Political party system in a democracy.

My frustration comes from recent incidents like Dadri Lynching, Beef Ban, and complete non-response from the top BJP members to stop this.

I have been a great fan of AAP, up till some of its core democratic principles were sidelined in order to speed the progress, I am of course referring to expulsion of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from the party. Removal of Lokpal Admiral Ramdas, and most recently dissolution of AAP’s Maharashtra’s branches, and getting a new head for Maharashtra unit. There have been many other critical steps taken by AAP that I disagree with, but the for me the most troubling ones had been the above mentioned ones.

That brings to question, what exactly could have been done differently. I was recently pointed out that every system has its positives when introduced, but slowly issues creep up, and we have make changes. These issues were not even considered when originally planned.(Illustrated very nicely in book Series Shiva Trilogy, by Amish Tripathy, though I haven’t read it yet, I trust the judgement of the person who informed me.)

First individual selfish gatherings, then community, then elderly group, then monarchy, then democracy. There have been various forms of governments, each improving on some aspects of the past ones, Which points out one thing very clearly, there is no perfect solution yet.

Now coming to current discussion, the democracy in India, Being one of the largest democracies, India has a massive scale to test democratic ideas and principles, and find out vulnerabilities in a system, and hence a massive challenge to address them in time to improve.

Ill try to list down some major concerns I have with the current system.

  • 2014 election and BJP’s win on a single persons (Narendra Modi) image and propaganda. The concern is, that due to what was termed as Modi Wave, a wide range of people got into elected positions, just because they got a ticket to contest for BJP in the area. Their affiliation to a political party got them their MP seat. Their individual characterstics, criminal background, Educational background was not considered.
  • Post 2014 election, the inability for people in the highest chairs, PM and MP’s to be held accountable to events like ‘ghar wapsi’, ‘beef ban’, ‘church vandalization’, etc, where the execution of Parliament was blocked to just get a comment out of PM. Which never came.
  • Post 2015 Delhi election, AAP leaders could not be held accountable for removing Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, and Admiral Ramdas. Many changes were against party constitution, but still. A case against them would take years to resolve, just to turn the decision of removal.
  • The fact that people have to wait for another 4 years after which they can hold MP’s accountable again. Which would be sidelined by placing Pigs in Mosques and Beef in Temples, (See Bihar election), so the important questions are forgotten, and only current topics are discussed.
  • Slow Judicial system, and its inability to prosecute the people, who polarise the community before elections.
  • MP’s from a political party cannot disagree to the proposal raised by their party, cannot support the CM of another party (unless its 1/3rd in strength). and so on.

I believe the major issue that we are seeing is the lack of individuality in the elections, and after the elections. So Here is a thought experiment.

Consider a democracy, where there are no political parties, just individuals.Where elections are fought and won on individual names, not their associations. CMs are decided by voting among the selected MLAs and PMs from voting by MPs. Just a representational electoral chain. People well in advance can declare their consideration for CM/PM hood, and others claim their support to them. So say I want Modi to be the PM, I can chose among many people contesting for MP, who support Modi for their vote. And the house is not made by trading support of political parties, but by people, after declaring an agenda. If the PM/CM sidelines from the agenda, or do not respond to a concern of the citizens, a No-Confidence motion can considered to re-asses the majority of the PM. Which is how he can be held accountable to the MPs.

Next the MPs can be held accountable by the lower level of elected representatives, and so on till the individual community, whose leader can be accountable by votes in that community.

This system seem to be very hard to implement, and seem to be very unstable as people do not have a fixed term, to work independently. So to address that, we can add No-Confidence motion can only be raised when Parliament is in session, which may give a gap of 6 months stability, and a total of 5 years before complete re-election.

Now in this complete system, if a group of individuals want to come together under a common ideological umbrella, and name it something, let it be, but that cannot be a restriction later.

And as always the judicial system need to be improved. Which is in a very bad state today.

After feeling down for so long, I came across Javed Akhtar’s interview.

Lets all hope India comes out of these incidents stronger, and resilient.

Jai Hind.

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An evening in shayari.

Riyasat Kaash Tajurbon ki hoti…

Nahin hota Waris ka Rutba itna Mamuli.

Riyasat – Empire, Tajurbon – Experiences, Waris- Inheritor


Aasmaan ka Darja uuncha rahe taaron se…

Jo Aasmaan na hota to kahaan hote yeh.

