All the socio-political events can be viewed from the perspective of the ruled and the ruler. Beyond these two diametrically opposite perspectives, there may be a lot many observational interpretations which are the mix of these two in different proportion. The outburst of the professional intellectuals and the middle class people’s pent up anger in the event of Anna Hazare’s hunger fast and the subsequent turn of the situation towards building up a sustained movement is also not an exceptional event that cannot be viewed from divergent angle. The type of ‘civil society’ which develops within the womb of capitalism and acts beyond the institution of state as a buffer for the workers to take relief, cannot be expected in a country like India with a semi-colonial status. The subtle and complex dimension of colonial hegemony amounts to reorganization of civil society of the colonized through a diffusion of cultural-ideological construction and moral regulation. The ‘civil society’ here has an intimate relationship and private aspects of life as patriarchy, skewed views on motherhood, sex and sexuality and inherits colonial property laws and regulations etc. The people or the class of people who appears to constitute the civil society are in anyway the integral part of the state, though they are losing faith on the efficacy of the existing state due to its messy, disorderly and rapidly discrediting nature. So the terminology of ‘civil society’ is misconstrued here. It can not also be explained in the Gramscian or Hegelian sense of the term. Rather we can say that a conglomeration of people who came out to the street in large number belong to the middle class, professional intellectuals, students-youth and section of the elites. Even a section of the corporate leaders honchos who are scared of the falling legitimacy of the existing institutions of the state that may lead to a collapse, are also not averse to an anti-graft act for the limited reform of the system, citing Narendra Modi’s Gujrat and Nitish Kumar’s Bihar as the role-model. The “fourth estate” which has its origin in a revolutionary context jumped into the fray to spread venom against the crass political class not withstanding their desire to increase TRP-rating and not to jeopardize their booming paid-news income. All these were done from a sense of dejection and self-delusion about the efficacy of the neo-liberal market and state system and their shattered dream of residing in a neo-liberal haven. The inequality and the expropriation of the vast masses of people are not treated as the root cause to sustain a system that holds corruption in its womb. The symbols of all kinds of obscurantism, feudal values were emanating from the rostrum where Anna Hazare and his core group members were on hunger fast. So in the wake of loosing legitimacy of all the institutions of the state, and taking the cultural-ideological moorings of the leaders centering whom the masses were coming out to the streets, one may conclude that this phenomenon may favour the ruling class to maintain status-quo of the system eradicating the threat of radical change for popular control of the state structure.
India Against Corruption, Barak Valley
AN APPEAL FROM
“A LONG MARCH” In The Light Of
AGAINST CORRUPTION” Process INDIA
has witnessed a spontaneous outburst of public anger epitomized around the noted Gandhian Anna Hazare’s fast against corruption. People from all walks of life, especially the professional intellectuals and students-youths, poured into the streets of every city and town of the country to register their protest against ever-increasing corruption. All of us know that these corruption and malpractices within our system is not a new phenomenon. But during the last two decades, after the neo-liberal regime took the reign, the corrupt-practices are rising leaps and bounds and spreading its tentacles in all spheres of Indian human life in keeping with the pace of tightening grip of those neo-liberal policy-makers at the helm of affairs. In the international arena within corruption Diasporas, India is now competing hard to top the list. The revelation of Radia Tapes unearthed the unholy alliance of Corporate giants-bureaucrats and political class in power. The more this alliance gets condensed, the more the people lose the power to maneuver to make people-friendly policy and ipso facto the corruption becomes more rampant. Now we know the pile stashed away into the foreign Banks. The black money generated not only at the cost of cutting people’s lifeline but also dehumanizing the people making them sterile and bereft of any initiatives. The Lokpal Bill for which all are clamoring after and the almost similar state authority like Lok Ayukta, made nonfunctional in state like Assam, will add a teeth in our system of accountability to bite the corrupt power-that-be and their hangers on. But the teeth, however sharp, is not going to cleanse our system permanently, unless people’s rights and power are established and the alliance of trinity with Corporate Giant projecting itself as holy spirit to squeeze Indian masses for super-profit, are combated head on. India
The movement for “
against Corruption” has already set broad perspective by announcing the need for people’s power. The on-going debate in this process will hopefully broaden our understanding of systemic hindrances against people’s power and eradication of mal-practices and corruption. India
However, from our experience as the inhabitant of Barak Valley vis-à-vis Assam & north-east, we can conclude beyond reasonable doubt that the regional marginalization and people’s disempowerment cause the corruption to be widespread and deep-rooted. The obverse of the curtailment of rights and deprivation of people is the corruption. The crass political class here is busy pampering their bosses and taking advantage of caste-community divisions. In every front, right from road-rail-water communication, internal infrastructure, employment generation, modernization of agri-production, industrial development, poverty eradication, rural employment and food security, human rights-civil rights-worker’s rights, plight of people related with unorganized sector, democratic functioning of all political-administrative-educational institutions, the situation is of utter dismay. The local self Government, Panchayeti Raj Institutions have become mere tools for facilitating the loot of Govt-exchequer and tax-payers money (especially the indirect tax-payers of common people) and sustaining the rule of power-that-be and their local-level hangers-on hands-in-glove with the administrative machinery. The people feel disgruntled but helpless.
But the movement for “
against corruption” gives legitimacy and proves efficacy of people’s initiatives. If all the right-minded people and the organizations unite to fight for people’s issues and against corruption, we are hopeful to see the change for the better soon. India
SO, RISE-JOIN-UNITE AND FIGHT FOR PEOPLE’S POWER AND AGAINST CORRUPTION ON THE BASIS OF THE ABOVE ORIENTATION TO INITIATE A PROCESS AT BARAK VALLEY LEVEL TO START WITH, AND IN THE LIGHT OF ALL
INDIA INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY THE PROCESS NAMED “ AGAINST CORRUPTION”. INDIA
Many Organisations and individuals have already joined this process, you also join this process.
We have decided to initiate this long march from 1st May at Silchar.
On behalf of “A LONG MARCH” In The Light Of
AGAINST CORRUPTION” Process INDIA
1. Nirmal Kumar Das, 2. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder, 3. Dr. Shanti Kumar Singha, 4. Dr. Kulenddra Chandra Das, 5. Bikash Das, 6. H. M. Murtaza Laskar and others
Location: Silchar, Assam, India