Recently we heard a lot about how the unprecedented events lurking over the freedom and expression of people cause a great risk to the democracy in India and how it was under imminent danger. Do the deliberate anti-constitutional acts, that we often ignore, impose a bigger threat?
What Does Our Preamble Of The Constitution Say?
|WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:
JUSTICE, social, economic and political;
LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;
EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;and to promote among them all
FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;
IN OUR CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY this twenty-sixth day of November, 1949, do HEREBY ADOPT, ENACT AND GIVE TO OURSELVES THIS CONSTITUTION.
Would it be safe to assume that we’re all aware that the constitution exists in our country? Are we aware of our moral duties and that we ought to adhere by them?
It is a shocking revelation that there are many who do not understand the importance of constitution. They seem to have no clue of what our moral duties and responsibilities are. They don’t seem to feel that there is any need to respect the constitution either.
Are Indians Constitutional?
It seems that the court rooms and lawyer’s office is the only place constitution exists in India. When it comes to the daily lives of the common man, no one pays any mind to it. Although these could be some huge claims, nevertheless let us retrospect and try to figure out where we’re headed:
In the year 2013, India saw a tsunami of riots throughout the country. India is walking the same path once again in the wake of 2018. Could there be a relationship between these communal riots and the elections?
Uttar Pradesh also recorded a maximum of 360 people being injured in these incidents in 2013. The state also registered a maximum of 118 communal incidents in 2012 in which 39 people were killed and 500 were injured.
Maharashtra came next with 88 communal incidents last year followed Madhya Pradesh (84), Karnataka (73), Gujarat (68), Bihar (63) and Rajasthan (52). A total of 823 such incidents were reported from across the country last year. A total of 133 people were killed and 2,269 injured in these incidents.
As reported by the Indian Express
Mob Violence by the Cow Vigilantes has grown exponentially since 2014. This is mostly targeted against Muslims living in India. You can find the list of Mob Lynching activities related to cow vigilantism here. Since we have all the necessary bodies to deal with situations of lawlessness, there as not been much done by the government in this regard. It seems as if these organisations got a green signal when the BJP came to power in 2014.
‘Ghar Wapsi’ and ‘Love Jihad’ have sprouted like a monsoon seen all over the country. Honour killings went up 792% in Uttar Pradesh from 2014 till 2016 as reported by the Hindustan Times. Several non-Hindu youths beaten up if found dating a Hindu girl. These acts were carried out mostly by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members or Hindu Yuva Vahini, an organisation started by the UP chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2002. In a recent incident, the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini ganged up in the court and snatched two Muslim youths from the police custody and ruffled them up.
Almost all of these unconstitutional activities have been conducted for political reasons and at the same time the party in power has remained silent about these incidents. Even though most of these cases have been backed or instigated by some political head, they are still roaming scot free.
Where does Democracy in India really stand?
India is fairly a new democracy and the concept is still not sunk in the minds of the common man. India was never a democratic state before its independence. It was either ruled by small and big kings and then by the British, therefore democracy finds it difficult to be absorbed into the lives of people. The very values of democracy in India has been rattling like a tree full of dry leaves.
Democracy in India is another name for elected monarchy. The people give the elected leaders a demigod status and turn them into enormous beings worthy of worship. Same values trickle down into the system at smaller levels and further down into our society and finally our own homes.
The democratic value of freedom is suppressed at an early age when a child wants to voice an opinion and is silenced by the very own people who gave them life. The democratic value of equality is suppressed when a child grows watching their parents treat people differently based on their menial jobs. The democratic value of status and opportunity is infringed when all the kids in this country can not get the same level of education and hence never get a chance to come out of the vicious circle they live in. The democratic values of liberty is destroyed when the warriors of one religious group try to oppress the minority and install a sense of fear in their hearts that they can’t even express themselves freely. The democratic value of justice is defamed when the most trusted flawless body of a country’s institution can be silenced and manipulated.
Is Democracy in India really at risk? I would refrain myself from answering to this question but please do leave your replies in the comment section below. I would love to hear your inputs.