Weak political parties derail parliamentary democracy


Shortly after the Udaipur murder, the RSS held a three-day meeting of its Prant Pracharaks and senior officials from across the country in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. The meeting also brought together representatives of the BJP and other Sangh affiliates to discuss the barbarism that Udaipur has witnessed and the intensity of the precariousness into which the country’s Hindus have been thrown, despite a huge political victory in their favor. Not so long ago, the Congress party was convening its Chintan Shibir in Udaipur and the RSS and Congress meetings had special purposes. The RSS may have found potential reasons to strategize to oust the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot in the upcoming state elections, which the Sangh said remained passive throughout the unfolding of the horrible murder and while the chilling waves of horror emanated from the state. And for the Congress, its Chintan Shibir should have been an opportunity to delve into the anomalies that the arrogance of the party’s most powerful dynasty earned it, and to find solutions to resolve the dissensions and dissatisfactions of its cadres. .

The BJP this time held its national conclave at the bottom of the south in the city of Hyderabad recently. The party executive meeting was expected to focus primarily on what he identified as a push for electoral victories in the south. With the exception of Karnataka, the other southern Indian states remained uphill territories for the party which were mostly under the control of local satraps. Unable to hit the region with its usual political narratives of Hindi, Hindu and Hindutva, the party offered to enter the scenario with a new recital – “Dynasty politics”. Joking about political dynasties, the BJP aptly aims its arrows at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu. BJP is ready to wait for Andhra Pradesh as Jagan Mohan Reddy is not untouchable for the party. And for Kerala, as the state is not the electoral laboratory of any particular family, the BJP should craft different narratives to fit the political dynamics of the state. Nipping its winning aspirations in the bud, local coalitions, both the LDF and UDF, have so far been able to keep the BJP behind the fence. All the three conclaves had their own significance and knowledge with regard to their organizational structure and their respective objectives.

The RSS, for now, is unable to refine the symphony of its usual protective Hindutva song. And the barbarism after the Nupur Sharma episode has turned its supporters by raising questions about the team’s ability to protect the Hindutva ideology of which it has been the founder and propagandist since 1925. The Sarsanghchalak’s remarks on the Gyanvapi controversy have probably touched the emotions of a large number of Hindus under the rug. Significant fire fighting angers Hindus over what the Gyanvapi survey uncovered; a tremor at the washing point of the controversial mosque – Bhagwat’s efforts were to prevent gushing Hindu emotions from further damaging the image of the BJP government at the center. An India without the BJP holding the reins of power is unthinkable for the RSS at present. This is the reason why the Sangh, despite understanding Modi’s great popularity beyond the standards and definitions he laid down, is now willing to compromise to go the extra mile of disguised compassion on everything. which goes against his interest in protecting Hindu rights. Its silence on the arrests of sadhus which caused communal friendship at their gathering in Haridwar and its efforts to systematically distance itself from all controversial issues by assuming the image of a matured moderator, the RSS tries to send messages through his detractors to see him as a ruler, seeking to present the liberal face of Hindutva. Traversing its periphery of activity, the RSS is gesticulating, a reality that has deepened its misgivings, that Modi’s popularity has lifted the party from the shadow of servitude that the RSS had once managed to propagate. The party has now managed to build its surprisingly visible image everywhere without much of its support coming directly from the RSS and the Sangh leadership is convinced of this truth.

The political prosperity that the RSS and the BJP might achieve individually, and to some extent collectively, should strain the nerves of Congress and other dynasties in India. The longer they remain inactive, the more devastating their political future will be. What comes as an advantage to the BJP-RSS coalition is that it never supports dynasties and workers from local to national level, stands and fights to save its fearless and dedicated ideological backfill. The political victory that this coalition could manage to achieve for the second time in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh has almost made its fortunes solid in the Hindi cow belt regions. The push of the party in South India should be seen as a calculated and achievable length that the party leadership has decided to go forward. On the other hand, the Congress, with its Udaipur conclave declaring the future course of action with inclusive and participatory approval, has not made much headway in bringing about changes in its usual set of behaviors. The party often ends up making the same mistakes by becoming abusive towards Modi and thus slandering the essence of India. The controversies that arise daily over the party’s intentions have often pushed it hard into an incongruous, immature and despicable position. It is a victim of its own internal contradictions and a leadership without commitment or political maturity plunges its meager fortune into frequent turbulence, further exacerbating its internal conflicts.

What is undeniable at this point is the absence of a common opposition preventing the belligerent BJP from celebrating its supremacy. This was evident in the body language of opposition parties who raved over the BJP’s decision to field Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate. Modi’s stronghold could once again successfully break through the wayward walls of opposition unity, rallying many opposition parties to his side and garnering support for his choice of candidacy. This will also be repeated during the elections of the vice-presidents. Being mostly confused and entangled in the opposite character of a self-destructive approach; opposition parties will keep their distance from each other, indirectly paving the way for what the BJP is planning. The result is clear and visible; a country without a strong and creative opposition will be unleashed. The ruling alliance gaining more confidence in the pitfalls of the opposition will become more evil and unchallenged. The monsoon session in parliament will once again witness tumult and disruption with nothing significant happening there. An Opposition, overthrown by its own ill will, would remain unproductive and afraid to be resourceful and sagacious on matters on which the common people of the country are mistaken. India needs to redefine its parliamentary democracy with more voices from the opposition side creatively echoing people’s issues. Congress should pull its resolve from the dungeons of strange forgetfulness and giddy mindset and try to pick up pebbles of political fortune by becoming an outspoken opposition.

(The author is a freelance journalist and social worker based in Kerala. The opinions expressed are the personal opinion of the author. He can be contacted at [email protected])