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Ratan Sharda
Politics of power and power of feudalism 03 September, 2012
News of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister bestowing 24 hr uninterrupted supply to privileged citizens of Rae Bareilly and Amethi, apart from 3 other fortunate districts, and Lucknow has not created sense of outrage it should have. Are we moving forward or backward?

I AM surprised at the muted reaction of media and hence the chattering classes to the news that Rae Bareilly will now get 24 hr. electricity from UP government courtesy a request from Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. In fact, a few news reports cited this as the shrewd power of Sonia ji. This is taken nothing more than ‘power play’ of Mulayam and Sonia.

I am incensed at the lack of sensitivity of the media and opinion leaders to this blatant show of a feudal mindset when I note that only 5 districts of UP will get 24 hr supply – 3 that elected ‘Yadav khandaan’ and 2 that elected ‘Nehru Gandhi khandaan’. Other lucky ‘riyasat’ is Lucknow, by virtue of it being the ‘rajdhani’! 

Are we really living in 21st century? Are we really a modern nation that our ‘secular’ ‘progressive’ friends claim it to be? And talk of their being worried about ‘Hindutva’ types taking India back to 19th century with their moralistic stance! I am puzzled, what is worse.

People are so busy gossiping about financial embezzlements to the tune of billions of dollars, that they have overlooked utter moral corruption, embezzlement of people’s faith in a supposedly democratic India. Of all the perversions going on in the name of progressive politics that promotes communalism and casteism in the name of secularism, this is the worst form of perversion. 

Throwing favours like 24 hr electricity on select few to the utter neglect of vast populace is nothing but a strong signal, if one was ever required, that we are regressing back to grand old days of feudalism.  Congress minister, Mr. Sahay’s defence of getting coal blocks for his brother reflects the same mentality of ‘special rights’ of conferring or snatching favours upon their favourites. We also have a history of railway ministers treating railways as their private property and bestowing  projects to their own constituencies and if not possible, to their own state.

What, prey,  is the mistake of other wretched citizens of UP who voted for Samajvadi party? Is it their mistake, (or their sins of their past karmas) that they were born in districts where their rulers didn’t fight elections? Ofcourse, the sub-human species who voted for opposition deserve the worst treatment, but even the supporters of Samajavadi party? 

This news is so weird that only thing more weird is acceptance of this news as a ‘routine’ favour of one ruler to another. Or a signal of ‘changing power equations’ as our intellectual editors put it. Where are the people, who are supposed to be central to democratic idea? We have not been able even absorb the shocking revelations of the crooked ‘crony capitalism’ by the rulers professing their love for ‘aam aadmi’; and now we are witness to this feudal spirit of our rulers blooming under the benign flag ship of ‘socialist party’ aka ‘samajvadi party’.

We are plumbing to new depths each day. Infact, I avoid picking up daily newspaper now a days and prefer watching witless soap operas (regressive - to quote our progressive friends, who fawn over these new age socialists) rather than watch news editors hectoring politicians. We know both are playing games. Both are playing games of one-upmanship, professing to protect democracy and freedom of opinion. How do I believe them professing neutral stance, fierce fight for freedom when I know that many of them didn’t have guts to report destruction of their own properties during recent riots forced upon peaceful citizens of Mumbai by fundamentalist Muslims, when I know for a fact that news space can also be purchased? 

Infact, on second thoughts, why should I be surprised that none of them have raised this issue of bestowing favours on  selected ‘praja’ by ‘raja’! I see no reason for our opinion leaders to raise their voice against this latest regression towards feudalism as it doesn’t affect their cosy relationship with rulers and media that provides them their daily butter and bread.

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About The Author
Ratan Sharda is a citizen journalist. He has authored books like 'Secrets of RSS'. A marketing consultant by profession, Mr. Sharda is a keen observer of the country's political scenario.
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