Fear and Hate in Indian Politics
In marketing parlance "fear" is one of the powerful concepts to market a product. Marketing of water purifiers, medicated toilet soaps etc are fine examples for "fear concept". In Indian politics, right from the first general election in the year 1952, Indian National Congress, capitalized on this "fear concept" and continues to do so.
With the assassination of Gandhiji and the communal flare up in Noakhali, fresh in the minds of people, Nehru created fear in the psyche of Indians, especially the Muslim community about the Hindu ideologists. Since our independence INC has kept the Indian Muslim community in perpetual paranoia, concocting a fable out of nothing, demonizing Hindus out to obliterate Muslims in India. The persons, who have swallowed the bait and turned paranoid, became the easy target for subversive forces from across our borders. Our communist comrades, not tired of making a mountain out of a mole hill, successfully created a rift between different classes of people. If one has to believe their theory, the working class are the people who work and all the executives and capitalists enjoy finest things in life without working. I was a victim of their absurd philosophy of hatred, working as a middle level manager in Kerala, in late 80's and early 90's.
Not lagging behind, RSS, BJP, Shiv Sena et al, tries to create a fear psychosis in the minds of majority religion, taking advantage of Congress philosophy, terming it as pseudo secularism. The Shiv Sena has grown only out of hate campaign; in 70's they have created a hate campaign against 'Madrasis', later against Muslims and recently against Biharis and north Indians.
Indian politicians have perfected the art of "fear psychosis" by demonizing a religion, caste or class. Perhaps they have taken the cue from the Nazis, who have demonized "Jews" as the root cause for all the German woes, in the previous century. In the general election immediately after Indira Gandhi's assassination, all the news paper advertisements of Indian National Congress demonized "Sikh" community. If one believed the advertisement copy matter verbatim, one would be scared to enter a cab in Delhi, mostly driven by "Sikhs".
In the 60's, Dravidian parties of Tamil Nadu had unleashed a fear campaign against Brahmins and Hindi, the two demons out to destroy Tamil culture and Tamil. Fear is an emotion, stoking it is easier for the devious gains of the political parties. To a great extent the Dravidian parties have successfully driven out the Brahmins from bureaucracy and a whole generation of Tamilians, cut off from the mainstream by denying their rightful choice to learn the national language. The Dravidian parties have one point agenda, "Ignorance of people is Bliss for the leaders". The adage "One reaps what one sows" is unfailingly proved in the present day. When Hate is the central theme of any party, the hatred does not stop with the short term victory and spreads it ugly tentacles among the entire society, manifesting in different violent symptoms. Malevolent intentions for short term electoral gains cannot ensure benevolent results for the society or the country.
Fear and Hate in Indian Politics
- » Published on June 11, 2008
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