Dr Gautam Sen
INDIAN society is facing grave challenges today. It is the result of scandalously corrupt governance, a retreat of moral authority from above to replenish the confidence of its citizens and alarming incidence of foreign intervention in its affairs through Indian proxies. The hard truth about contemporary India is that its ultimate, political, administrative and judicial authorities have themselves become audaciously lawless, violating its very Constitution with cavalier disregard and contempt. India is exhibiting increasing breakdown of social order and legality in segments of society, with violence in the shape of dacoity, injury, murder and rape.
The brittleness of advancing modernity in India has combined with ethical decay owing to an ugly secular impiety that criminally banished its deepest sources of inspiration from the public sphere, Sanatan Dharma. In addition, ineffectual law enforcement has created a menacing cocktail of crimes, with women often at the receiving end. There is also callous indifference to widespread hunger and deprivation that inflicts untold harm, especially on the young. At the same time, some have grown very rich, India’s political class offensively so through the expedience of grand larceny. Yet India continues to survive, after a fashion, because its civil society retains some traditional sources of internal coherence that do not depend on extraneous social legitimation to function. Indian civil society possesses sufficient moral and ethical strength, deriving from ancient civilizational values, to resist implosion.
Of particular concern is the brazen neutering of the Prime Minister’s office, like some inconsequential stray cat. Its holder has finally confirmed his parlous predicament by pointing a potentially fatal finger at the Political Secretary of the Congress President for the coal block scandal. The Congress party and its irredeemably treasonous office bearers, including the incumbent President of India, bear principal though not sole responsibility for the unfolding calamity confronting India, which they did nothing to prevent. Others, including the now truculent Trinamul Congress and its UPA allies, are all culpable too since they also allowed it to occur. None evince any respect for India or its people.
The Opposition party cannot escape responsibility either since its national leadership has allowed itself to be paralysed by a web of blackmail and profitable blandishments, instigated by a foreign national and her patrons abroad. The President of the Congress and her disreputable, mediocre family are only able to persist because there are ruthless agencies that stand behind their empty symbolic legitimacy. A largely purchased media has also lined up behind this seditious disgrace, compounding the mayhem that has overtaken India by fabricating incessant lies and dissimulation on behalf of India’s first family.
Much worse threatens to ensue in the near future. The scale of the plunder and politically-motivated misuse of revenues have precipitated a fiscal crisis. It is the invariable hallmark of a State unable to perform imperative tasks and frequently the prelude to the capitulation of nations facing external adversity. Yet the government continues obliviously with its spending spree, like a heroin addict mugging and thieving along the way to fund a chronic habit. It may be hazarded that the Indian State’s ability to fund and sustain a robust and prolonged defence against a possible Sino-Pak assault against it is uncertain. The government would have difficulty financing significantly enlarged defence spending without resort to the printing presses or levels of borrowing taxation that would lead to total collapse of growth rates. But it has imported another economic adviser from a failed country, with antecedents in an organisation fully complicit in the financial robbery that precipitated global economic crisis, adding insult to injury.
The UPA has now opened India’s economy with alacrity to satisfy Anglo-American economic terrorists responsible for grotesque economic crimes in recent decades. The financial centres of New York and London are the prime examples of rampant criminality in the world, committing gross acts of illegality, but escaping judicial sanction for them. These major economic agents also finance the imperialist wars the Anglo-Americans are waging across the world at present to maintain their historic dominance and ability to continue pillaging. Yet these gangsters are supposedly poised to enter India bearing gifts and a charitable intention to help its people.
The foreign retailers being invited into India, much like the seafaring marauders that forced their way into India, China and Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries, are likely to subvert Indian sovereignty by buying up its politics, not its agricultural produce. The economists and business columnists advocating their entry into India are like the medieval clergy wielding authority without substance or reason. They continue to unknowingly espouse the Cobdenite view of a world of harmonious economic interaction, defined by healthy competition and devoid of conflict, for which there is no historical validity whatsoever.
In addition to the dire threat posed by a potential joint Sino-Pak assault against India to inflict a major setback to its recent economic advance and seize territory if feasible, other equally serious challenges to the integrity of Hindu India are unfolding. China and Pakistan have scores to settle with India though they must be jubilant at the sterling efforts of India’s own domestic elites to spare them the trouble to inflict harm by causing grievous self-inflicted injuries. Domestic unrest is also widespread across India and the sworn enemies of Hindu civilisation, which have long wished to end what they regard as the abomination of idolatry, have inserted themselves into these troubles.
