Hearty congratulations to the people of Bihar for choosing democracy over intolerance and Hindutva fascism; you’ve shown the way to India
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ongratulations to the Grand Alliance, a coalition of the centrist parties banded together to save India from being taken over by the right leaning National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP. The Bihar assembly elections were fought in 243 constituencies, and winning coalition needed to secure at least 122 seats to form the government.
Congratulations to the Grand alliance, they are in the lead as of this minute, 12:10 Indian Time:
BJP + ( BJP, LJP, HAM, RLSP) – 63
JD(U)+ (JD(U), RJD, INC) – 158
Others (SP, JAP, AIMIM) -10
Democracy has won, and fascism is going to be gone.
What goes up must come down; it is the law of nature. Whenever an individual, a community, party or a nation leans towards usurping the freedoms of people, it soon will come to an end.
Freedom is the most precious thing in every one’s life; it is so precious that it is worth fighting for. Indeed, that is the only thing I will fight for.
I am not a supporter of either BJP or Congress or its new avatar Grand Alliance, but an independent who wants the best party in India to win.
BJP lost because of their arrogance and they have a big lesson to learn – drop the Ahankar, shelve the arrogance and treat every Indian as an Indian. It is not Modi, but Modi’s evil silence that got them into trouble. The nation was burning, the freedoms were usurped, murders, rapes and vandalism were committed by Modi’s party, and he remained silent, as if that will bring him the ultimate – subjugation of the Indians who did disagree with his policies.
The Alliance had lost the 2014 elections, not because of Modi, but because of their ineptness and ineffective governance, despite having a better economic record than the U. S., and U.K. Modi swept in when they were unable to effectively counter him.
The essence of democracy is dissent, and the signs of fascism are conformity with complete control of the systems by an individual or a few individuals, and it is achieved by taking away your right to speak, read, write, eat, drink, wear and believe whatever your rights that are guaranteed in constitution.
The campaign was embarrassing, the biggest chumcha of Modi, who keeps Modi sheltered from News and what’s happening around him, and Modi himself was calling on the people of Bihar to be divisive. Indians are sick and tired of that rhetoric, for once they wanted to hear, we are all Indians and no one is less or better Indian than the others. That sickness transferred into people punishing.
A majority of Indians are indeed tolerant and respectful of fellow Indians; it is the men and women in the saffron brigade that are intolerant. The intolerance that is growing, if not checked, will inflame India and end up Kuch ka vikaas baqi sab ka satyanas.
We thank the people of Bihar for doing the right thing.
We want India to be a safe place for every Indian, yes, every Indian, including you, Modi, Hindus, Dalits, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Baha’is, Jews and every Indian with no exception. Would you join us?
Dr. Mike Ghouse is an Indian American community activist and commentator committed to build cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. His India Blog is maintained since 1999 http://MikeGhouseforIndia.blogspot.com