-II MBBS students of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)-controlled NHL Medical College and LG Hospital and Medical College. The assurance follows the direction by Justice SH Vora to the State government not to prosecute or initiate action against the students who were defying the college authorities’ order to work as corona sahayaks (helpers).

Renounced US citizenship to serve workers, tribals, Sudha Bharadwaj 'odiously' in jail

By Atul, Sandeep Pandey*
Professor Sudha Bharadwaj has been in jail since August 2018. She was taken into police custody on August 26, 2018 on suspicion of being involved in Maoist terror activities after Republic TV claimed that she had allegedly written a letter to Maoists and was conspiring to create public disorder and unrest in India.

Plant organic, eat fresh: Emlen Bage's journey from migrant labour to agri-entrepreneur

By Chandrashekar and Kriti*
Who is a farmer? Type this question in the google search and check out the images? You can see men thronging the screen. This is the popular perception around the globe. Well one can understand how difficult it would be for a woman to defy this perception.

Ex-official: Murmu, appointed as CAG, will 'surely' perform shradh of the institution

Counterview Desk
A former senior official of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), Shantanu Basu, in a Facebook comment in the wake of the appointment of GC Murmu, a Gujarat IAS cadre official of the 1985, has raised doubts about the independence of CAG following the Government of India move.

High youth unemployment: India 'fails' to take advantage of demographic dividend

By Varun Kumar
As coronavirus pandemic continues amplifying challenges among youth with regard to employment opportunities, government policies have further resulted in economic slowdown, leading to mass unemployment and loss jobs. According to the International Labour Organisation report “Covid-19 and the World of Work” (May 27, 2020), around 94 percent of the world’s workers are living in countries with some sort of workplace closure measures in place.

Dichotomy? US Hindutva groups oppose racism, mum on Modi's 'anti-minority' stance

By Our Representative
The Hindus for Human Rights (HHR), a US-based advocacy group, has noticed a major dichotomy between the stance taken by RSS’ US arm, Hindu Swayamsewak Sangh (HSS), expressing “shock” at the “painful killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others”, all of which suggest “the tragic tale of racial injustice” in US, and HSS’ “hatred” for India’s religious minorities and Dalits.