Reversing Democracy

It took thousands of years to get democracy as a method to elect the government. Out of 100 odd countries where democracy exists in some form or another, very few countries succeeded in constitutionally implementing democratic moralities.

Credit: The Economists | 2017

After Europe and USA, India is the only country in Asia where the federal system of parliamentarian government rules the country which gets elected by a greater sense of democratic values in the election methods. The idea of equal representation of every class, caste, creed, culture, and community into the parliament of India has been best served constitutionally. This is not so perfectly formed even in the USA. 

We must thank our forefathers who have devoted so much time and hard works to make the constitution which ensures freedom for every one of us. Not even the USA had the right to vote for women until 1981. India had implemented the law of universal adult franchise since the very first general election in India in the year 1952. 

Our first general election was not easy, while we were copying the electoral process from the west. Our social fabric was not as much aware as Europe was. We had no electors record or voter lists back then. We had no roads, bridges, and maps to ensure everyone’s participation in the election. Even we had no mechanism to figure if the person has voted or not voted or if have voted twice. Our first chief election commissioner Shri Sukumar Sen had ideated the indelible blue ink to mark the finger of the voter. Custody, safety, security and surety of ballot box was another major challenge in a country where all national highways were under the watch of regional bandits or dacoits.

Today, after 67 years of our first election, India is facing its biggest challenge. This is the reason I am talking about democracy today because tomorrow we may not have any elections in India ever after 2019. We all are murdering our democracy, we are tearing apart our constitution. We are going back to tyrannical slavery… this may be the last time someone is able to write an article about the freedom we so relinquished.  

Pulwama Attack & Use of Militancy

"Kashmir is a part of India because in 1947 neither Radcliff nor India-Pak Border Demarcation Committee ever suggested Kashmir to be ceded from India for Pakistan. As the deadline to set free these two Asian Subcontinent approached, the last viceroy of India could not help but declared that all princely states are free to join either of the sides after independence. Under this clause too, the last king of Kashmir, Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession Act 1947 in favor of India. So, all international laws agree to the fact that Kashmir belongs to India. Pakistan’s argument is that if the majority of Kashmiri’s are Muslims how can a Hindu king decide the fate of Kashmiris. The answer is, India is a secular country and doesn’t classify its people based upon any religion or ethnic identity. Here, again Pakistan claims fall short of credible argument against India. 

Over a period of 70 years, religious outfits in South Asia have polarized the people vehemently. Hindu Extremists like RSS & HMS have demanded a Hindu Nation and in response, Muslim and Christians along with Hindus living within Indian territories drifted away from the idea of India.
All nations in the world having a religious identity are facing extreme violence. Still, the majoritarian right-wing outfits of India wants India to become a religious state. This is where conflict arises. In this lunatic aspiration of a religious nation, Hindus and Muslim hardliners are equally damaging and equally ready for the war. It is just that Muslims are in minority, they’re able to play the victim card. 
India has a large population which is secular, plural and/or atheist. They want India to be secular, democratic and republic. These people are less in the proportion of the right-wing population. Hence, the loudness of these lunatics is jarring the very debate between progressive and regressive groups.
Violence has always been the tool of the ruling power. Army used to be an organization under the command of the head of the state. Its primary objective was to safeguard the dominion from foreign invasion but its usefulness reduced after international treaties upon state-borders. Post-world-war-two, the scope of war reduced significantly. For Armies to remain important, they needed enemies. International border treaties revoked the possibilities of any direct offense among national armies. Hence, military groups without any land base have been created. These military groups are called terrorists. They are an improved version of bandits. Bandits used to fight with police, terrorists fight with the army. Terrorism is an excuse for the state politicians to keep the army relevant and keep the weapon industry running. While weapon trade is profitable for state rulers, terrorism also keep the common people busy in a dogfight. In feudal chest thumping, they forget their real pain of unemployment, social insecurity, medical facilities, education and right to live a dignified life.
Anywhere in the world, the military has not solved any conflict to date. Terrorism is keeping us busy in hatred. This pseudo war between national armies (states) and guerrilla armies (terrorists) is killing our own bovine people. Our people, soldiers or common people, are dying so that states and terrorists accrue their bills incurred as an expense of war. Our blood is their profit.
They have successfully botched the hard-earned democracy by this artificial militancy. They are killing us to kill democracy.

Learning begins with unlearning

Any construction of a high-rise tower begins with digging the land to create strong base. This depth of the base is directly proportional to height of the tower. 

"It has been observed that people who have learned left hand drive vehicles do fatal mistakes when they are attempting to learn right hand drive vehicles. I was once nearly escaped death when I was learning to drive Classic Royal Enfield 350 because I was expert in driving latest Royal Enfield Motor Bikes and the placing of Clutch, Gear and Breaks of the both the vehicles are designed opposite. 

