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Why is India Burning?

Dr. Anil Rajvanshi
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In the last few weeks there have been massive protests all over India over citizenship amendment bill (CAB) and National Register of Citizens (NRC). I am not going into the merits or demerits of these bills but somehow they have provided a spark to the bottled up anger of youth.

With economy down and no gainful employment for youngsters such sparks, no matter where they originate, help to ignite the bottled up frustrations and anger. It is in the interest of the present dispensation and others to understand the causes and provide possible solutions to bring calm and peace to this ancient land.

One of the great safety valves in a democracy is the free and fearless voices of its citizens. These voices in any fora allow dissenting points of view to be aired and heard. Obviously these voices should follow the decorum and decency norms and should not incite rebellion and trouble. Free and fearless voices are the backbone of every great nation and also help in the creative process of nation building.

Creation of wealth is a creative process and is always spearheaded by citizens who feel safe and live without fear in the country. The history of civilization is replete with examples where creation of wealth through free enterprise was fuelled by the environment of freedom and free spirit. Freedom from fear allows out of box thinking which is an important part of creative process.

Thus I feel that the worsening economy of India is because of the atmosphere of fear. This stops people from making investment and government officers from taking decisions. Also this stops the information channels to the highest echelons since they get into this mode of being know-all and dissenting voices are frowned upon and people become afraid of giving their dissenting opinion.

To maintain discipline fear is always used by authorities. This is what happens in schools. Obviously it is a hindrance for the creative thought process and thus most of our schools and colleges churn out mediocre students and clerks.

A country cannot be run like a school. More so in a pluralistic society like India where the leadership has to take everybody together for building the country. The British policy of divide and rule was used by them to rule and plunder the country and in a free and democratic country like India it stifles the creative process. We need the creativity of our citizen to make this country great and that can only happen when fear is removed. The outpouring of revolt by youngsters is a good sign. They are not afraid of the authorities.

My father Jagdish Rajvanshi had gone to jail with Mahatma Gandhi in 1942 Freedom Struggle. He used to tell me that when a tommy (Englishman) walked on a footpath the natives would get down from it. So much was the fear of an Englishman. This psychological power was used by the British which allowed 300,000 of them to rule a country of 30 crores people! This fear was removed and the psychological hold was broken by Mahatma Gandhi who was a fearless leader and told Indians that we can stand against the biggest colonial power of the world. He told us to become fearless and as the maxim of Marxists goes “You have nothing to loose except your chains”, he made us free of fear of British and gave us freedom.

There will always be problems in a country of the size of India but once the fear is removed and the creative forces are unleashed then everything will start growing including economy and happiness. Then India will stop burning.

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Comment Dr. Rajavanshi, You have touched upon the FEAR factor. Fear plays major role in our lives. Sometimes consciously and sometimes subconsciously. The current fire which is engulfing India in connection with CAA and NRC is at least partly due to fear.Fear specially in the minds of Muslim community.

In spite of all the assurances given by PM and HM Muslims have reason to believe there is something between the lines which will affect them. Ever since the present government came into power, there have been four significant happenings. Triple Talaaq, Article 370, Ayodhya and now CAA. All are hurting Muslim sentiments.

Added to this, opposition parties are frustrated. They are adding fuel to to the fire.

Coming to the root cause about CAA and NRC itself , I admit that I am not a constitutional expert to make any qualified comment. But I wish quote the Hindi saying "Daal mein kuch kaala dikh rahaa hai"


Dr. K S Raghavan
30-Dec-2019 20:35 PM






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