Sunday, May 26, 2019

Where to, from here?


The messages doing the rounds are on the lines of “What can India expect if…?” “What should we brace for?”

Those who felt the need to brace for something in the event that the BJP-led NDA returned to power through the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, are well aware of what they need to brace for. The last few years have offered some indication.

There is an assumption that bracing will help. It is unlikely. Bracing helps to break a fall, either in a crash landing or in a somewhat evenly matched martial contest. Once you fall, even if you’ve managed to land without breaking your collar bone, you are still down and defenseless, and whoever put you down must have done so with some intention. There is precious little you can do to prevent the realization of that intention in the moment.

Whether the results are an accurate reflection of the people’s mandate and whether majoritarian ambition is all that will be permitted expression henceforth, remains to be seen. The question to focus on is not what to worry about, or even what to combat, but what we value, and how to achieve such values.

For too long, the national conversation has been dominated by unacceptable ideas, and people we want to reject rather than embrace. For some citizens, the idea of secularism was unacceptable. But I find it hard to believe that they valued hatred as a life principle. For others, corruption or crony capitalism was unacceptable. But not much energy and time was spent building the road to the opposite values – honesty and small, independent enterprise.

We may rail against wealth being concentrated in the hands of industrialists who fund the careers of the most powerful people in Parliament, and who will inevitably extract their pound of flesh. However, we continue to use the services and goods that make these business houses richer. We do not build or invest in more independent services because using them is inconvenient.

We don’t mind taking long drives or wasting fossil fuels because the mood strikes us. We do mind going two kilometres to pick up groceries and clothes from non-big corporation owned, non-shopping malls. We don’t like other people consuming hateful rhetoric. We do mind paying the full price for independent media. We don’t like surveillance. We sign up for Aadhaar based surveillance. We are aghast at men threatening to beat up women for drinking in pubs. We do little to counter such men except make cartoons or memes to share on social media.

We would like to think these two strands of choice are unconnected. We would like to do our thing and remain safe, remain free, remain a basically good, inclusive society, all the while surrendering our time, money, our bodies to the processes that fund the exact opposite of what we truly desire and value.
The way to recover our sense of who we are is by inhabiting and embodying our stated values. There is no other way. That is why the leaders of the independence struggle were successful in turning hearts – they didn’t just state, they strove to inhabit, their cherished values.

Ultimately, there are only two things that keep us going as individuals and as a people – love and justice. Take away either and it’s like living with one lung; take away both and the organism starts to collapse.

The nation may yet survive as an anxious, under-nourished, over-worked citizen continues to breathe, work, pay bills. But her being suffers. As hope of love and justice fades, it is replaced by bitterness and rage. While bitterness may yet be diluted through fear or the occasional candy bribe, rage is a hungry beast, not easily domesticated.

It cannot be that some Indians consistently get away with destroying lives and livelihoods. They merely open the floodgates for all others to follow their lead. As it is, India has long suffered from a lack of active, visible justice. Many people already believe that existing systems and processes subvert the Constitution rather than enable it. If people were to stop participating even in the facade of justice, if expectation of dignity and respect were abandoned, then the law, its makers and its administrators will cease to mean anything.

Then, we will need to brace for the end of hope. I am not sure if it is possible to brace against such a thing.

Published in The Quinthttps://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/lok-sabha-elections-2019-are-done-bjp-nda-victory-not-end-of-hope

2 comments:

آدم said...


خدمة تقدمها شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض
تسليك مجاري بالضغط - تسليك مجاري المطبخ - وايت صرف صحي بالرياض - تسليك مجاري بالرياض - تسليك المجاري بالاسيد - تسليك المجاري بالملح - تسليك بالوعة المطبخ
شركة تنظيف مكيفات بالرياض
تمتلك افضل الطرق والمعدات في تنظيف الواحدات الداخلية والخارجية للمكيفات توفر تنظيف المكيفات الاسبلت الفريون الكاست شركة غسيل مكيفات توفر خدمة تعبئة الفريون بسعر مميز شركة نظافة مكيفات تساعد علي رفع كفاءة التشغيل مرة اخري

شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض

nader galal said...

السلام عليكم ورحمه الله وبركاته عملائنا الكرام تقدم شركه الصفرات افضل خدمات التنظيف وافضل العماله المدربه
ونحن ملتزمون بتقديم ضمان للعميل علي جودة الخدمة المقدمة المتفق
عليها مسبقا مع مندوبناونحن فى شركه الصفرات نسعى لتقديم افضل خدمه بأفضل الاسعار
على الاطلاق يوجد فى شركتنا كافه الخدات المزليه
منها عزل اسطه وتنظيف سجاد وتنظيف مجالس ونقل الاثاث ومكاغحه الحشرات وتسليك المجارى
وكشف تسريبات المياه وتنظيف المنازل وتنظيف المسابح بكل انواعها وتنظيف الخزنات وعزلها كما يوجد فى شركتنا افضل المعدات المستورده
التى نضمن بها كفائه الخدمه لعملائنا الكرام نحن فى شركه الصفرات نهتم بأدق التفاصيل لراحتك وراحه اسرتك كل ما عليك هو الاتصال بنا يصلك العماله المدربه بأحدث الاجهزه لأداء الخدمه المطلوبه بأفضل الاسعار
شركتنا من افضل الشركات على الاطلاق من حيث العماله وخبرتهم واحدث معدات التنظيف شركه الصفرات جائت لراحتك فقط تواصلو معانا نصلكم فى الحال فى كافحه انحاء الرياض
شركة الصفرات لتنظيف المنازل بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لعزل الاسطح بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لتنظيف المجالس بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لتنظيف السجاد بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لنقل الاثاث بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لكشف التسربات بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لتنظيف المسابح بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لتنظيف الخزانات بالرياض
شركة الصفرات لتسليك المجاري بالرياض

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