It is said
that the way to hell is paved with good intentions. But did you ever imagine
that the way to heaven may, conversely, be paved with not-so-good intentions?
government of the day may protest that there has been no nefarious intent
behind the discriminatory provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Act, it is by
now irrefutable that few have been convinced. What sponsored public support the
government has been able to mount has been uncharacteristically tepid in stark
contrast to the energy and articulation among the spontaneous opposers of the
Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah before the release of their
party's election manifesto before the general elections, April 8, 2019. Photo:
Reuters/Adnan Abidi/File Photo
measure that has been insidiously designed to divide and polarise the polity
for short-term electoral gains and long-term systemic constitutional
alterations in the nature of the state has brought about just the most
unintended consequence: where opposition forces have failed repeatedly, the
Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo has spectacularly succeeded in cementing the Indian
polity across denominations and India’s customary social fault-lines behind the
founding secular principles of the constitution.
consolidation has come to be grounded in what Aristotle called an Anagnorisis,
namely, the stunned recognition of a life-changing moment for all Indians and
for the republic; or in what Foucault designated an Epistemic shift from “one
order of things” to another.
students across the board, from the mofussil college to the highfalutin
institutions, are leading this most salutary and unforeseen movement is
evidence of how seriously the underlying substance of the CAA legislation has
impacted the thinking youth of the country. Much as all ruling establishments always
wish education to remain insulated from thinking (they call it ‘politics’),
good education does indeed off and on lead to forms of questioning anathema to
of even greater significance is the phenomenon at Shaheen Bagh where
predominantly Muslim women of all ages, including several above 70, have
effected a rite-of-passage replicating, as it were, the vanguard role that
Gandhi had once assigned to India’s women.
than a month now, these new organic leaders have been braving the chill of
winter, displaying the Tiranga and pictures of iconic “framers” such as
Ambedkar, and enacting readings of the Preamble of the constitution – all that
to emphatically underscore the point that they are out to defend the founding secular
and egalitarian principles on which the republic came to be founded.
Asked by a
media man why these women did not come out during the phase of gruesome
lynchings, such as that of Pehlu Khan, a 90-year-old woman, responded:”Had we
done so, that could have been misconstrued as a sectarian protest. Now we are
out as secular citizens to fight for the constitutional principles of the
at Shaheen Bagh. Photo: Twitter/@natashabadhwar
As the days
have gone by, these new leaders have gathered to them thousands of other
citizens across castes and communities, and have each day generated new
innovative forms of citizen-power in peace and secular unity.
elixir the fraught nation has been pining for, one might well say. The revolutionary
poet, Majaz, had once pleaded with Muslim women to turn their hijabs into
banners and flags; well, all that is happening at Shaheen Bagh – thanks to the
unbearable over-reach of India’s sectarian rulers of the day.
So real and
thought-out is the current appeal to the Preamble, which is everyday being read
out by the young and old alike, that one is encouraged to think that the
present transformation may well put paid to the successes of communal politics
for a good long time.
see-through seems complete, stern in argument, and no longer deflectable by
emotive subterfuges of the sort that have brought the republic low over the
last six years. Women at Shaheen Bagh can be heard to articulate views on the
economic collapse of the realm with an expertise that would hearten the
best-informed academic of the day.
matter may be put more baldly, a glorious transformation of “minority” Indians
into vanguards of secular and republican citizenship is underway – a happening
where citizen-interests are beginning to be seen to be indivisible and best
obtained from a standpoint of undifferentiated secular struggle authenticated
by the constitution.
A battle is
now underway between the real and the legal, as it were. If on the one side,
the unresponsive Modi-Shah-RSS triumvirate seem adamant on enforcing the CAA,
having now made its gazette notification, the citizenry across all
denominational, gender, and gerontological divides seems equally charged to
rebuff the measure, encouraging many state governments to proclaim that they
will not implement the new law, however the chips fall.
one state government has now filed a suit against the central government in the
top court, challenging the constitutionality of the new law, even as some 60 or
so writ petitions also wait to be heard there.
confrontation clearly seems reminiscent of the student movement of the
mid-seventies, leading to what has come to be called the ‘JP andolan’ – one
that was fervently supported by rulers of our day. And let us remember that
that movement gave a call even to the state-apparatus to disobey official
orders, however legal. What then was sauce for the goose may well turn out to
be sauce for the gander.
Can it be
hoped that the triumvirate will find it in themselves to step back and become
partners in this glorious revival of secular-democratic consciousness and
constitutional assertion? Not likely; and certainly not till the top court
makes its views known.
And how may
that court in turn read the spontaneous revulsion against what has come to be
recognised as the deleterious intent behind the new law? The Supreme Court of
India seems as much on test as those that are now in charge of the republic.
times in history when justice comes to mean a concept in excess of mere
jurisprudence. Just to recall: the declaration of the Internal Emergency in
June, 1975 was a wholly legal act; yet the judge who has come to be lauded by
the people of India and our current political rulers has been the one who held
that declaration ultra vires, not the judges who put their stamp on it.
however those things might pan out, the spontaneous but tough-mindedly awake and
aware upsurge that has gripped the mood and imagination of the nation will
remain a boon to the life of the republic in the long-term, and perhaps an
eye-opener for large sections of the media that have thus far tended to think
that the rulers of the day are far too invincible for them to risk any
be of crucial interest and far-reaching import is how the organised political
life of the republic may or may not be impacted by the leadership provided by
the street. The question observers justly ponder is this: have political
formations opposed to the ruling party fully grasped the extent and meaning of
India’s renewed non-cooperation movement?
they find the will and the strategy to plough the lead from the youth and the
women into forging a new and credible politics that is uncompromisingly
committed to the informing values of the constitution, overriding the call of
Headline: Modi-Shah Duo Bring About a Fine Unintended Consequence
Source: The Wire
अंधभक्त मुहब्बत अक्सर झूटी साबित
हुई है, कुछ अंधभक्त खुदा से झूटी मुहब्बत करने झूठा दावा करते हैं, कुछ अंधभक्त
देश से झूटी मुहब्बत करने का दावा करते हैं,
देश से मुहब्बत करने का क्या मतलब
है, अभी तक मुहब्बत के झूठे दावेदारों को मालुम ही नहीं, शान्ति भंग करके, अशांति
फैलाकर, अपने शहरियों के को रोड पर लाकर, उन्हें बेघर करने का कानून देकर, उनमे
खौफ फैलाकर, देश की आर्थिक वयवस्था को डूबा कर, हिन्दू मुस्लिम का मुद्दा बना कर,
जात पात की सियासत खेल कर, कमजोरों पर अत्याचार करने के बाद अगर कोई कहे कि
देशभक्त हूँ तो उससे बड़ा अंधभक्त कोई नहीं,
देश से प्रेम का मतलब शब्दों में
बयान नहीं किया जा सकता, ये दिल की बात है, दिल ही में रहने दो तो अच्छा है, अब
वक़्त आ गया है देश के प्रति मुहब्बत दिखाने का, तो उन्हें इज़हार कर लेने दो, उन पर
लाठियों के बरसात ना करो, खैर जो जी आये कर लो अपने लाठी की, सत्ता की बरसात, कर
लो हम पर, हम पर गोली चलाना है, चला लो, हमे दफन करना है, करदो, लेकिन हम तो आखरी
सांस तक इसी मुल्क से मुहब्बत करते रहेंगे, और इस मुहब्बत को हमसे कोई अलग नहीं कर
हम सब हिन्दू मुस्लिम सब इसी देश
के बाशिंदे हैं, जीना यहाँ मरना यहाँ,