By: V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
June 18, 2006
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We freed ourselves from British yoke on August 15 1947. We are yet to
free ourselves from the clutches of our pseudo-secular, corrupt, communal,
anti-Hindu and ANTI-INDIAN politicians not only in New Delhi but in all
the states. The dastardly attack on the RSS Headquarters Office in Nagpur
this morning makes it clear that Government of India cannot make love with
the terrorists. Maharashtra Police and in particular those police officers
who successfully defended the RSS Headquarters in Nagpur deserve the
highest Presidential honors for having performed their allotted duties in
so splendid a manner.
Amidst this encircling gloom comes the cheering news that the 19 day long
strike by resident Doctors of all five premier medical colleges in New
Delhi has come to an end yesterday evening, with the striking medical
Doctors bowing to the Supreme Court directive to end their strike
immediately. The withdrawal of their strike was necessary in the interest
of the helpless and poor patients in these hospitals. At the same time, we
also have the healthy and exhilarating news that undergraduates and
medical students will continue the strike. It is also heartening to note
that students from IIT and other institutions would also be stepping up
the anti-quota stir.
Even if the students resort to peaceful and non-violent methods of
agitation, there is no guarantee that one or two lives might not get lost
on account of indiscriminate police action engineered by interested
communal political parties. It is in this context that the words of Thomas
Jefferson who fought for American freedom against British colonial tyranny
become relevant: "What signify a few innocent lives lost in a century or
two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the
blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure".
It is in this context I would like to cheer up the students of India by
quoting the immortal and beautiful words of Justice Learned Hand of
America spoken during the dark days of the II World War in 1944: "What
then is the spirit of liberty? I cannot define it; I can only tell you my
own faith. The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that
it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand
the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit
which ways their interest alongside its own without bias. The spirit of
moderation lies at the root of the call for real liberty. What is the
spirit of moderation? It is the temper which does not press a partisan
advantage to its bitter end, which can understand and will respect the
other side, which feels a unity between all citizens ? real and not the
factitious product of political communal propaganda ?? which recognizes
their common faith and their common aspirations, in a word which has faith
in the sacredness of the individual.
Amidst the cacophony of discordant anti-national and anti-social voices
from all the Islam-embracing, Christianity-coveting and anti-Hindu
pseudo-secular political parties, we should not forget to read carefully
the following paragraph incorporated in the Supreme Court interim order on
this issue passed on May 29, 2006: "It is contended that the adoption of
this policy will divide the country on caste basis. This will have
ramifications for the social and political fabric of the country, and the
Court will consider this issue later". This comes as a breath of fresh air
to all the law-abiding educated citizens of India (pseudo-secular
politicians excluded by virtue of their chosen profession!). All the right
thinking people in India today are hoping against hope in their
non-violent struggle against the deathly pseudo-secular politicians who
are hell bent upon dividing and destroying Hindu society for ever that the
Supreme Court will take up this issue and pass its considered orders in
the larger interest of national security and national integration. I do
hope that the Supreme Court means what it says and that it will not bury
fathoms deep the above remarks, treating them as incidental "obiter
India today presents a general picture of cultural, ethical and spiritual
degradation and de-nationalization. Vast sections of our population have
lost all touch with the strengthening, invigorating and purifying
spiritual traditions of our timeless culture. This is bad enough. This is
sad enough. But what is worse and sadder still is that we have also failed
to get ourselves ethically and spiritually re-nourished and
re-strengthened by our own consciously chosen socio-political actions,
consequent upon the attainment of our Independence as a free nation during
the last five decades. The current malady in our society, if allowed to
grow unchecked and uncontrolled, will only lead this country to an
irretrievable chaos, turmoil and confusion.
What we need today more than any time in our past history is moral
leadership, founded on courage, intellectual integrity and complete sense
of balance. We have a large number of educated, highly specialized and
capable men in our country today. But they are all working in an
uncoordinated and directionless manner like the blind men of Hindustan
groping in the dark, without being inspired by a larger vision and
animated by a larger purpose. They should remember the saying of Albert
Einstein who was a specialist among specialists and who, at the same time,
could be a specialist among generalists and a generalist amongst
specialists. He said: "It is essential that a student acquires an
understanding of and a lively feeling for values. He must acquire a vivid
sense of the beautiful and of the morally good. Otherwise, he? with his
specialized knowledge?? more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a
harmoniously developed person".
Growing indiscipline everywhere and at all levels, complete erosion of all
cultural, ethical, moral and religious values, the ever rising tide of
communalism, regionalism, casteism and linguistic chauvinism, Himalayan
corruption eating into the vitals of national life, total want of
inspiring and enlightened leadership in all fields of national endeavor
and finally a mounting wave of violence in all parts of India?? these and
other destabilizing, disturbing and disintegrating factors have raised
doubts in many responsible quarters in India and abroad about the very
survival of India as a nation. On the whole, there is a total feeling of
frustration, cynicism, helplessness, uncertainty and impotence everywhere
at all levels of society.
WE HAVE TO REALISE WHAT IT IS THAT IS THREATENED WITH DESTRUCTION AND WHAT
IT IS THAT WE ARE CALLED UPON TO DEFEND?
Let us remind ourselves how in the last fifty five years we have at
critical junctures taken always the road of the least effort and the
method of the cheapest solution and of greatest self-indulgence. So we are
here today. We are where we are because whenever we had a choice to make,
we had chosen the alternative that required the least effort at the
moment. THERE IS ORGANISED MECHANISED EVIL LET LOOSE IN THE INDIA OF
TODAY. I am appalled by the general state of bankruptcy in all walks of
our national life today, the bankruptcy of national ideals, the bankruptcy
of national humanitarianism, the bankruptcy of religious faith, the
bankruptcy of political sincerity, the bankruptcy of true commercial
honesty and above all the bankruptcy of the personal sense of honour among
all our politicians. This Himalayan disaster in the midst of which we are
living today is a disaster in the character of men. It is a catastrophe of
the soul of a whole generation which has forgotten, has lost and has
renounced the imperative and indispensable virtues of laborious, heroic
and honorable men.
We have to put an end to both "Parliamentary Monarchy" and "Parliamentary
Anarchy". By "Parliamentary Monarchy" I mean a system of hereditary
Government like Monarchy which survives by manipulating the apparatus of
Parliament to serve and suit the private interests of one family like that
of Nehru family or one small group as the case may be. By "Parliamentary
Anarchy" I have in my mind the conditions of anarchy and lawlessness
created by elected members in the Legislative Assemblies in various States
and the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. We have to usher in a new era of
"ACCOUNTABLE PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY" in India in order to open out to our
people opportunities for a fuller and richer life. In order to make this
happen we have to launch a "Second Freedom Movement" marked by enlightened
and awakened dictatorship of the people, by the people and for the people.
The pseudo-secular mercenaries at the helm of affairs in New Delhi today
would dismiss Sri Aurobindo as communal and saffron zed. Bharath Varsha
can recover herself only if she pays heed to the following inspiring words
of Sri Aurobindo uttered in 1908: "The Mother's feet are on the threshold,
but she waits to hear the true cry, the cry that rushes out from the heart
before she will enter. The Mother asks us for no schemes, no plans, no
methods. She herself will provide the schemes, the plans, the methods
better than any we can devise. She asks us for our hearts, our lives,
nothing less, nothing more. Self-abandonment is the demand made upon us.
Bharath Mata asks of us, "How many will live for me? How many will die for
me?" and awaits our answer".
V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
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