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  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

    by » 9 years ago


    But that shifting when a party thins is just for leadership.We have to recognise such persons and excile them from politics for ever.Here one party denies ticket which is exploited by the opposite party.In that adjustment a real member who was working for his party for a long period loses his/her chance while the new comer enjoys all the benefits.What do you think on this?

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  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

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    @Abid

    As I intend to cover all the important events sequentially which I have tried in part and once that is completed, I am sure, it would be perfectly clear whcy such things are happening.If I have to answer your question in brief,it's the complete absensce of both moral and political values among the leaders of our political parties and with passage of each day ,these have been hitting new lows!Neither they are evolving new healthy practices nor are they following the good old ones.Bankruptcy is total and ominous for Indian democracy! If all the political parties agree to follow a convention of not allowing any opportunistic immoral elements to enter their parties the problem you have mentioned can be very effectively tackled!

  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

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    To pick up the thread from where I left in covering some of significant events which greatly influenced and shaped the politics of our country.My earlier posts dealt with Nehru days and years and now I want to cover the most important decades which I personally believe were the momentous years as Indian democracy faced the most serious challenge and survived in its own heroic way!

    When Nehru left the political scene of the country he never thought of promoting any dynasty of his own and in fact the country found a worthy and capable leader in late Shastriji and his slogan'Jai Jawan,Jai Kissan' only reflects the kind of philosophical and pragmatic thought that ruled his minds.Unfortunately his tragic and untimely end robbed the country of the services of a far-sighted leader.Which death also marked the beginning of a political era which witnessed several interesting developments.Declining popularity of Congress Party, the formation of a Non-Congress Government in UP led by late Charan Singh,emergence of Indira Gandhi as a choice of the Syndicate, bitter feud breaking out between the two and ultimate parting of ways and division of the oldest political organization of the country!Let me continue in my next post.

  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

    by » 9 years ago


    Chinmoy has rightly stated that Nehru did not want dynastic role. He was a true democrat. In fact, after demise, Lal Bahadur Shastri took over. Indira Gandhi had her own merit and we cannot say that she was elevated to Prime Ministerial job only because of her family link. But things differed after her death. Rajiv Gandhi was quickly place in Prime Minister's chair whereas Indira Gandhi had to wait for formal election by her parliamentary group and in the meanwhile Gulzari Lal Nanda was caretaker Prime Minister. In fact, all democratic traditions were demolished by Indira Gandhi. she declared emergency just because she was unseated from her parliamentary seat consequent on adverse court decision. This shows her contempt for judiciary and parliamentary/ democratic traditions. Indira Gandhi is to congress what Aurangzeb was to Mogul empire. The slogans raised by Dev Kant Barua- Indira is India- still remins us of the days of emergency. This type of slogan was not raised even in Hitler's Germany

    Most opposition party emerged from disintegration of congress. The BJP (former Jan Sangh outfit) emerged as a strong organization on communal agenda after demolishing Babri Mosque. But that party had to forge a coalition and could not carry on communal agenda owing to coalition politics..

    Presently, there are three parties/ groups at central level. Congress, BJP and Left. Despite all drawbacks, congress is a stabilization force. Strong congress means united India. However, Post Nehru congress is not entirely secular. The massacre of Sikhs in 1984 establishes communal color of congress. In Gujarat, Congress leadership consists of RSS activists. If BJP is saffron, Congress is yellow. Bjp is a Hindutva party and congress is soft Hindutva organization. Congress can change itself like chameleon to suit the actual conditions. Staying in power is now only aim of congress. Same is true of BJP.

    The two party system consists mainly of Congress and BJP at the centre. The Left either supports united front of other parties also backed by Congress or Congress led Government. The regional parties aim to remian in power. so, they ally with Congress or BJP for remaining in power. Mamata Banerjee was a minister in BJP led NDA as well as Congress led UPA. Thus ther is total opportunism at the centre. At state level, there is unlimited opportunism. We have seen this recently in Karnataka. Abid has rightly pointed out the sheer opportunism of various parties in Kerala.

    We may just hope that enlightened citizens and journalists will take efforts to educate people to enable them to play positive role for honest and ethical politics.