It is increasingly clear that Maoism and Naxalism in India have become a ruse for the advance of white Christian and Islamic Jihadi interests in India. These alleged radical movements are the beneficiaries of material and political succour originating with Anglo-American and Saudi intelligence services and church authorities abroad. Their purpose is to extinguish governmental authority in areas where incitement for independence from the Indian Union and religious proselytisation can then proceed unchecked. The Nepali Maoist phenomenon may have had its roots in utter monarchical misrule and rural discontent, but it rapidly became the vehicle for striking massive blows against Hinduism in Nepal. It needs to be remembered that British intelligence services sponsored Trotskyism, as a means of creating internal fissures within the Left and channelling their political energies against the USSR, the principal object of Trotskyite hatred. In a recent thoroughly disingenuous article, the foremost luminary of the British Left launched a disgracefully inaccurate onslaught against India, apparently on behalf of an infamous Pakistani intermediary, long regarded as suspect by the knowledgeable.
Communism in India itself is not only a part of the gangster politics of theft in which the UPA plays the lead role, but also engaged in treachery against India and its hapless people. Its adherents found merit in the 1971 genocide committed by Pakistan’s Jihadi army in Bangladesh while simultaneously availing the largesse of US agencies like the Ford Foundation. Of course there is no contradiction since the mass killers of the Pakistani army were and are patronised by both the US and China. Intellectually bankrupt and self-righteously ignorant, their twin refrains are measures to further destabilize the Indian economy through taxation while studiously ignoring the neo fascism that characterises their adored China today that they dare not propose India imitate.
Not a solitary squeak about the on-going peasant and worker revolts across China, ruled by a regime exhibiting all the classic textbook corporate, one-party and militarist attributes of fascism. Nor is there any comment on the stark criminality of Maoism since 1949, which has been comprehensively exposed recently by research in China’s regional archives by the British historian, Frank Dikotter. It is therefore no surprise that Indian Naxalites praised the 26/11 mass murder in Mumbai, only regretting that some Muslims also died! They have now indubitably become agents of Christian proselytisation, providing obfuscatory cover and apparent legitimacy while a Catholic Congress President ensures that no serious action is taken against them. And church and Jihad are conjoined to destabilise India, each hoping to acquire the principal share of control of a prostrate India.
Within India itself a Mafioso network rules and finances its political dominance with the very loot that electoral ascendancy to govern facilitates. Shockingly, senior Cabinet Ministers are either personally engaged in seizing public land like medieval barons or defending the right of members of India’s first family to do so. These acts of corruption are so enormous that nothing less than life imprisonment would suffice to punish such wrong doing, in a society in which the rule of law prevailed. And they would be considered capital crimes in the neighbouring country so often compared favourably to India. Unfortunately, all legality to constrain and punish such blatant felony has evaporated. But State authorities have no compunction harassing the few brave whistleblowers who dare to question their egregious misconduct.
In West Bengal, the Chief Minister of a bankrupt State, evidently created by Lewis Carroll or the Bengali humorist Sukumar Ray, still finds funds for insanely capricious vote-bank politics that include salaries for all Imams and bicycles for Muslim schoolgirls alone. She also instructs enforcement agencies to violate the law by facilitating cow slaughter, the slitting of throats in a brutally painful death. And the Chief Minister also unleashes the police against opponents seeking to uphold legal injunctions against such appalling acts. Mere jest at her multiple absurdities leads to physical assault by Trinamul party goons and arrest by the police on fictitious charges. Apparently, nothing Hindu is sacred in secular India. All time-honoured norms are repudiated by politicians to permit vicious illegalities, in what amounts to terrorism against Hindus on behalf of minorities.
India’s entire political class stands condemned of complicity and cowardice and history will judge them very harshly indeed should the terrible catastrophe that impends come to pass. The recent inexplicable shenanigans of India Against Corruption may also indicate the infinite capacity of the political class to corrupt any and every movement ostensibly aimed against them. The apparent reluctance to pursue some crimes with vigour suggests that the IAC is a vehicle for prosecuting internal quarrels within the UPA coalition. Revealingly, there is no discussion of the vital issue of electoral finance since hand-wringing alone will not remedy the plundering that has contaminated the entire political class. It may be suggested that the sheer scale of plunder being uncovered daily is sufficient cause for the citizenry of India to revolt, en masse. They do not need to engage in the bloodletting that seems customary in the Middle East, but a mass refusal to pay taxes or comply with civil injunctions would be justified.
The crime of the political class in failing to defend the Indian Constitution and remaining mute spectators while the Prime Minister’s office was reduced to a tragicomedy is indefensible. Where were the honourable judges of the Supreme Court, the leaders of the Opposition and others, most notably, the current President of India, when the sanctity of the invisible bonds of restraint and prudence that radiate from the authority of the Indian Prime Minister was being destroyed? And that too by a semi-literate foreigner, who has never dared to subject herself to public scrutiny in debate once, but rules through traitorous minions and subversive foreign agencies. Some dire issues will first have to be settled and misdeeds severely punished before India can regain a modicum of dignity and resume progress.
(The writer taught international political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science for more than two decades).