Darja-Status, Taaron- Stars


Faanuus ne andheere mein ujaala kya kiya…

Bhool gaye log apne sone ka waqt.

Faanuus – Chandeliers,


Taaron ke baahar bijli hai wahi…

Jise log Jaadu kaha karte the.

Taaron-Wires


Kahin Khaane ki hai numaaish, hain kahin Faaqe…

Siyaasatdaaron, yeh najaayaz nahin hai.

Numaaish-Show off, Faaqe- Fast(hunger), Siyasatdaaron- Owners of the Empire, Najaayaz- Illegal


Main Hindu, main Musalmaan, main Sikh, main Isaayi…

Gar main sab nahin, mai koi nahin.

Gar- Agar(if)


Chamakte Farshon se tumnein safai pehchaani…

Aur garibon ko Ganda kar diya.

Farshon-Grounds/Tiles


In Bacchon ko bachpan se hi do tarbiyat….

Ki kaise yeh tumhaari khwaish ban sakein.

Alt: Ki kaise yeh tumhaari tarhan ban sakein.

Tarbiyat – Values


Nahin hai Kalam paise se taqatwar…

Nahin aaj nahin hai.

Kalam- Pen, taqatwar-Powerful


Udaasi ki bimaari ka dawa se ilaaj karte ho…

Bas Ghareebi ki dawai na bana lena.


Har Galti ki saza milni zaroori ho….

Galti ko Gunaah bante der nahin lagti.


Kya Galat kya Sahi, Yeh faisla kaun karega…

Khuda karega ya Guzre Zamana karega…

Kaunsa Faisla Galat, kaunsa Sahi, Yeh faisla kaun karega…

Khuda karega ya Guzre Zamana karega.

Guzre-Ongoing, Faisla-Decision


Zinda hun aaj bhi yeh soch kar…

Ek karz hai jo zamaane ko chukana hai…

Karzdaar main hun, ya yeh zamaana mera,

Aaaj bas itna Samajhna aur Samjhaana hai.

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Mujhe naam na do (poem)

Kabhi to mujhe apne tajurbe se jaano,
Pehchaano mujhe, Mujhe naam na do,

Zindagi ne mujhe naam diya tha jo,
Taaki meri pehchaan karsake laakho mein woh,

Kayi dino tak kayi naame soche,
Phir socha chalo Shahzor naam rakhlo

Aaj naam se mujhe parkha jaata hai,
Mere khaandan mere yakin ko samjha jaata hai

Mujhe apna ya paraya parakhne ke liye,
Milte hi mera naame pucha jaata hai

Koshish karte hain log meri aadaton ka andaaza lagain,
Apne pichle logon se milne ke tajurbe ko aazmain,

Phir meri kuch baat buri lag jaaye to,
Mere saath hue kisse ko aage aur logon pe lagayein

Aisa sapna maangta hun gujarti raaton se,
Jaane mujhe log meri aadaton se

Samjhein ke mere jaise hain sabhi log,
Sabhi alag banjaate hain haalaton se.

Kabhi to mujhe apne tajurbe se jaano
Pehchaano mujhe, Mujhe naam na do.

Haste the log bulakar mujhe suvar sa safed ya raat sa kaala,
Itna bhi nahin socha is naam ne mera kya hashr kar daala.

Jab bistar se uthna, lagta tha dil ko bhaari,
Chalo ek aur din, karte karte diya saal guzaara,

Haste the log kehkar mujhe lambu ya mota,
Socha lamba hai sar phod lega, mota hai to hoga chota

Kaash rok deta un sabhi ko usi waqt,
Kya karein akela tha, jitne dost the unhein bhi khota.

Kyun nahin samajhte log aqliyat(minority) pe zimmedaari ko,
Jab jashn mana sakte hain aur badha sakte hain kalakaari ko,

Har soch, har zindagi, har zamin ko mile barabar Zaahirat (representation),
Gar nahin yakin to seekh lo is adaakaari ko,

Kabhi to mujhe apne tajurbe se jaano
Pehchaano mujhe, Mujhe pehchaan na do.

Kabhi to mujhe apne tajurbe se jaano
Pehchaano mujhe, Mujhe naam na do.

