The state of Karnataka has disobeyed the SC Order. Thats = Constitutional BREAKDOWN. The last vestiges of law & order have disappeared.
The “unfair” order is but a perception of Karnataka. If SC isn’t to be the final judge, then who?
What claim to fame does India have to be a democracy?
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So much for Kapil Sibal’s forward looking policies!
1. Remove ALL restrictions on inter state movement of food grains and food in general.
2. Remove ALL levies and taxes on food.
3. LT remedy: Allow EXPORTS of food/grains. The profits in the hands of 70% of India will increase consumption, therefore GDP.
4. Remove Govt intervention in canalization of minerals and food grains. No min support price either.
5. Allow free pricing of ALL oil based products - LPG, Diesel, Kero & Petrol
6. Cut back on all non-Law & Order government expenditure.
7. Make legal system free to levy charges to fund more benches and judges & infra in courts, with escalating slabs of charges.
8. Reduce standard tenure of all levels of Government from 5 years to three.
9 GOI gets OUT of any and all forms of Business, concentrate on policy and laws and rules harmonization.
10. Delegate financial authority down to the Panchayat/Municipality levels.
That must seem a no brainer to most people.
It also points to a vacuum that will be filled either by a further loss of freedom or by a sudden fancy for a new political party that comprises hitherto civic activists. The ‘alternative’ if one is to surface would need some essential, perceivable, features; the principal amongst which is transparency.
Transparency created by media spin won’t last. Transparency in functioning, experienced in reality by the members of a party will help carry conviction to the voter and more cohesion of support to those at the helm, even under trying circumstances.
Transparency of functioning would also lend strength to the elbow of those who will have to take tough, unpopular decisions in the larger interest. The rank and file would be able to explain such decisions if they are rational.
And the first step in transparency of a political party is internal democracy from top to bottom. The days of the god-like leader who is beyond discussion or challenge is a thing of the past in this information age. Just look at the politics and political parties in the older democracies and you’ll see this operating.
But what is not so obvious is that political parties and their leaders have forgotten that ideology comes after people’s needs, demands and aspirations. Not before. That ideology can deal with the way peoples’ demands and aspirations are met, not if they are ‘good for the people’.
On that score, no major Indian political party scores more than zero.
The Jats have been showing their legendary mettle for fierce fighting and determined warriors. Their ignoring the Supreme Court and their movement receiving support of Chief Ministers, however, points to something far more important than the cause they are fighting for.
Whether the Jats deserve a quota or reservation is not the topic of this blog. So, if you’re looking for a view on the merits of that cause, you won’t find it here. For one thing I know next to nothing about the subject!
But the fact that we are - for the very first time since independence - witnessing a civil disobedience movement is of momentous importance. Whether the Jats win or not is also besides the focus of this blog. But the fact that:
- even the CM backs their cause inviting the wrath of the Supreme Court
- the Jats have chosen to ignore the Supreme Court’s “directives”
means that this can be classified as civil disobedience - a tool for change legitimised by Mahatma Gandhi to gain freedom.
In the land of Gandhi, post independence, civil disobedience will be cast as illegal by the establishment, including the Supreme Court. The Jats court jail like the Mahatma did. “Jail Bharo” will be the next logical step - that is, if the police can actually round them all up!
So what significance does it have for us?
- That the people concerned no longer accept the present establishment (rulers & rules) as representing their fundamental rights.
- That the GOI and it’s State dispensation no longer command their approval and short of aggressive violence, they will do what ever it takes peacefully to have it go.
That was the exact way an Indian would have described the British rulers & rules.
The momentous significance is that India is heading for another freedom struggle - this time from injustice and corruption at the hands of a select few Indians.
Given that we know civil disobedience has won in South Africa and India - both inspired by the Mahatma, it would be illogical to assume it will now fail. falter it might, but fail it won’t.
Unless the political class recognise this and remedy the situation with speed and thoroughness, we can thank the current rulers and rules for India’s second freedom movement.
The Congress has realised the CW (common wisdom) that the odds of forming a government three times in a row are practically non-existent.
Given the innumerable problems it has with “allys” who attack it at every opportunity, it has also decided a breather out of office may be better than another term of being blackmailed.
That means it has to accumulate enough funds to be able to fight elections for another 10 yrs before a comeback may be possible with “new” faces like Rahul at the helm and the old guard discarded. Thats why he’s not joining the government but building his ‘own’ party cadre.
Thats why we’ve seen the biggest scams in Indian history these past 2 years (UPA-2).
Back in June I wrote of how the Indian Judiciary Stinks See http://oh-my-india.posterous.com/the-indian-judiciary-stinks
Now what jurisdiction does it have stay a verdict on the Allahabad High Court when that court heard the same ‘appeal’ for delay and not only rejected it but even fined the appellant? The people that went before the SC had no locus standi and the SC has no jurisdiction either!
This must be an act of corruption working at the highest court - political or commercial.
To think that the judicial process still has some ways to go after the HC verdict (appeals, etc) what was the need to derail the delivery of the verdict?
Is Justice Ghokale senile?
If the SC could act almost suo moto on the HC verdict delivery, how come it didnt act against Dinakaran???? Posting him to Guahati implies he is fit enough to pass judgement over those “lesser” Indians?
The SC has much to answer to the people of India. This one just adds to the list!
"There are 421 million MPI poor people in eight Indian states alone — Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal — and 410 million in the 26 poorest African countries combined."
— New poverty index finds Indian states worse than Africa - Hindustan Times