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  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

    by » 9 years ago


    As Gulshan has covered some of the important events in the late-seventies and eighties and I would deal with certain salient features of them.The critical appreciation of this phase of Indian politics is necessary to find the causes of deviations which we witness today.As I already mentioned in one of early posts that Mrs.Gandhi had a complex personality of her own.Looking at the circumstances under which some veteran leaders of the Congress Party who formed themselves into a group which was also known as Syndicate chose her for the post of prime ministership of the country.Some political analysts sensed a dark design on the part of this Old Brigade to do some back-seat driving through this arrangment and Mrs Gandhi took due note of this and started demolishing this old order of Congress first by projecting them as a group of people of retrograde and antiquated ideas.Her "Garibi Hatao" slogan and banks nationalization had to be understood in this context.Then came the Presidential election and she chose this event to force showdown with the party veterans. She engineered a split in the party and ensured the victory of V.V.Giri over the party nominee N.Sanjeeva Reddy.Perhaps the high point of her career was India's decisive victory over Pakistan in 1971 which enabled her to eastablished her rule firmly which fetched her fame of a fabulous kind.Even Atal Bihari Vajpayee likened her to Mother Durga!

    This phase of her sowed the seeds of dictatorial ambitions in her.She was always suspicipus of popularity of any leader throwing any challenge to her leadership.Promotion of mediocrity and sychopancy were the salient features of her rule during this period.The concept of 'committed bureaucracy' and 'committed judiciary' was dangerouly propogated and practised.Things reached such a point that J.P. Narayan who never cared for any public office came out to launch a vigorous movement throughout the country against her rule which ulimately led to clamping of emergency marking the lowest point in her career.What she and her youngest did in the name of emergency should be an eye-opener to all.Whatever one might say about the wisdom of Indian electorate,they did exhibit in ample measure in the ensuing elections and she was dethroned from power and a motley group of political parties under the banner of "Janta Party' captured power for the first time in Independent India.I would deal with it in my next post.

  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

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    The formation of Janta Party was a unique experiment in India politics .From the very outset it was clear that ideological conflicts and contradictions would make it
    impossible to survive.In its a little over two-years' existence the government formed by it under former veteran Congress leader Morarji Desai kept itself more busy in
    addressing the inner squabbles among the constituents than solving the basic issues which confronted the nation.It was no wonder that the government fell like a house of cards paving the return of Indra Gandhi and she did return by winning the next elections.She returned as a different person but not a reformed one.Within the very first few months of her tenure she lost her youngest son who died under very tragic circumstances.Late Sanjay Gandhi who became an extra constitutional authority during the emergengy and was being groomed as her successor thus left the India political scene on a tragic note! His departure also left a very big problem for her in executing
    her dynastic ambitions.She was known to be suffering from an acute insecurity complex as she did not trust any congress leader and search for her successor was confined to her family and thus began another diastrous attempt to groom her elder son late Rajiv Gandhi for the job.Her tragic assassination brought an end to a very controversial chapter in Indian poltics.Although she was immensely popular not only in India but elsewhere too,but her negative legacies on Indian democracy are being pursued more vigorously than ever before.Appointment of party sychophants to the post of governors who act as pointsmen for the party,polticization of bureaucray and personality cult are the ones which are being pursued more brazenly than ever before!
    Promotion of families is her contribution to Indian politics which is nothing but subversion of Indian democracy and all we have to remain vigilant to eliminate this serious flaw in Indian democracy!

  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

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    The discussion is coming to close. Let me summarize. After partition, India opted parliamentary democratic system, quasi federal structure consisting of states and union and division of functions between Executive, legislature and judiciary. The biggest challenge was the numerous princely states. Under direction of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the princely states were merged with Indian Union.

    For first few decades, Congress had absolute majority in entire country. However, certain non congress leaders- Rajaji of Swatantra Party, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee of Bhartiya Jan Sangh (now in new avatar of BJP), Minoo Masani, Dr. Lohia, Jai Prakash Narayan also contributed to healthy development of our political system. Communist Party of India was besides Congress only organization that existed prior to independence. The Communists also played their role in raising common peoples problems in parliament and organizing workers and farmers outside parliament.