In learning life skills, each one us have an attached past. A past which has made us learn things which is hinderance in learning more important tools or skills. We all have pre-conceived notions about certain people, place, behavior, art or skills. Like, when I was living with my parents in a small town far away from any known city, my family used to discuss in dinner table about traffic in city. Road accidents, pollution, traffic used to be our argument to feel pity about city life. A common knowledge was that poor people from our village used to die in city traffic because they often fail gel with the city traffic. When everyone started talking about me coming to Indore for higher education, I was terribly scared about the traffic of city. It took more than a month for me to learn how to cross the busy roads. And because anyone would laugh at me if at all I share with people about my phobia, I used to lie low and remain silent. I used to follow my classmates in whatever they decide hoping to be with the crowed and no one will ever suspect that I am scared of crossing roads. I was not able to deal with this phobia not only because I was scared of crossing roads but also being irrelevant and not-so-cool person among my peers. This fictitious fear was my first target… I had to learn that my parents never lived in the kind of city I have arrived, they have only seen such cities in TV or in some pictures. So, I had to unlearn for learning how-to live-in this city respectfully. Such kind of attached learning often comes from our parenting, schooling or peer-groups performance pressure. It also depends upon who have played what role in our life and how much. Two things are observed about professionals in their leadership practices. One, we quickly learn bad things from the good people we meet in life because admiration brings fantasy. Second, we tend to miss the core learning objective as planned and pick up something which was never in the agenda and/or is not helpful. 
One of the most important part of unlearning is undoing the expectations from the proposed learning. The moment we join a Karate Class, we think we will become Jacky Chan or Bruce Lee in a year or so. In Fact, when Prince Siddhartha left his palace in his penance to become Lord Buddha the first thing that he was told to learn was to disconnect himself from any possible expectations out of his deeds. Trimming down loads of expectations from self and surrounding is one such event of unlearning that fosters learning in its true spirit. It is important to remember that expectations and objectives are two different things! It is advised to slash expectations but not to give up the objective of learning.  

My political belief

"My vision is that everyone irrespective of their history must be allowed to participate in ensuring the progress of mankind without endangering any human or group of humans" 
- Jitendra Rajaram 

Politics is a power struggle between “Handful powerful elites” and “Millions of weak & poor people”. The ruling power is a temporary state of equilibrium. This equilibrium is the sum of positive and negative powers like religion, wealth, societies, people unions, custom, culture, and ethnicities etc. This equilibrium can be managed and sustained through various funnels like autocracy, theocracy, plutocracy, and democracy. Each one of these funnels has their merits and demerits. Each one of them gives larger control to the “Few powerful elites” and a little control to the “Millions of weak and poor people”. Out of all these funnels, democracy is one thing that provides a reasonably OK power balance between “Elites & Weak”. 

In a democracy, a lot of ideas, beliefs, demands, negotiations and similar claims throw their hats. People trails every one of them, each one of them gets people’s vote. Those who are voted to the maximum accedes to the power and aforesaid equilibrium sustains for say five years or so.  

Before democracy, it used to be sectarian leaders hailing from the different set of communities, tribes, group of people, professional unions, military super-powers etc. who used to assemble at one place to collectively agree upon accepting anyone among them as their leader i.e. a king. This is called autocracy; a king may sound autocratic but used to be absolutely a prodigy of these sectarian leaders. During this pre-democracy era, commoners (i.e. Millions of weak people) were having negligible representation. However, even in a democracy, this representation is insufficient but so far it is the most.  

As Nehru said, “democracy is not perfect but so far one of the best because It ensures everyone’s participation in the governance”. This is why, for as long as anything better than democracy is not evolving, I believe upon democracy. 

Contrary to an established delusion, democracy is not limited to election or referendum. It is not just that we have to vote and wait until we are called to vote again. Had democracy been just this, by now, it would have been reduced to merely majoritarian bossism over minorities and apartheid. Democracy means ensuring equal representation of every sect, class, caste, community, religion, gender, ethnicity, belief and ideology in the house where policy frameworks are taking shapes.

Thus, my political struggle is to ensure that everyone without any biases gets the opportunity to represent their clan. Everyone should feel safe in the territory where justice is ensured and everyone is able to make conscious decisions. In my political endurance, I don’t side with poor to delegitimize rich or skewed to apartheid to blame elites for everything. My vision is that everyone irrespective of their history must be allowed to participate in ensuring the progress of mankind without endangering any human or group of humans. 

Here comes the problem, how are we going to balance progress and justice? Any progressive society tends to offend the present system. This is called disruption! If we are making a new constitution than old one has to go. If we are making a policy which contradicts any existing policy than only either one of it will survive. This is natural… but which one will I chose and which one will deny will define how good politician I am. This is where I remember the old Sanskrit Couplet. 

