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India and the future.

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What should be the identity of India, and the idea of India? India is seen to be presented with challenges, now, more than ever before, because of the proliferation of private television broadcasting channels. It seems strange, that our leaders, of whom we are justly proud, should seem reticent on some occasions, as if the occasion or the event is predominant. Perhaps, in the political sphere, it is the fault of the ordinary man, that he needs to find reasons for what is not concerned with him, which is, the running of the proceedings of government.

I feel, that our great nation, which is destined to be the greatest nation ever, is loosing touch with her identity. We are finding that we need to search for answers, when the answers are in the questions. I would like to ask our esteemed political representatives, that is economic business, the answer to India’s needs? Why have those, who are in the forefront of the economic resurgence, not been able to address the myriad issues which put man in conflict with man? Does an Indian feel satisfied, having made his daily effort towards sustenance, or is he in conflict with his environment? Why has India, not been able to harmonize her internal, and external environment? Does the contemporary Indian believe in harmony, when he is in conflict with his/her surroundings? Is there anything for the Indian to aspire for beyond economic emancipation?

India is facing the Naxalite issue within her borders, because of current economic disparity among her people. Can it not be, that there might be external economic disparities, which may affect India, too? Is economics food for the soul? What causes peace and prosperity? Is India prosperous, and does anyone expect India to be peaceful, today? Is there no better way to prosperity, but through conflict? If there is conflict then what may be the cause of the genesis of any conflict? Perhaps, when we ourselves cannot accept a conflict within, then we look at reasons as to the existence of the conflict. What can make us look at a conflict objectively, and make us act without conflict?

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August 26, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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What can be done for Kashmir?

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Kashmir is an integral part of India. The Government of India, should deal with the immediate law and order problem in the state. If Kashmir is an integral part of India, then the Government of Jammu & Kashmir, is equally Kashmiri, and equally Indian, and so are the forces which represent the mentioned Government. The Government forces have a right to immediate self defense. Why repeal the A F S P A, when the army is not patrolling the streets and towns of Jammu & Kashmir? Why the demand for the repeal of the A F S P A?  The Government should ignore such issues, which are not of immediate urgency. India, should not treat the issue of Jammu & Kashmir as an outstanding problem, but as an issue to do with the legitimacy of India. Perhaps, the people of J & K are better off than the rest of India, and even then, their aspirations are very different from what they get. The people of India, must stand by the government. The government needs to act now, and with understanding. Like I have mentioned, the armed constabulary, have to act, purely in self defense. But the armed police, must discharge their normal duties. No special measures need to be taken by the C R P F, because they are posted in Kashmir. The government must engage the people of the state, and not only through the National Conference. Why do not the political parties of India, join the National Conference, and why are they seen to be non existent in Kashmir? They must join the mainstream of Kashmir, even though it may be risky. Apart from the Congress Party, the B J P, does not seem to be interested.

The Government is lucky, that there is no widespread disaffection in the rest of India too. This current situation, may be curtailed, but the Government has to govern, as if the wellbeing of India is at stake. The Government must make the citizen proactive, in the well-being of India, the nation which belongs to the citizen.

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August 2, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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Some notes on Political Theory.

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I am going through the text of the IGNOU Bachelor of Arts course, on the topic Political Ideas and Ideologies. The course material is very well presented, and to my liking. Some unusual ideas sprung up in my mind, on account of me beginning to read this course material.

Political Science, in the manner of any study, determines to elucidate in full when it tries to explore the topic, covered by itself. This is a fallacious determination. In my opinion, in more common phraseology, the study of any subject, comes to a completion in it’s contemplation, but an end to it’s contemplation, does not lead to an end in the pursuit of knowledge, and the gain of knowledge, in that field. So, perhaps, all what is finally determined, in a period of a course of study, is not determinative, but a first step, to further determinations, if one so chooses, and also if others so choose.

The introduction to Political Science, lists the various difficulties observed in the modern political world, which are identity politics, sectarianism, Globalization, coupled with global instability, and no doubt, some would point to the issue of communal tensions too, which may be seen as an extension of identity politics.

In my humble opinion, these problems exist, because democracy exists in it’s current form. If one looks at the issue of identity politics, which may be seen as disruptive, by the ruling government, I would then also view, that the identity of the ruling party/parties involved, encourages identity politics, and the ruling party/parties, along with the disruptions, have also inherited the political power, in the respective political establishment. Sectarianism, is an offshoot of this policy of identity, as are also communal tensions. Just as the liberal classes demonstrate when they perceive the ideals of liberalism as not being adhered to, in speech, and action, those who believe in communal ideals, act similarly, when they see their ideals slighted. I daresay, in some nations, liberalism is as unwanted as communal politics are in other nations.

If the current political situation leads to Globalization, along with global instability, then why cannot the world governments make this work in the favor of their subjects, in the favor of the globe, and in their own favor? If global instability exists, because Globalization exists, then is the world community able to give up Globalization in the common good? If not, then why not make global instability work for the common good? What is unstable, in the world political mechanism? How can communal identities be made to work for the larger good? How can identity politics be made beneficial?

I see the world stand by the notion of democracy, but not stand by herself, in relation to the notion of democracy, dictatorship, etc.

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August 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

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