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The cookie should not crumble that way!
It was only yesterday when the BJP was forced to sit out of power in spite of emerging as the single-largest party. Its state as well as central leadership has got a hot omelette on its face.

Every Indian as well as the whole world knew that the party brazenly deployed all underhand tricks yet failed miserably. The well-known film actor, film director, producer, thespian and television presenter who is known for his works in the South Indian film industry tweeted immediately after the BJP defeat:

 "KARNATAKA is not going to be SAFFRON...but will continue to be COLOURFUL....Match over before it began...forget 56 couldn't hold on for 55 hours..jokes apart...dear CITIZENS now get ready for more muddy politics..will continue to stand for the CITIZENS and CONTINUE." 

I've not been writing for the last six months as I felt no purpose was being served. False promises and propaganda were winning over reason and reality. There are times in life when we begin to lose faith in established norms, set values and even the people around. These are worst of times since RSS-BJP juggernaut has captured power. The vengeful majoritarianism, in the name of nationalism, is becoming a reality of secular India and I shall not take up the topic of pathetic status of Indian Muslims here as it would be digression from the objective of this article. 

Autocracy is replacing the democracy and there are so many examples where the strong public institutions that are vital pillars of democracy have been undermined or forced to mellow down to implement the government dictates. 

Whatever might be the shortcomings of the Congress party, the reputation of India's Election Commission (EC) as a guardian of election processes for conducting free and fair elections has never been questioned. Now it has come under strain. Let's recall that the EC delayed the announcement on Gujarat Assembly's poll dates with an excuse of disrupting the flood relief operation. It facilitated ample time to BJP to announce several schemes to hoodwink the voters and win. On record, most of the former election commissioners had unanimously condemned the EC's decision. 

Another example - In January 2018, the EC disqualified 20 Aam Aadmi Party members of the Delhi Legislature on technical grounds. The Delhi High Court overruled that decision, calling it "bad in law" and "violating principles of natural justice." 

It is true that the Congress party had also misused the office of Governor to pull the mat but what happened in Karnataka was unprecedented. The leverage of 15 days to prove majority was an extraordinary favour to catapult the BJP to power. 

The worried and stressed judiciary is another symptom of unease and disease. Not for nothing the Supreme Court's four-most senior judges had held a press conference to question Chief Justice Dipak Misra's allocation of cases. It was clear from their comments that the highest judicial seat was assigning cases to the preferred judges for unknown motives. 

As the disastrous consequences of demonetization of November 2016 proved later, there appeared to be no cohesion between the think-tank of BJP politicians and the experts of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The government failed to anticipate the problems that the scheme would cause and the RBI had to issue 138 notifications about the demonetization process over 70 days. 

In the recent Karnataka state elections, Narendra Modi denounced India's first Prime Minister for allegedly having insulted two army chiefs from the state. The history corroborated that this did never occur.

Such behaviour is being facilitated by an assault on the free press that has almost abdicated its responsibilities and cowed down by the power de jure.

If you say that's the way the cookie crumbles or that's how the cookie crumbles you mean that you have to accept the way things happen or develop, even if it is not what you wanted. But let me quote here:

"No. Don't give up hope just yet. It's the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope." …………………….Pittacus Lore

And listen to what Justice J Chelameswar said in his last speech: 

"I have been a student of Constitutional law for the past 40 years. I just believed in democratic values. And today, apart from the theory which I studied, I'm convinced that these democratic liberties only belong to the bold and vigilant people… timid do not have the liberties even if they are granted by somebody… It is in the hands of you people, the younger generation and your own ideals, your own vision of what kind of India you want to live in."

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