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Mujhe Naam Na Do

The day I was born, I was named Shahzor Khan,
My parents undoubtedly named me after doing a lot of thinking and name finding, but they also named me a Muslim.

As very beautifully said at the end of the movie “A Wednesday”, people find religion in the name of others.
In Muslims and Christians, its only religion, in Hindus, it is their caste, which essentially tells what your ancestors did for a living.

So I post my first question, why don’t we use names that are more religion specific.
People like naming their children to great people of our times, Which in a way reflect Cultural heritage.
Next people do think about Naming kids with beautiful meanings, but the language origin of the name tend to give away the religion,
As Arabic, English/Latin, Hebrew, Sanskrit all are related to religions.

Consider the name Ray(Light), John(Personality), Samuel – You first thought from the name is that they are Christians,
Then Consider Ravi(Sun), Chandni(Moonlight), Vishal(Huge)- First thought is always that they are Hindus. Or one among Indian based Religions.

And an amazing irony is when ever a person converts his religion, due to any religion, (I am talking more about Hindu-Muslim-Christian conversions), he goes ahead and changes his name.
It kind of spells out that the name is meant to identify your religion.

I don’t have any problem with any of these names, or that it is in a specific language, I am concerned because religion, which is supposed to be a personal thing in this new age of Globalization, is not personal, its widely a community thing. This may have been true, Since earlier only one religion was known to a community, and all of them followed it either mildly or rigorously, without questions asked. It is changing now, since the communities are getting settlers and they bring in new ideas, new religions.

And when it becomes a community thing, it creates an ideology that a community should propagate or protect their religion, which leads to clashes and conflicts.
Can this be avoided? Actually it is getting slowly avoided.
I see it more as a language issue, Being not connected, the world created a vast number of languages, which now are mostly getting second preferences and getting reduced.
Its no shame in acknowledging that English is becoming major language in the world, a kind of standardization for communication.
As time and generations pass, the languages are going to get diminished and a single language will continue, and naming will be limited to it.

But my idea for this post is not limited to that.

It is to explore naming, in general, including name calling by people with names other than the birth names.
I recently came across a video on campaign “Dark is beautiful”, which brought back the name calling memories and prejudices people had.

First lets get behind the creative mind of the person who introduces a new name for another person.
These names tend to be descriptive, and derogatory.
Consider a person calling another one a Bastard or a Mother F***er, this name is derogatory, but not descriptive, as the person being referred to does not relate to the name in any sense so it do not relate to shaming.
Now consider a fat person being called a hippopotamus, or a long person being called a tower, or a dark person being called a “kaali bengali”, this is descriptive and this is shaming.
Now lets ask ourselves naively, what does the name caller get from inventing such a name, a laugh, probably a laugh from friends, a sense of pride for inventing something new.
And now realistically, he gets a sense of pride being fit, of Ordinary(or Correct) height, or being fair. He gets a sense of being better than the person being referred to, and implies that with his remark.
No wonder pride is counted as one of seven sins.

Now what can we do to help this?
I think we have been silent and removing ourselves for too long leaving these mindsets to thrive.
I think we should confront a person for saying such things publicly and make him realize it is unacceptable to bear such people.

Hope the world moves towards a more accepting and embracing side or humanity.

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Why I as a Indian do not wish to vote for Narendra Modi in the context of Secularism.

Consider a thought experiment.

Lets say that in one of the proclaimed secular countries, A country exists which has around

80% religion A,

13% religion B,

7% other countless religions, including some tribal religions.

Now lets go ahead and consider the country is Democratic. Which means any notion of voting in the name of religion will clearly favour the religion A.

Now finally consider that there are some democratic parties in the country, Party Pa, and Pb, which are nearly 99%(if not 100%) members of religion A and they are fighting elections based on religious issues.

Q1: Should we allow such parties to come to power?

Q2: Should any religious activity, or agenda be limited of religious societies and religious leaders of a country? Does it make sense to allow political parties to include non-political issues like religion, in their manifesto.

Clearly If we see the connection the parties referred here are parties like VHP, RSS, AIMM, IUML etc. I have only included the parties that I know of. I haven’t done any extensive research in the area.

Now lets come to a clear question:

Should any party be allowed to include religion, region, language and community based agenda into their political agenda? If the answer is no, then should these be de-recognized by the govt,of india.

Of course these will make these parties rename themselves to a non-religious names, and continue their agenda.

