[Assam] Is the idea of India a failed one?

Chan Mahanta cmahanta at charter.net
Thu May 10 07:27:44 PDT 2007


>As I said yesterday, the plant must be learning 
>to coexist with the pests. How much better >the 
>plant would fare if the pests were eradicated!

That is a lovely metaphor and registers our noble wishes.

Unfortunately people, unlike NRAs or NRIs , 
cannot live off metaphors, no matter how 
beautiful they are.

To know what I mean, read the forwarded 'Rising 
Corruption,Black Money' that came into my mailbox 
from the 'asom' list.











At 9:22 AM -0700 5/9/07, Dilip/Dil Deka wrote:
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>From below - "Guha has recently published a 
>brilliant narrative on post-Independence India — 
>India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s 
>Largest Democracy. "
>
>Has anyone read the book? Is it just a narrative 
>or does it have some analysis also?
>
>The editorial below states the facts as they are 
>- there are flaws but India survives and makes 
>progress as a nation.
>As I said yesterday, the plant must be learning 
>to coexist with the pests. How much better the 
>plant would fare if the pests were eradicated!
>Dilip Deka
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>From the Sentinel
>EDITORIAL » »
>Last updated : WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2007
>The Idea of India
>Is the idea of India a failed one — after about 
>60 years of Independence? It is difficult to 
>answer that. However, what is crystal clear is 
>that India has survived the crises of varied 
>hues, and in the wake of each crisis we have had 
>extraordinary lessons on the cardinality of 
>democracy and better ways to deal with the 
>aberrations therein. It is another matter that 
>the Indian political class, barring a few 
>exceptions, has failed the electorate in so many 
>ways; and yet, there has been a select class — 
>indeed very small — of heroes rescuing the same 
>set of people in the form of honest and upright 
>politicians and bureaucrats, learned judges, 
>pro-people activists and selfless workers. India 
>is deeply indebted to all of them. Therefore, 
>when eminent historian Ramachandra Guha says 
>that the ‘‘defining feature’’ of Indian 
>democracy is that it ‘‘has gone from crisis to 
>crisis and somehow we have been able to contain 
>these crises’’, the very rationale is based on 
>the peculiarly Indian chapter of democratic 
>sustenance. Guha has recently published a 
>brilliant narrative on post-Independence India — 
>India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s 
>Largest Democracy. He talks of India as an 
>‘‘unlikely democracy’’ when it started out as an 
>independent democratic nation because never 
>before had a democratic framework been ‘‘grafted 
>on a society that is so large, poor, 
>illiterate’’. The fact that this ‘‘unlikely 
>democracy’’ has survived all along its tortuous 
>trajectory and is now a key global player, is 
>illustrative of the wonders that democracy can 
>work out, despite all aberrations, as also the 
>fact that there is no alternative to democracy 
>if the cause is that of a welfare state.
>However, ours is not really a welfare state in 
>the true sense of the term. And in the glitter 
>of the near-double-digit growth rate, many of us 
>tend to overlook the dismal human development 
>index of the country. Many of us are oblivious 
>of the fact that the face of rural India — which 
>is indeed Real India even now — is still so 
>pale, and then there are attempts to disfigure 
>that very face. The success story of Indian 
>democracy will be authenticated only when Real 
>India is addressed to, and elevated, so that it 
>shines along with its happening urban 
>counterpart. And for all this to happen, one has 
>to ensure that the class of unscrupulous 
>politicians and bureaucrats is prevented from 
>committing fraud on the innocent people all the 
>time. An alert and active society can surely 
>ensure this. This apart, India is plagued by two 
>more serious problems. One is the ongoing 
>conflict between the Judiciary and the 
>Legislature or the Executive, with a panicky and 
>guilty political class giving it all a new name 
>— judicial activism. The people of the country 
>must categorically assert that whenever the 
>elected representatives have failed them, it is 
>the Judiciary that has come to their rescue, and 
>exemplarily at that. And two, most of our 
>lawmakers have also excelled as classic 
>lawbreakers, thanks to criminalization of 
>politics, nay politicization of crime. It is now 
>up to the Election Commission of India to act as 
>an effective deterrent to the unholy trend of 
>criminals having to adorn Parliament and State 
>legislatures. At this stage the idea of India 
>needs a sustained flourish.
>
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