अनिल एकलव्य ⇔ Anil Eklavya

November 4, 2007

So Now, that’s How it Goes

So a ‘state of emergency’ has just been declared in our enemy-friend-enemy-friend-enemy-… country. The reasons given by the president, who is a semi-westernized upper-middle-class-type reformer president (an admirer and follower of Kemal Ataturk Pasha) are:

  1. That the judiciary was interfering with the government
  2. That Islamic militancy posed a grave threat

Sounds familiar? What about our beloved country? Can we expect a similar news, which will surely gladden the hearts of numerous admirers (including those in the Sangh Parivar) of the first woman Prime Minister of India and her no-nonsense son, according to whom the only way to make the Indians behave is by the dandaa: the policeman’s (or the svayamsevak’s) lathi. Those who still have nostalgia for (to some) the infamous era of Emergency when everyone stood in a queue to get on a public transport bus and when some serious measures were taken to get rid of the biggest curse of our glorious nation, viz., the ever increasing population of human beings: if only a lot of them could be exterminated! But which ones?

Extermination may be politically incorrect and it may not be financially feasible, but we can at least hide them under the carpet? Don’t we have our own Château d’Ifs? Why not do that on a war footing, if we want India to become developed by 20[0-9]{2}. And the only way to do so is by declaring… We should then be able to adapt and continue. That’s what the Germans did in the late thirties and early forties. That’s what the Indians did in the mid-seventies. That’s what the Pakistanis will do now. That’s what the Iraqis are trying to do (not quite succeeding). Keep your face down and keep on doing your work.

Things are already moving in that direction. Nothing will make it quicker than, well, you know what (from the reasons given above). Many must be waiting for that to happen. They are doing their bit.

Oh yes, India is the largest democracy in the world with one of the most independent and vibrant media in the world. So I have said myself. And I still do. But India had these characteristics in 1975, perhaps more so, what with that spirit of the 70s and the still somewhat strong legacy of the freedom movement. And the human manifestation of Durga had recently won a war against our arch enemy(-friend-enemy-friend-enemy-…).

And what about the role of the reformer president in so many things having a close connection with Islamic militancy? You are not authorized to ask such questions (at least in his country). Don’t you see there is threat to the country from abc and xyz? Oops! these abc and xyz aren’t the same as those mentioned in an earlier post. What about कखग and क्षत्रज्ञ?

There were reasons why emergency was declared then:

  1. That the judiciary was interfering with the government
  2. That Islamic people’s militancy* posed a grave threat

* Partly led by Jayaprakash Narayan, the great freedom fighter against the British.

If your ears are tuned to the ground and if you have been observing things happening at the micro level, you won’t be surprised if a similar news comes from our land.

Will you swallow it, or you won’t? That will decide whether all your talk about democracy and fair play and making India a developed nation has any sincerity or not, let alone substance.

It is impossible that there will be emergency in India again? Perhaps you are right. Some powerful people do learn something from History. Such as the fact that you can have a state of emergency without actually declaring it.

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