Let me go ahead and further claim, in an idealistic scenario, no party should be allowed to use any religious, regional, and lingual agenda in their rallies at all. For any regional, religious or lingual issues, the govt. must have ministries that deal with the issues and may keep in touch with appropriate societies to listen to their demands and make changes in the law etc.

 

Now, why do I not like Narendra Modi?

First and foremost reason, he has strong backing by RSS, VHP and other proclaimed Religiously inclined leaders/politicians.

Secondly, In past there had been an incident of organized communal violence, where he has been charged.

His case was dropped by the Supreme court, claiming there was no sufficient evidence to convict. However there are accusations of SIT being partial to Modi. Further, either due to fear of losing his backing, or real intent, Narendra Modi, is yet to make apolegetic statement for the Gujrat Riots, some reports even claim that he has never visited any riot affected areas. If he is not communal himself, he is definitely not willing to take a stand on non-communal approach due to fear losing his backing.

Lastly: In the BJP manifesto for LS 2014, the Ram Mandir construction is mentioned, which again is a religious issue, and should not be endorsed by BJP being a national party.

 

Hope that I have explained my reasons on the subject.

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Understanding Religion?

Religion is usually criticized as blind faith, which is usually mentioned for believing in events, procedures and peoples existence without proof.

I donot question faith, faith is a good thing to have, but I disagree with having blind faith. One of the major issue prevailing not only in India but through out the world, is mass exploitation of people in the name of religion. And I believe one of the main issues with that is people having blind faith on the religious teachers, I do not refer to the religious prophets, but rather the preachers who are preaching religions.

Its not the fault of the religions, but rather the times, or rather the language. The religious books, or orignal preachings of the prophet or god, are written in languages specific to the people or the region where it was revealed.

A lot of context is lost when ever we try to get projection of anything. Consider an idea, The idea when written down in words, no matter how powerful the writer is there is definitely some loss of the idea, that was not or cannot be “projected” correctly.

And once we translate the words to other languages, mostly the content is not completely expressed in the new language. Why am I saying this?

Most of the languages used in original religious texts are extinct or not used by the major population of the religion,

Eg. Arabic, Sanskrit, Pali, Latin. Hebrew, etc. (see Sacred Languages)

Once translated for the general population, they either do not read it, even if they do, there are arguments led by preachers, that the context in the original text meant this or that. The parents further give more priority for children to develop religious habits, of blindly following rituals rather than encouraging them to understand their religious texts.

The practice of reading and mindlessly repeating the chants, without much understanding is dangerous, as it leads to fanaticism, blind followers etc.

I am not against religious preachings, but I hope the righteous people will agree, understanding religion is more important then blindly following it.

Being a Muslim myself, I find it bad or odd, why learning Arabic was never the main aim of our religious preachings, it was rather just mug all the arabic chants/sura-hs and repeat mindlessly. I agree there are translations available, but sincerely speaking I do not remember the meaning of the aayats when I am reciting them. And that is bad, and dangerous.

I do hope I learn to understand Arabic as smoothly as I understand English, Hindi or Urdu today, but while that time has come, I do not wish to believe people without doing my research.

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We grew up?

We grew up to be clean clothed, we no longer play with sand in the garden.
We grew up to have good eating habits, we no longer cut oranges into half and suck the pulp
We grew up to be graceful and charming, we no longer run like crazy in the hall.
We grew up to be respectful of other’s feelings, we no longer express ourselves
We grew up to understand country, state, religion, caste, class and occupation, we no longer see person as individual
We grew up to become independent and behaved, we no longer express to be wanted and pampered
We grew up to be aware of the place and people, we no laugh so hard that we get tears in our eyes
We grew up to have respect food, we no longer play with our food
We grew up to treat others well, we no longer throw dirt or things over each other
We grew up to understand the world, we no longer put things into our mouth to taste them
We grew up to respect our elders and bosses, we no longer say no to a person of authority
We grew up to be respectful and ideal, we no longer say hug our loved ones whenever we feel like it
We grew up to be sincere, we no longer have the sparkle in our eyes
We grew up to be adaptive, we no longer leave whatever we have behind to search for new interest
We grew up to understand importance of money, we no longer walk away from something that we don’t want to do any more

We grew up to be Adults, But still in there somewhere we all still want to be child again.

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