MP’s for sale, Blasts, Amar Singh’s N-jitters, Pakistani firing – What is the Indian thinking?

Posted on July 29, 2008. Filed under: India, Politics |

Amar Singh, the SP stalwart has expressed his concerns about the the potentially restrictive nature of the Hyde Act for India’s nuclear and other strategic interests. It is not so surprising given what we have been discussing as the strategic game being played by the parties in the Parliament. Congress, as we pointed out, would be behaving softly towards the Left, even after winning the trust vote – by keeping the potential renewal of alliance with the Left as a possibility, the Congress can keep the SP under pressure. So SP would also find some way of keeping the pressure on Congress, as also preclude any possibility of the Congress “encouraging” any move to implicate the SP in the “MP buying” scandals from behind SP’s back.

So, how is the political game shaping up? I have already written about three major groupings – The Congress+allies, BJP+allies, Mayavati [should write BSP, but I am reminded of the slogan of the 70’s “Indira is India, India is Indira” or the “I” in Congress(I)] +Left. In the Mayavati+Left group, it is Mayavati who gains and not the Left, as both the Congress and BJP will continue to woo Mayavati (although in reality wanting to neutralize her). Voting will be along highly polarized and community lines. A major mistake that any party can make is the assumption that the so called “marginals” or “rejects” and “repressed” of Hindu society will choose the “non-Hindu” when forced to choose between Hindu-non-Hindu. Most of India’s leadership belong to the elite, even the elite of respective social strata, and they no longer undertake travel through the dust and dirt of the country like Gandhiji or Vivekananda meeting and sharing the life of the poorest of the poor before they enter any organizational or leadership role. Thus increasingly the leadership gets surrounded by flattering courtiers and gets separated from the heart of the country, and this remains true of even the Left.

Pakistan’s knee-jerk reactions as expressed in the strange coincidence of increased ceasefire violations, at the same time blasts suspected to be carried out by affiliates of Pakistan based terror groups kills people on the streets and inside hospitals, shows that Pakistan’s elite is quite desperate. Its semi-feudal socio-economic structure refuses to change – and a key to the feudal elite’s powerbase is the preservation of a medieval ideology, and the existence of a “foreign devil”. Ironically, by its activities the elite of Pakistan is providing a similar “foreign devil” for the Indian populations, and this is going a long way towards a cultural consolidation that Pakistan’s elite would least want – that of the “Hindu”. The blasts are a panic reaction – to try and terrorize the population and the elite into thinking that any close cooperation with the West would be costly.

A good reading of the military tactics of the early spread of Islam can reveal a lot of the general strategic principles being used by the militants. These are essentially distinct from those of the Communist guerrilas, as the latter are based on the “fish swimming in the water of the people”. In the early days of Islam, there are well described assassinations, ambushes on unsuspecting people, on traders and caravans, and isolated oasis settlements. Here the Muslims are foraging into populations which do not support them or identify with them, and the only advantage that they can have is the element of surprise. There are specific instances that early Muslims under Muhammad do use deception to the degree that military ambushes are carried out wearing religious symbols during “holy months” (when traditionally fighting was banned in the peninsula) so that intended victims are lulled into a false sense of safety or where large groups of people gather traditionally for peaceful activities or festivities.

There are many indications that a redefinition of the “Hindu” is taking place, and a cultural consolidation is taking hold. In trying to compete with its detractors, the “Hindu” groups have considerably modified their strategies and stance – becoming more inclusive. The greater the attacks and denigrations on the “Hindu”, the greater will be the cultural unification of the “Hindu” leading to political effects down the line. The historians, politicians, faith leaders of religions with ambitions for converting the pagan “Hindu”, all in their excessive enthusiasm to deconstruct and liquidate “Hinduism” probably inadvertently have done exactly the opposite of what they wanted.

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