Some years back I appeared in a panel discussion on NDTV channel ( about the lynching of Ikhlaque in Dadri ) anchored by Barkha Dutt ( it can be seen on YouTube ) in which I said that Indian politicians should be hanged. The politicians on that panel ( one each from BJP, Congress, and SP ) who were earlier quarreling with each other, got suddenly united on hearing this, and started attacking me, calling me senile and what not. But what wrong did I say ?
Indian politicians polarize the people on caste and communal lines to get votes. Most of them are in politics for power and pelf, not with any genuine desire to serve the people. So should people who are mostly corrupt and spread hatred in society not be hanged ?
India is a country with tremendous diversity ( because it is broadly a country of immigrants, as I have explained at length in my article ‘ What is India ‘ which can be see online ), so it is absolutely essential for its very survival and prosperity that every community and sect be given equal respect, and all our people live in harmony with each other.
But the aim of our politicians is to divide people and incite and spread caste, communal, regional, lingual and ethnic hatred and strife ( to get votes ). So don’t such people deserve to be hanged ?
In the Shantiparva of Mahabharat, Bheeshma Pitamah tells Yudhishthir :
” Bhedaat ganaah vinashyanti bhinnaastu supajapa paraih
Tasmaat sanghaast yogen prayateran ganaah sada ”
” Republics are destroyed only by internal divisions between the people
Therefore a Republic should always try to maintain good relations among its people ”
( Shantiparva of Mahabharat, chapter 108, shlok 14 )
And again :
” Teshaam anonya bhinnaanaam swashaktim anuthishtataam
Nigrahah panditaih kaarya kshipramev pradhaanatah ”
” Therefore the wise people in a Republic should crush the chiefs of the wicked persons who try to divide the people ”
( Shantiparva, chapter 108, shlok 26 )
So Indians, follow Bheeshma Pitamah’s advice and crush our politicians, these serpents, who are absolutely shameless, and the chief persons who sow strife in society for their selfish ends.
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