This topic is not new. We have often discussed it in our columns in the last three years. It is not the grotesque nature of the regime, a nominated Prime Minister, the unseen hands of a Lady Macbeth in the affairs of the state, or the Left Trojan horses meddling clumsily at all levels. It is a sinister combination of interests that have brought all of them together to undermine and maim India by using all means of government at its disposal. Every act of this government has a central theme, to divide the society, weaken institutions, demoralize security forces, arrest economic growth, limit India'sdiplomatic manoeuvrability and make India hostage to the capricious demands of its hostile neighbours.
The threat that India is facing today is not simply explained by the decline of national parties and the growing influence regional and caste parties are exercising on central government. It is the agenda of the ruling coalition, its very nature and the common adhesive that cement them that have produced the most disastrous political environment India ever had. No other government since independence was accused of undermining the country. No other government was so much depended on the veto of the Communist parties whose loyalty to this nation was always in doubt. No central government in the last six decades had Muslim League as a partner and the vocal support of all the fundamentalist Muslim outfits in the country, PDP and NC of Jammu and Kashmir, Madhani'sPDP of Kerala, Salauddin Owaisi'sMIM of Andhra Pradesh and Assam United Democratic Front of Assam. This government is led by a Prime Minister, who has never won an election even at the lowest level, has no known intention of fighting one in the future and he is answerable to only one individual whose loyalty to this country is a matter of wide speculation and whose actions are deviously secretive and mysterious.
Even people in her own party depend more on guesswork and newspaper leaks than direct communication to fathom her mind. So the minions have to second guess all the time. A leader who is not open to public scrutiny, who does not address press conference or give interviews and whose views on any important issue of national concern is not known, controlling all sinews of power is an aberration in a democracy. But that is the way it is under the UPA.
It is in this background that we address the trade mark machinations of this government. Its actions are clearly intended to subvert social order, promote diversity and arrest the emergence of a profound Indian personality. It is not simply a strategy of political gain. That, in fact, it is not in a position to derive. It is also wrong to say vote bank. For, that is not coming into the Congress kitty. There are interest groups in the UPA that promote the US, the Chinese and Pakistani national goals at the cost of Indian interest.
The Left, for example, is opposing the Indo-US nuclear deal not because it undermines Indian sovereignty?they would have opposed it even if the deal was entirely to India'sadvantage because that will make India closer to the US?they are batting also for China, Pakistan and other Islamic countries whose apprehensions are hegemonistic and in the geo-political context. Remember, the Left was always opposed to India'sstrategic nuclear defence programme.
The Left is working as lobbyists for Chinese companies. They openly oppose Indian initiatives to gain competitive advantage in trade and commerce over China even as they want to spread red carpet to Chinese corporate interest in the Indian market. Leveraging on their influence in the UPA, they have successfully blocked all liberalisation programmes and are forcing the government to sink all development funds in unproductive, silly schemes that only help siphon funds into political coffers.
The UPA is, through numerous channels, the details of which we have discussed in this issue, stoking the fires of minority segregation and separatism. Even banking and financial institutions, planning and budget have been converted into instruments of communal divide. It has more votaries in the government to speak for terrorist and jehadi fugitives than ameliorate the wanton miseries of the victims of terror spread across the country. The UPA is equally indulgent towards Maoist, ULFA and NSCN desperadoes, bent on wrecking the country. To cap it all is the desperate attempts of Manmohan Singh to advance the Pakistani plot on Kashmir. Efforts to demoralize the security forces fighting the treacherous traitors have become routine. In the past three years and three months the UPA has not done a thing to strengthen the country internally or externally or to rev up the spirit of Indian nationhood. Rather the design is to destroy institutions that nurture unity, create disaffection in every segment of the society.
The UPA dispensation has the great advantage of unaccountability. All its main players are invisible. It is a chimera of fly by night operators playing havoc with the system. Money and mafia micromanaging all the levers of national polity. It will take long to fight and overcome the damage the UPA has done to our destiny.