By: Subodh Jha
The opposition is claiming that the democracy is under threat under the current government. For substantiating the claim they invariably quote the four of the senior-most judges of the Supreme Court after the CJI—J. Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B. Lokur and Kurain Joseph from their unprecedented 12th January 2018 press conference in which they said, “Unless the institute of Supreme Court is preserved, democracy won’t survive”.
The reason given behind the press conference is that the four Judges felt that the Chief Justice of India was not doing enough to combat the interference of the executives in Judiciary. But, the PC of the Judges brings up serious questions that whether the judges in question are not bribed by their loyalties and ambition, if not by money. The doubts of them being motivated under some influences or prejudices gains strong grounds by what has followed. The impeachment move against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra, by the opposition points towards some deeper conspiracy and there may be collusion between the judges in question and the opposition for destabilizing the government.
The BJP assumed power in 2014 and its popularity is growing ever since. The party became audacious with electoral victories and claimed that it has vowed to make India Congress free. After 2014, in almost every election the Congress party and the other opposition parties have been decimated, which has led to unrest amongst them. This has led to concocted campaigns being launched to malign the government and at times malign the nation at large.
The first in the list of such malicious campaigns with ulterior motives was theintolerance campaign.
India over night became intolerant and people from minority communities were lynched every here and there. The writers and artists were returning their awards and something of India’s pluralistic tradition degenerated. Close scrutiny of these people reveal startling facts about them. The proximity of Nayantara Sehgal to the Nehru-Gandhi family is no secret and Ashok Vajpeyi got the award two years after the demolition of the structure at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Such a big episode during Congress regime was a stand-out incidence, where as the mob lynching of a person, for whatsoever reasons was a symbol of rise of intolerance in the country.
In another campaign the BJP was projected as a casteist and a racist party and that it would abolish reservation on the behest of the people belonging to forward caste. The statement of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, in which he said that the reservation policy must be reviewed, was presented as his dictum to remove caste based reservation. I support reservation because I have seen boys coming from backward classes excel in studies once they get opportunity, but even then I feel that there is an alarming need to review the policy. It can’t be allowed to exist in its current structure, or else its benefit won’t be available to those for whom it was designed. Moreover, if a dalit person died even in a family feud it was presented as a murder by the upper castes. Rohith Vemula, with questionable caste identity committed suicide for some reason and the opposition tried to give it a caste spin and that the deceased took the extreme step due to victimization by the central government.
Then there came a time when suddenly the freedom of media came under attack from the government. Few journalists were murdered by unknown assailants and without any evidence the charge was fixed on the Hindu cultural organizations and hence the BJP government. The murder of Gauri Lankesh in particular was presented as an Indian rather Hindu equivalent of Charlie Hebdo. When Mr. Prannoy Roy of NDTV was tried as per the existing law of the land, it was portrayed as if it was being done at the behest of the ruling party with a purpose of scaring and gagging the media.
There were caste based reservation stirs in almost all election bound states. Life was thrown out of gear in Gujarat and Haryana during the agitations. On a later date the Congress made pre-poll alliance with the Patidar leader Hardik Patel and it left nothing to doubt that even the mass disruption and violence was a plan of Congress, though it can’t be proved with certainty.
The opposition was leaving no stones unturned and at times they forgot that there is a difference between criticizing the wrong policies of the government and sedition. The Azaadi campaign of JNU is an example of this desperation of the opposition, where they were standing with the group of students chanting slogans against India. The poster boy of the agitation Kanhaiya Kumar was even tried under the sedition laws and is currently out on bail.
In a gory incident an eight year old girl was raped for a week and then killed in the Kathua district of Jammu in the premises of a temple. The heinous crime should be punished by ways that are unimaginable for the civilized society. It was a crime against humanity but as the victim was a Muslim and the perpetrator a Hindu, the rhetoric of all Hindus being perpetrators was yet again repeated. All the candle march and other protests seemed to be in the continuation of the narrative in which Rahul Gandhi claimed that temple visitors indulge in eve-teasing. The drama got exposed when the same set of people kept silent when the religion of the victim and the perpetrator got swapped.
The Supreme Court crisis is the latest of the long series of efforts that has been made to destabilize the government. It is high time that the opposition realized that although people of India may be unhappy with the current government but they really love their motherland and that any efforts made against the sovereignty of the nation will only harm its electoral prospects.