    After Death of Pt Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri took over. He gave the slogan- Jai Jawan Jai Kissan, which is relevant even today. His death was unfortunate and untimely. Indira Gandhi succeeded him. We witnessed formation of Bangla Desh (Earlier East Pakistan), Emergency and formation of Janata Party Government under Morarji Desai. Indira Gandhi returned to power after short spell of power by Janata Party.

    Congress got weaker after death of Indira Gandhi. we witnessed Babri Mosque demolition that resulted from communal frenzy. BJP and allies (NDA) came to power in an emotion charged environment. The era of one party rule ended. The caste based parties and regional organizations strengthened. Presently, there are broadly two parties- Congress and BJP- that form government at centre in coalition with other parties. The other parties are unstable. Some of them can ally with any. Left parties support either Congress or other non BJP- non Congress party but they do not themselves participate in Government.

    Corruption in public life is akin to cancer and is destroying our system. There are virtually no moral standards. The executive and judiciary also overlap each others functions. We need to tackle corruption and ensure that all wings of our system, Legislature, Judiciary, Executive and also Press, the fourth estate function within their limits honestly keeping in view genuine public interest and not encroach upon others authority. We need to check vote bank politics. Independent citizens and media have greater responsibility. The recent elections in Bihar indicate that people are rising above caste and voting on performance. Let us hope for the best. We shall rise to the top. Our people have immense energy and potential to make India a great nation.

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  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

    by » 9 years ago


    As the discussion has entered almost into its last lap I would like to dovote this post only on the events of eighties and nineties which had left profound impact on the polity of our nation which still remains very much fractured on caste and creed running counter to the very essence of what India stands for 'Unity in Diversity'.I would particularly mention the rise of communal politics in India ,religious fundamentalism and BJP's emergence as the dominant political force in the horizon and various permutations and combinations in opposition parties' efforts to form government at the centre and Congress's declining fortunes at the hustings.

    Although Rajiv Gandhi rode a sympathy wave to score a landslide victory his relative inexperience and immaturity led to loss of this goodwill in no time.He was instrumental in reviving the contentious Ram Mandir issue which the BJP seized to capture state power subsequently.Similarly V.P.Singh's espousal of Mandal issue caused further division in Indian society and a large part of the late eighties and early nineties kept the nation busy wasting its vital energies and resources in keeping ourselves together!I would conclude in my next post.

  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

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    As you might have all observed that in all my posts prior to this,I have tried to highlight all th seamy aspects of our democratic system and it working over all these decades.It has to be accepted that this system has worked well enough but not to our satisfaction mainly because of the fact that those who have been entrusted with the job have miserably failed in their jobs but the system has not failed us!There are enough danger signals the system has generated and it for the people of India to read these danger signals and act effectively to arrest this fallling trend. Gulshan has emphasised the fact that the enlightened sections of our society to take lead in retrieving the system from th hands of corrupt,immoral and criminal elements among the politicians.The task is a formidable one but no impossible.

    Unless we have a very good idea of the magnitude of the hurdles lying before us ,talk of finding solution to this problem would sound hollow and purely academic!The government on its own appointed committees on criminilization of politics and electoral reforms.What actions have the government taken?It is interesting to note that the same MPs who could be so uniquely unanimous in passing bills to raise their salaries and perks are divided on taking drastic steps to reform our electoral system.Why can't we have a right to recall an MP if his service record justifies it?
    All these darkly point to conspiratorial silence on the part of our elected representatives to thrive in present situations.

    However,I am an optimist and would continue to harbor optimism on this count.I have great hopes in our youth and it's their duty to raise their voice to free the system from some fatal flaws which not only undermines the democratic ethos but endangers the future of the country and that of them.With these words I come to conclude my views on this topic .Thanks you all!

  • Re: Real politics and Indian politics

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    OK Friends that is the end of this real neck to neck fight.Let us now wait for the result to be declared.Once again thanks for all members who very keenly observed the fight between two super masters of GD forum as well as the Boddunan Family.

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