Between Scylla & Charybdis
Between Scylla & Charybdis
১২ আগস্ট ২০২০ ৯:৪১ পূর্বাহ্ণ
The day was 16th May 2014. BJP led NDA had won the overall elections and Shri Narendra Modi was getting to be the 16th Prime Minister of India. Congress was completely routed. Pompous roadshows, the Gujarat model, multiple claims to bring back the black money stacked abroad were a number of the most highlights of the Modi led campaign.
It's been 3 years and seven months now. Make in India, begin India, UDAN, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital India, Skill India, Mission Indradhanush, Smart city mission, and lots of more such schemes are launched which have won appraisal not only from the rank & file of the state but also internationally. On the opposite hand, demonetization, implementation of GST and Aadhar mandatory, has also brought the Centre under strong criticism.
While the opposition, which here is that the grand old party of India-INC, is unconvinced of even one among the plans & policies of the govt being pro-poor and accuses it of name-changing and credit-hogging strategies, the ruling BJP maintains that it's the govt of the marginalized and therefore the two consecutive UPA regimes were an entire fallout.
While we watch every day on news channels the inconclusive debates, fulminations & calumnies being pressed against one another by these parties and skim within the newspapers the scathing discourses of the Argus-eyed politico-socio-economic columnists on the Prime Minister's office, we miss a crucial question. What are our options?
India may be a democracy. the most important within the world. and therefore the essence of democracy lies within the incontrovertible fact that it always offers choice. And sometimes too many of them. India had a choice within the summer of 2014. To bring back power a person, who had proved his metal because the three-time Chief Minister of Gujarat, but was also alleged of Muslim carnage, OR to vote for quite a century old party whose leadership hung in balance. India chose the previous. The interest is looked into here is what level of choices were we offered. Narendra Modi- dauntless, rhetorician, visionary, a nationalist to the core but also a radical believer of Hindutva ideology and thus deemed anti-Muslim. Rahul Gandhi, who was though, not the official face of the Congress within the last general elections but was a clear contender, was inexperienced, politically humdrum, yet freed from any corruption charges or malfeasance. Neither NaMo nor RaGa are often adjudged because the perfect fit the very best office in the country. Both are positive and both are negative. Yet, we chose. We chose not between a God & a Satan, neither between the virtuous & the debauched, we chose between Scylla & Charybdis.
Yes! Between Scylla & Charybdis. Because during a democracy we never have 'the best' and rarely 'good', we may find 'better' but what we do have in galore is that the 'worse'. it's this better that we must search for among the various worse. Democracy never presents us with a choice between the great & the ugly. To quote Orwell, politics is selecting between the lesser of the 2 evils. And for us Indians that lesser evil clothed to be Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi.
Ever since he acquired the PM's office, he has been assailed not only by the Congress but also by many other minor parties for his anomalous decision-making. While his DBT and Jan Dhan Yojna were lauded globally, demonetization and GST brought him equal rancour on the house turf. He has been aspersed, called names, trolled, at an equivalent time commended, hailed and applauded. But so was the case with late PM Gandhi. If nationalization of banks, the liberation of Bangladesh (East Pakistan) and Shimla Agreement stands to her credit, Emergency state of 1975 and Operation Amsonia tabernaemontana (1984) are the sour reminders of the opposite side of her regime. Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who ruled the archipelago for a touch above 5 decades as Prime Minister and later as President, broke the US hegemony on his peoples. He did set up free education and healthcare systems but the quality of living in Cuba remains low, hitherto.
The 43rd President of the USA, George W. Bush, who won the presidency but lost the favored vote, is notorious for leading America into the Iraqi war and using nefarious anti-terror tactics, yet served full two terms and was ready to pass the best tax cut in American history. Gamal Abdel Nasser, the revolutionary-turned-repressive-dictator, who died in 1970, remains revered by the Egyptians, even the young generation, because the greatest leader ever, though he lost the Sinai to Israel within the Six-day war (1967). And in line with these, the newest example of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe being grilled-up within the June of 2017 on charges of perjury & cronyism then winning a landslide victory within the snap polls of October of an equivalent year, proves the conviction that well-behaved persons seldom create history.
Indira Gandhi, Castro, George W. Bush, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Shinzo Abe, Narendra Modi are all tainted. But yet are exalted. For they did (and are doing) the proper thing, at the proper time for his or her respective countries. They passed with distinction the comparatively better litmus test of politics. And if there's one thing common among all of them it's their prodigious ability to appeal to the general public, which condones their foibles.
Modi government may have faltered in the implementation of products & Service Tax, they'll have crossed the road in their spiels, maybe demonetization wasn't such an excellent idea but, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code was then was Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), and therefore the Sagarmala Project, and therefore the Neem coated urea scheme, and various others which have actually reached and benefitted hundreds & thousands. The opposition must realize that blindly criticising the travails of and erecting hurdles for the govt will only stagnate the country.
India is 70, at an age when such maturity should creep into our sociopolitical system when the politicisation of trivial issues is replaced by bipartisanship, especially on key agendas, within the Parliament.
As for us citizens, the selection has evermore been tough and can be tougher within the future. Choosing the lesser of the 2 evils remains evil. But a pro-active devil is best than a sleeping saint who leads us nowhere