Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Economic liberalisation is anti-democratic

The debt we owe Kanshi Ram - Harish Khare

If Dr. Ambedkar can be credited with putting in place a constitutional edifice for the Indian state, it was Kanshi Ram whose organisational devices and political stratagems ended up shoring up the democratic legitimacy of the state system, that too at a time when anti-democratic forces had mounted an offensive against the egalitarian order.
The new regime, for better or for the worse, was anchored on a premise that the Indian state must turn its back on the masses, and that the polity must reverse the 30-year-old experiment in populism, and that the decision-makers must hitch their policy wagon to distant investors, creditors, and chambers of commerce. Suddenly, the very matrix of democratic legitimacy and popular accountability was being redefined — to the disadvantage of vast sections of Indian society.

In yet another brilliant analysis, Harish Khare says that economic liberalisation is anti-democratic.

The second development that helped Kanshi Ram become relevant was the sangh parivar's assault on the secular order. The assault began when Mr. Advani set out on his rath yatra from Somnath in 1990 and culminated in the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. More than the destruction of a medieval mosque, the sangh parivar was out to roll back the Ambedkarite constitutional order, with its promise of a place for everyone under the Indian democratic sun. Assorted sadhus, mahants, and shankaracharyas were sought to be elevated to the status of arbiters of our collective destiny. The Hindutva juggernaut was meant to use the democratic space to hijack the Indian polity away from large segments, especially the vulnerable and the marginalised.
The political prejudices of Harish Khare and CBCNN are amply displayed here. This is pure, unadulterated "secular" terrorism for you. Harish Khare levels several baseless allegations on the sangh parivar. And, CBCNN is the best media outlet for all these "secular" terrorists.

The Dalits remain the only "ethnic" group in India that has not experimented with the idiom of violence

The clever missionary ploy of categorizing dalits as a separate "ethnic" group, for conversion purposes, is being reinforced here. The editor-in-chief, N.Ram, is married to Mariam, a Keralite Syrian Christian. His first wife, Susan, is an English lady and also a Christian. N.Ram is a Christian by injection.

Many extremist groups have tried to enlist the Dalits in their "struggles" against the Indian state

Harish Khare does not mention who these extremist groups are. Please comrade, spare me the suspense and tell me who are these people fighting against the Indian state.

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