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As Indians, stand up and be counted: Political parties applying 'divide and rule' formula
You like it or not, at the end of the sixth phase of polling for general election 2014, the entire polity especially in UP and Bihar is highly polarized. The Sahi Imams and Amit Shahs (Giriraj Singhs and many more) now take over the election campaign just to provoke sentiments, spread hatred and polarise people on religious lines so as to reap vested selfish interest.

It all started from Rashid Masood’s hatred video clip, followed by irresponsible comments from Beni Prasad Verma, Mulayam Singh Yadav, some BJP, SP and Congress leaders. It reached to such an extreme that even Azam Khan, the senior UP minister didn’t spare Indian Army and attempted to divide it on religious line of Hindu-Muslim.

The pattern was always there. The efforts to divide the society on the basis of caste are deep-rooted in our polity. Everybody in public says that there shouldn’t be any caste based divisions in our society, but in practice everybody prominently re-establishes the caste base for vested interest. Political parties' main intention is to divide people. More the division, more would be the chance for opportunistic politicians to win election and control the polity.

Even during the days when Lalu appeared to be invincible in Bihar some social experts named his opportunistic caste equation mixed with religious polarization as unique social engineering. I never understood who benefited from such unique social engineering.

But should we always blame the politicians? Why are we polarized on the basis of caste, religion and creed? Why can’t we see through the selfish design of the politicians in provoking us? Why do we forget that we are the master of the democracy and our representatives shouldn’t fool us?

The answer lies within us. An honest introspection of self would reflect that we are opportunists as well. We are very vocal on principles but great offenders while practicing. We just get carried away with the provocations and never ever realize the point behind the provocation.

Why shouldn’t we be honest to our democracy? Why can’t we ask our representatives to stop all such dirty tricks? Why are we ready to fight at slightest provocation? Why we are biased on caste, creed or community during voting? Did we ever attempt to be a sincere, accountable and dutiful citizen? If we can’t make ourselves rightful owners of democracy, how can we expect our representatives to be honest and committed to democracy?

It’s easy to say that after six-decades of democracy, nothing significant has been achieved. But it’s important to ask ourselves also why we aren’t mature as democratic citizens even after six-decades of independency? As argumentative Indians we always ask questions. Have we ever asked right questions to self?

Try this. Ask yourselves, why I should be provoked by Masood, Imam or Amit Shah, who just want to fool me. Why should I choose a wrong man for the country only because he is from my community/caste or circle? Why should I fail to fulfill my fundamental duty to the Constitution before asking fundamental right from the nation? Why should I blame somebody without checking whether I too can be blamed for the downgrading of our democracy?

The point is very clear. Once we start asking such questions to self, we would get immediate answers and our attitude towards democracy, nation and system would change positively. If we change positively, the polity and society has to change accordingly.

Should we start asking questions right at this hour or, should we still leave it for the future generations, thinking they would do so?

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