Maldives Repeats In South Africa

Sunil Dang

By Sunil Dang, Editor-in-Chief

In 1962, when state police left its station after Chinese border aggression, RSS Swayam Sevaks came forward and stopped Mandarin forces to took hold over the Indian Police Post. But, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarked on the Indian Army is condemnable. On one hand our government — which is affiliated to RSS — is busy clapping for our war heroes for surgical strikes while on other hand Mohan Bhagwat is claiming ‘what army is doing in months, his swayam sevaks can do that in three days.’ Such statements are demoralizing for our soldiers and their families who send their young lad on borders to save the nation. At a time, when our soldiers are repeatedly getting killed in Pakistan abetted terror aggressions, rather providing better technology and other requirements being sought by our soldiers, our government is mum on Bhagwat’s objectionable remarks, which speaks dual standard of the government on the Indian brave heart’s sacrifices.

Till beginning of the Budget Session, it was clearly visible that the Modi government was able to predict what Congress as opposition can do to destabilize BJP in parliament. The experience of being in the opposition for over 6 decades would guide their instincts like muscle reflexes. But, things changed this Budget Session. For the first time in the past few years, the Congress party seemed to have utilized their experience of being the ruling party. On the Rafale deal, the grand old party was able to sense what government can do to nullify opposition allegations and hence they came well prepared to set a debate over Rafale’s mysterious deal and all crook tools of the ruling coalition to irk Congress Party and force it to go for boycott or derailment of the parliamentary proceedings went in vain. In the remainder of current Lok Sabha, parliamentary proceedings are expected to further heat up as both Congress and BJP would be using their experience to predict their rival’s next move.

In a constitutional democracy, Constitutional sanctions are considered commandment for governance. However, it looks that ruling BJP government in Haryana has forgotten this democratic postulate. Their lackluster performance in terms of law and order during the Jat agitation and now withdrawal of cases against Jats is a glaring example of incompetent governance. The BJP can do this for petty political gains but what about their promises to the people of Haryana? In 2018, near 10 states are going to polls and the way public perception has changed in regard to Narendra Modi, it doesn’t augur well for the BJP. But, it also doesn’t augur well for the Congress too. Even if BJP loses near 60-65 Lok Sabha seats in next general elections, BJP can manage to garner support from the regional parties by changing their PM candidate. In such case, Modi’s ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ agenda may fall flat and Congress can be left sulking in the wake of ‘Modi Mukt BJP.’

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, leadership crisis in Maldives, Madhesi crisis in Nepal; all highlights the need to weave the SAARC closer together on the basis of a pragmatic blueprint to ensure greater regional stability. A key insight that may help New Delhi to establish such a blueprint is that of the need to ration its time away from China and constructively towards its other neighbours. In other news, the Supreme Court ruling in South Africa in a graft case doesn’t augur too well for President Jacob Zuma. As a response, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is holding an election this weekend to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader, with the winner likely to become the next president. The race has been dominated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former cabinet minister and chairwoman of the African Union Commission. Ramaphosa — supported by business community — has recently stepped up his criticism of Zuma’s scandal-plagued government, while Dlamini-Zuma has said her priority is to improve the prospects for the black majority. So, the battle is more political and hence it’s becoming increasingly clear that what’s happening in Maldives and Brazil is going repeat in South Africa as well.

This is for the first time in recent history that the Parliament, Media and Public are busy debating topics other than the budget even though it’s just been a fortnight since the union budget was presented. Rather than the run of the mill analyses of the union budget and consequent debating of its pros and cons, our leaders are busy in ‘Pakora Politics’, which reflects the frustration of our youth who want jobs fitting to their qualifications. The opposition did the right thing by reprimanding the government for claiming job creation through pakora jibe; however, they must realize that there is limit to their opposition. Such jibes add fuel to fire and there is a real worry about the youth losing its temperance in this regard resulting ina difficult law and order condition.

Jai Ho!