Decadent India comprising political leaders, the polity as a whole, their sycophantic media elites and some among the political analysts are in 2011 fighting a last-ditch stand against Resurgent India comprising India’s youth power, a belatedly awakened middle class recognizing the costs of not politically empowering, and dedicated social activists like Anna Hazare who awakened the conscience of the latter recently. Decadent India stung by the loss of control over public discourse and their monopoly in steering its course is striking back at Resurgent India by unfound allegations, innuendos, charges of corruption against Anna Hazare’s core team, all designed to politically divide and discredit them.
India’s political leaders and the entire political ‘tribe’ (cannot be termed as class as there is no class in them) today can rightly be termed as “Decadent India’ and so also their camp-followers in the media who prop them. The dictionary meaning of “decadent” is being’ in a state of decline’ and marked by ‘unrestrained gratification and self-indulgence’. The tragedy of India in 2011 is that only few good people exist in India’s polity. At best they are a fringe element. One laughs when patently dishonest politicians on TV talk shows protest that all politicians should not be tarred by the same brush.
Indian polity’s fringe elements of good and honest politicians cannot absolve themselves of blame for they have not raised their voices of protest against corruption in ringing tones against their party leaderships oblivious to the corruption that springs from their acts of commission or omission. They should have all stood up to be counted if they had moral courage and conviction.
Resurgent India is the term I have deliberately selected for Anna Hazare, his committed core around him, India’s youth who turned out in thousands all over India to organize ‘vigils’ and the thousands of middle class Indians and even ordinary countrymen who flocked to Anna’s call. The dictionary meaning of “resurgent” is ‘process of bringing about renewal or revival’ and further ‘rising again to a new life and vigor’.
Am I wrong in the choice of my words to describe the two warring sides that are in a face-ff in India today? Decadent India in my opinion is fighting a last ditch battle to retain the status-quo of political-cronyism, corruption and the arrogance of power that they have accumulated over the last 63 years. They had started believing like ‘Mughal Samrats’ secure in the belief that the manipulative political system that they had contrived and put in place would ensure their eternal existence in dynastic longevities. And this applies to all political parties without exception.
Resurgent India in the manner of political awakening and political consciousness brought about by Anna Hazare in India’s public who were so far apathetic to abounding political corruption swamping their existence will now throw up many more Anna Hazares to follow and supplement his crusade.
The Battle will be bitter and tiring for Resurgent India to dislodge Decadent India from their entrenched positions as they have many camp-followers who will join their battle against Anna Hazare in a more vicious manner as they stand to lose the riches that they could pick up by their proximity to political leaders.
Yet, the battle must be fought with vigor and dedication against Decadent India so that “The Real Soul of India Can Be Renewed and Revived” It is Resurgent India that can spearhead the political transformation and political renewal of India.