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Mahabharat At Banks Of Ganga In Kashi

Updated: May 24, 2014 1:49 pm

As the cacophony of the no-holds-barred campaigning in the 2014 general election was about to die down, the Congress led by Rahul Gandhi signalled an aggressive confrontational battle against Narendra Modi, the BJP’s candidate in Varanasi

Vinash kaley viprit buddhi, the old Ramayan saying was uttered by Jayaprakash Narayan when under MISA he and many senior opposition leaders were arrested. They proved ominous for the then Gandhis.

Almost 40 years later those very words could come to haunt Rahul Gandhi. Nervous at the likely adverse result in his parliamentary constituency he is following the path of his late grandmother, sans her maturity and strength to rise from the ashes. If he fails, he will take the Dynasty with him. The banning of Narendra Modi rally at Beniyabagh area of Varanasi by an alleged pliant Electoral Officer, Pranjal Yadav, the District Magistrate, has given a halo of a hapless victim to Modi and raised the hackles of Varanasi voters. Outrage could be sensed all over the country. Unfortunately, for the Gandhis, the young and the first-time voters have emerged as powerful pressure group. This energized segment has influenced the election signalling an end of the decadent politicians and equally feudalized system of cash and caste politics in time to come.

Psychedelic intellectualism of the well-fed status quoists who hate any change that affects their elitism can no longer blind the globally exposed youth from the damage the system of feudal oligarchy has caused.

It divided with thick lines the ruler, the all-knowing, all powerful despots in the garb of democrats and the ruled that have had no say in the policy formulation or in decisions affecting. Arrogant ruling class and its vassal-like subject in the street!

Such a state is unacceptable to the emerging young force. Its restiveness is visible. The crowds in Delhi and a record turn-out in Varanasi are symbolic of the anger against the ruling class. Modi could understand which way the wind was blowing and tried through his speeches and rallies to present to the young as the one who could fulfil their aspirations.

If he is now taking political mileage from the ill-conceived edicts of the Election Commission, why should a Mayawati, a Kejriwal or media commentators grudge him.

The tweets and challenges of Kejriwal are being lost like a lone protester in the noisy Tammany Hall. And Rahul’s aggression is facing the same end. Let’s not forget who won at Kurukshetra. No one, not even the Gandhis and their tail-wagging loyalists and avaricious nor the obsequious ji-huzoor tribe of civil servants can stop the process of transformation. India is changing. And a Young India is in the offing. Notwithstanding Rahul who with his assumed Shangrila Touch is young at 43.

As the cacophony of the no-holds-barred campaigning in the 2014 General election was about to die down, the Congress led by Rahul Gandhi signalled an aggressive confrontational battle against Narendra Moldi, the BJP’s candidate in Varanasi. In this Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, was an obvious collaborator. Alleged by the BJP, the Electoral Officer, a UP-cadre IAS officer and District Magistrat Varanasi, Pranjal Yadav, as pliant, refused permission for Modi to hold a rally in Beniyabagh area and also a meeting with about 150 intellectuals at a hotel and a prayer meet at the banks of Ganga.

Rahul, apparently livid at Modi for violating the convention of a party leader not campaigning in the constituency of another party’s leader was on a tit-for-tat mission, intent to cause more damage to Modi than what he could do to the Dynasty’s scion.

But even with just eight days before the results most are oscillating between hope and despair, mood depending on how much one is optimistic or pessimistic about May 16 results. A turn to the left or to the right will depend on who scores the most when counting ends by the evening of May 16. But one thing is certain, a paradigm shift in the Indian polity.                Initial figure show that a new powerful and vociferous segment of new voters has participated in the election this time, resulting in the record turn-out of over 65 per cent. This breaks the record of 64 per cent in 1984 when people came out in sympathy with Rajiv Gandhi.

Over 23 million voters, 2.3 million in the 18-19 group were added in the voters list. This new group constitutes 3 per cent of total votes as against .75 in 2009. The regional contribution is expected to be strong with 26 of the 28 states and union territories that went to poll at the time of this report also recorded higher turn-out. The women too came out in larger numbers. This heavy turn-out because of the enthusiastic first-time young voters signals the paradigm shift. This aspirational, global exposed and educated group is bound to edge out the satiated and contented status quoits, the arm-chair intellectuals and liberals, who having enjoyed the crumbs they received whenever they opined expecting instant obeisance and corporate-crony system. The Lutyen’s Club members abhor any change, having got used to favours from the government, exclusiveness and a licence to behave as a superior class.

They cannot for instance ‘suffer’ the likes of Narendra Modi. His background of a lowly chaiwallah shames them and his education sans exclusive public schools also makes their snobbish nose twitch. They, like Salman Rushdie, Ashish Patel and scores of Indian academics in the west and the likes of Teesta Setalvad in India who have set up small-scale industry of Modi-baiters, have kept on drumming about the 2002 riots. But without much success!