विद्यां ददाति विनयं विनयाद् याति पात्रताम् ।
पात्रत्वात् धनमाप्नोति धनात् धर्मं ततः सुखम् ॥

My personal goal as a politician is to attain as much knowledge I could so that I can develop a pearl of wisdom. The wisdom which enables a person in decision making without adulterating his/her own ethical beliefs and without damaging the basic fabrics of mankind.

This is easier said than done… Wisdom is one thing which is always under the scanner! You have done a million thing right but the moment you do one thing wrong you’re done. So, let me explain my beliefs based on real-life challenges our society is facing. I will continue to add on this list as and when my fellow human being asks my view upon something. 

1. Ideology
Quite more than often, I am tagged as a communist. If a person is kind, he assumes I am a socialist. In any way, I am against right-wing, particularly theocracy. I deny each and every religious supremacy of the world. 
I believe, Socialism induces corruption and capitalism increases greed. This is why in both the systems… the bottom of the pyramid remains poor and discarded. Hence, I believe in the Nehru’s idea of Socialism & Capitalism Mixed system. 
Moreover, it is no longer the question of ideology. The real question is how to multiply the ability of an individual by developing co-habitable society. 
So, I am not against capitalism but more inclined towards socialism. I do not follow any religion but do not interfere in people’s religious outlook. So, my belief is “a Secular Social Democratic Republic State” is the best suitable geopolitical territory, I wish to live in. Thankfully, India is one such geopolitical state.       

2. Religion 
I do not know whether God exists or not and I did not meet even a single person till date who would have helped me find any god. Since no one is sure about the existence of God, a lot of people have assumed god exists. Their assumptions are based on infatuations and in a similar way, I have assumed that there is no god. I wish someday I will be proved wrong. I will be happy to be proved wrong because I want to meet God if he/she/it exists.

However, I have a lot of friends who love to debate with me about the concept of religion. I inadvertently disagree with any religion whatsoever simply because every single religion is jealous of every other religion.

I am fond of religious textbooks. Except for the reverence of God, they teach good ethics, morality, and duties of a person. However, every single religion strongly believes that women are less than men. Thus, this particular belief of inequality helps me conclude that religion is against humanity. 

3. Nationalism
States were formed out of empires and empires were formed out of civilizations. When civilizations were transiting to empires, religion played a great role in guarding the ethnic identities. Gradually, this mixture of religion, ethnicity, empire, and geo-cultural practices formed an artificial emotional identity which is called a nation. Nationalism is a lot like religion, it trains people of one nation to discriminate with the people of other nationalities. 

Hence, I believe nationalism is a temporary and artificial state of emotion which separates one person from other living in different borders and generates a fictitious sense of brotherhood among the people living within the same national boundaries which exists only in the book and not in real practices.

4. Casteism
A gradual practice of social subsections based upon competitive performances like hunting, combating, farming, herding, and production etc. has automatically evolved practice of inheriting professions from predecessors. This helped social subsections in mastering their respective professions. However, gradual urbanization and increasing population density pressured the societies for a close knitted lifestyle. A lifestyle that needed external assistance for substandard services like cleaning sewerage or tanning leathers. These were the jobs no one ever wanted to take up. So, society devised methods to decide who will do these substandard jobs. One of most cruel among lots of cruel ways to enforce substandard jobs to a specific set of people was to declare that it in their fate due to the curse of sins committed in a previous birth. A persistent all absorbing lie established in such gravity that it literally has caused genomic degradation of those specific people. This is how casteism took shape. Casteism is a problem originated from the Hindu belief system. However, profession-based discrimination is visible in every religions and section across the world.   

5. Reservation
Resources are limited and demand is very high. Obtaining resources demands unending struggle, this is why everyone wants to keep reserve resources to safeguard their future. We reserve water, food, fuel, and other resources because we know that tomorrow may not be as lucky as was today. 

The quest of keeping reserve had intensified the concept of accumulating wealth. Accumulation of wealth is directly related to the genomic supremacy of castes as defined above. The socio-psychosis depletion of genomic abilities of low caste people has pushed Dalits/Untouchables to inhumane circumstances. A level which cannot be compared with poverty. It is far below poverty because poverty can be the temporary economic status of a person but caste is a permanent stigma, mental fatigue and inability thereby.

Hence reservation for the people who have lived below the animal level for thousands of years generations after generation is the must. An argument against the reservation is emerging that few Dalits are taking the advantage of caste-based reservation since last three-four generations and thus they should give up their reservation. I disagree with this opinion because even if a family benefited from reservation has emerged from a socio-economic crisis but has not recovered from the stigma of being treated as a person belonging to a low status. The said family has yet not emerged from the gnomically wrecked personality level.

* I will continue to add subjects to this article based upon questions and queries of the readers. Thank you!