A New Republic Day

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Nothing in material form is permanent other than change. There are classic examples and an enlightening chronology of events in the history of Indian soil where the voice of the people has predominantly been the strongest and never in a slavery of the rulers.

The most distinctive part of human affairs ‘Politics’ however always remained in the minds of the people as an indivisible part of social affairs. A keen anthropologist might come up to resolute that by nature, it's always liberal. Philosophers and social thinkers of the world have recognised this. Every civilized society anywhere in the world has witnessed now and then and learnt that change is not the law of nature only, it is a most required social phenomenon for a better future for all types of governance where people only rule. Every ruler or governance over the time tends to undergo an experience and realize that it is a man in a sea of millions that rules. It means a man rules over a man where civility is the license embossed with social commitments. It works so long as people recognise it and approve it.

One reason behind a Revolution is that people want change that revolves round a living society. And to achieve this, people stake everything for a better change. Revolutions in China, America, France, Russia and 1857 of India all were responsible for bringing about a change in the society. The ancient or the modern 'Bahujan Hitay Bahujan Sukahay' has been there as the spirit of every Revolution. The root meaning of the French slogan which appears in the Preamble of our Constitution lays emphasis on the Indian way of social theory. The Social Contract Theory of John Hobbs and Lock of England is equally the same which revolves round the sole cause of sociability: The Nature of Man. The ancient, the medieval and the modern India can be taken as an isotope of politics by the political thinkers across the world that might ignite the social movement to its height of social cause.

We may feel proud to celebrate the 150th years of India’s first war of independence that took place on the Indian soil 150 years back which unfortunately was a big failure. Unlike French Revolution or American Revolution, India’s First Revolution for freedom of the people couldn’t achieve what it was supposed to. This unforgettable event still haunts the minds of many for one reason: why did it fail? Perhaps the French President Sarakozy as Chief Guest on the eve of India’s 59th Republic Day celebration might have thought for a while. Those named and unnamed pioneers associated with India’s great Revolution were of different faiths but one as Nationalist and they remained as such despite several encountering political and cultural uncertainty. They unitedly work on one point programme only: how to liberate the country from the clutches of the foreign rule.

Today after 150 years, what we as common Indian might think on today’s political scenario? Blue Star Operation, Chakma Refugee, racial, and geographical issues in the North-East States, Pakistan occupied Kashmir and infiltration, Naxalism, Communalism, disputes on the distribution of river water, mountain top promises at the time of elections in which poverty alleviation is the bull’s eye, regionalism and so many other isms of which the casteism alone has substantially harmed the unity and brotherhood of the country. Employment for youths in various sectors has always been a polarizing factor in the minds of youths; reservation policy even now is a pivotal one for the million but a powerful weapon for the politicians. Most remarkably, the rural population is the worst victim. Whose unseen hands are these? Whose political entertainment? India, the sovereign--- how long will it tolerate ? Is there any political party on the soil of the country that works selflessly keeping apart the politics of casteism and giving primary stress on the nationhood and could open a national topic for discussion on: What comes first---Service to the Nation or The Majority??

Longer the rule of a party, deeper the complexities. This is a naked truth if we talk of the longevity of the political nature of a party; a party that keeps something unseen from the reach of a common man. Contrary to this, countrywide social thinkers and national politicians with vision have been fighting against the system inward or outward with a sole reason that nothing hinders the binding force of the people and their belongingness of the nation. This is a profound way of protecting our country’s identity and nationhood. However, belonging to a party has substantially widened the social gap amongst the people of the country in the name of politics with vested interest. Precisely, it is social discrimination and hidden agenda for the sake of running a party. It sounds that service to the nation selflessly is still a baby spoon in the hands of opportunist which is far away from the reach of a crying baby. A blunt example which recently took place is self-explanatory.

In what sense Dr Venugopal was not allowed to continue to serve as AIIMS Director? Was it a subject matter of his efficiency or the policy of a ruling party?

His removal is still a political question and might never be a social one in terms of service to the nation. What is most remarkable is the quick decision just after the resuming the office by the newly elected president who was at all not reluctant to sign the paper put before her by the union health minister. How fast was the proceeding....? Perhaps the fastest one as an example for a government at the center. What was the reason behind ? It was done for one reason: the implementation of the reserved quota for a group of certain people on the basis of their social and economical backwardness for seeking admission in various medical courses which was not acceptable to Dr Venugopal. True. A slice of people won’t have the right to walk through the corridors of the premier AIIMS. But what about the patients from across the country? Will the treatment be given on the basis of reservation? Competency for a skill in medical sciences is not a subject matter of social backwardness of a certain group of any geographical region of the country. It is absolutely a subject matter of knowledge and training and the excellence in the field of a certain area of studies particularly in medical sciences. On the other hand, competency is never confined to a family or caste or region. It is everyone concern in terms of social welfare. This is what nationalism stands for; a mandatory one for discharging fundamental duty for every citizen of the country. Let education be a liberating force rather than a bar of chewing gum in the mouth of a certain group of people or a family party. Education for all is a national topic but unfortunately it has been a relay race since long which lacks foresightedness in achieving national goal. And a party that has ruled for decades has today been found a complete failure in bringing about a social equilibrium where the motive of the governance still bears a number of political questions.

Finally change comes. People , as of now have realized that the gimmick of persona like the making of Rahul Gandhi as General Secretary of a party did not play any magic during the recent elections. It shows that 60% youth of the country and the voters have come with a resolution that they won’t be used as a bar of chewing gum today and in times to come. And today’s youth should stand firm that only equal and united force only will keep them away from the whims and fancy of material gains that has now taken a root in the psyche of budding generation. Confusion and hopelessness, unemployment, deteriorating cultural affinity are some of the diagnosis which need to be addressed and treated by today’s politically enlightened youth of the country. Opportunism is insensible and bound to torn and weaken the edifice of national goal. Indeed, the strength of republic doesn’t rest with a few but the entire people mainly the youth who are not a prey in the hands of hidden agenda. But a committed one to make a powerful republic of great visions the world can witness, learn and benefit from.

Madani Mohiuddin Ahmad, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: 00966-542514538 (KSA), 0091- 9873503721 (New Delhi, India).


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