They refuse to accept that India and the people, even in Gujarat have moved on. The size of the crowds at every Modi Rally confirmed this. People are looking towards the future and not the past.

Indeed, the country has moved on. The young are taking over from the decadent old class. They do not have the patience with political chicanery and bureaucratic red-tape. They want instant results and quicker-paced development for that would create more job opportunities and also create new avenues of income and for better living conditions.

The status quoits in this class would prefer a Congress led coalition. But the Gandhis and the Yadavs declared communalist Narendra Modi, the known development guru and decisive leader is according to all poll surveys preferred as against a Rahul Gandhi of the old Congress-mould or Yadavs who for the young are doddering old traditional feudal satraps.

The paradigm shift one mentioned above means a change in the political class (caste) system of the leader, the know all-powerful ruler and the electorate, his vassal after the voting. It could lead to the triumph of the people over the decadent, corrupt and rampaging politicians who covered in democratic robes have become ravenous and greedy oligarchs, interested only in their bulging pockets, money in foreign banks and in living and operating above the law and twisting and thus ruining all institutions.

The last phase is tomorrow (May 12) which includes voting in Varanasi. It has become a Mahabharat with hundreds of Kauravas and a handful but with powerful strategist in Modi, Pandavas, being fought instead of at Kurukshetra, in Kashi on the banks of the Ganga. The Satta Bazar has been offering Rs 600 against Rs100 for the success of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

Such odds indicate an easy victory for Modi. But this does not take into consideration the rules which were broken by Rahul in his Ameth constituency. Photographs show him standing inside a polling booth near an EVM. He is also seen talking with voters. Such brazen violation of law is symbolic of the political culture of Rahul and the danger to the people and the country from him and his ilk—dictators with a thin veneer of a democrat. It is interesting to note what some of India’s most eminent lawyers, journalists, senior security experts, and a handful of statesmen/ politicians, including former cabinet ministers have packaged all the available information for mass consumption post the elections. Much of it is in fact already available in the public domain, albeit piecemeal.

Their unanimous assessment, derived from a vastly greater repository of information than any of us ever could have at our disposal, is that these elections are about trying to stop Narendra Modi (not necessarily the BJP) at any cost, but for fundamentally different reasons to those most of us may assume. The diluted summary of those reasons:

“There is a colossal criminal nexus in India, chaperoned by key figures within the country, which brings together:

  1. A multi-trillion dollar illegal mafia network (including food, water, power, natural resources, currency, stamp paper, animal slaughter etc). The ‘black money’ issue is one visible symptom of that.
  2. A giant industry of forced religious conversions.
  3. Communal politics of divide and rule (which continues similar pre-Independence policies used to subjugate Indians).
  4. A number of other subversive activities related to the territorial integrity of India, the control of India’s democratic polity and other geopolitical linkages which are best left to Modi and co. to explain and handle post-elections.

“Narendra Modi broke the legs of the first three of these sets of activity in Gujarat, which in turn is the lifeblood of the fourth and ultimate series of objectives. He also decimated the VHP/ Bajrang Dal/ Congress as well as the local BJP old guard’s riot-and-hate politics in the state; this was a bedrock of both Congress and the pre-Modi BJP’s electoral strategy in Gujarat, and Modi single-handedly orchestrated their annihilation.”

Within this brief explanation is the first set of reasons as to why Modi created so many enemies throughout the country, as well as within the Gujarat BJP.

“By 2002-2003 when it became clear that Modi meant business, the vested interests who support such activity on a national scale, to put it succinctly, noticed him.”

The interesting thing is the new, young generation also noticed what he had done in Gujarat. That the terror networks within Gujarat had been broken, religious conversions banned , the fake currency and stamp paper scams were dealt with and illegal animal slaughter (but not the eating of meat or even beef as some suggest)banned. This dealt hammer blows to the various other mafias and Modi had become Enemy No. 1 to the centralised vested interests controlling these activities throughout the country.

But with the information centres in the control of the established authorities it would not have been possible for wider segment to learn of all these and as to why there was so much criticism of Modi, and concerted effort to prove that he was a divisive force who would break the fibre of the society.

This is where the hundreds of rallies Modi addressed across the country came handy.

It was sheer coincidence that the young, first-time voters, came into their own—they took interest in the political manoeuvres and started dissecting various charges and counter charges to reach their own conclusions. This youth is now laying the foundation of a Young India, which cuts off all the umbilical cord with the current decadent system that bred corrupt politicians and created a ruler and ruled syndrome. Whether Modi fits the bill or somebody else this the country would know on May 16.

By Vijay Dutt

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