Moving Lalu Out Of AIIMS Nasty, Smacks Of Despotism
I think the end—when the vengeful governance that citizens of India are being subjected to is fully exposed—has begun.
In an open letter to his fellow citizens written a few months ago, Lalu Prasad Yadav ji said, “In the days to come, and I am very sure of it, we will eventually see the ruling ideology of hate for what it is. It may dress itself in attractive clothes today or talk in a deceptive language, but one day the veneer will be stripped off.” I think the end—when the vengeful governance that citizens of India are being subjected to is fully exposed—has begun.
In the decision to forcibly discontinue Lalu ji’s treatment at the AIIMS we see the autocratic tendencies of this regime bloom into despotism. I use these harsh words because it is disgraceful for our democracy that an opposition leader has been treated like this. I would not be the first one to say that the present Union government has already overreached itself seriously on innumerable accounts. Laws and rules are being promulgated without a thought to the basic structure of the constitution; Party in power is constantly advising its activists, legislators and ministers to only manage ‘image’ through lying to the people of the country, and opposition leaders are being treated in an unprecedented roughshod manner.
The present government is singularly uncreative and nasty in its manner of managing political opposition.
It is unprecedented because even in Emergency when the political opposition was jailed, it was afforded the dignity of being political prisoners. The present government is singularly uncreative and nasty in its manner of managing political opposition. Given the history of those at the helm and how the current political position of Lalu Prasad Yadav is troubling them, this action, though painful, should not surprise us.
No one knows better than Lalu Prasad Yadav that a commitment to social justice and democratic principles is not easy. Ridiculed and derided for his rurality and popularity, Lalu ji has been the most consistent politician at a time when flip-flop on every issue became the hallmark of national politics. Let no one be under any illusion that had Lalu ji chosen to take the path often taken, he would not be in the situation he is in today. The treatment meted out to him is meant to be symbolic of harassing and dismantling of all kinds of opposition. The ultimate aim is to facilitate the mortgaging of India, brick by brick.
We are sure he will overcome his frail condition slowly but the treatment he is being subjected to should be a wake up call to the marginalised people who have associated their aspirations of equality to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s brand of politics.
Manoj Jha is Spokesman for and represents the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) in the Rajya Sabha.