This is the
last post in the A-to-Z
series that I have been writing in April. Most of the posts in the series
touched explicitly or implicitly the post-truth politics of present India. Post-truth
is the zeitgeist of India now. Facts don’t matter here. Emotions do. Slogans
do. We have a Prime Minister who loves to play with words. He keeps on giving
us new slogans every year, if not more frequently. Remember slogans or jingles
like Achhe din aane waale hain? Make in India (which has now
become Break in India), Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Minimum Government Maximum
Governance, Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas… Hollow slogans. That has been the
zeitgeist of India from 2014. Hollow. Resounding hollowness.
What is the reality behind those slogans and rhetoric? I found the following illustration from a Malayalam weekly the most apt depiction of our present reality.
know what it means. A thickly populated area in the national capital is
bulldozed after Mr Modi’s supporters orchestrated a riot-like situation there.
Some 200-odd people carrying tridents and rods march into the area playing high
decibel music on a DJ system under the pretext of celebrating Hanuman Jayanti.
Why choose a place like Jahangirpuri for such a celebration? You know the
answer. It was a tailor-made communal clash. Tailor-made communal clashes are
integral parts of present India’s zeitgeist. I bet we can expect many more of them
you think Modi and his supporters are the only people who are possessed by this
zeitgeist you are mistaken. Kejriwal is going out of the way to own that
spirit. He has suddenly become a Hanuman bhakt. He visits Hanuman temples,
sings Hanuman chalisa there, and arranges Sundara Kanda of Ramayana to be
recited in the temples of his constituency.
Gandhi also flirted with gods for a while. Since he doesn’t know the game, it
didn’t work. Nothing works in his case. Poor man in a wrong place. He doesn’t
understand the zeitgeist at all.
While the hollow zeitgeist marches on holding tridents and rods, the country is reeling under price rise, ever-increasing taxes, unemployment, poverty, and overall misery. Nobody in the ruling party seems concerned. They are concerned about Rama and Hanuman. Zeitgeist of GST Raj.
Last month the Gujarat High Court remarked that it was easier to reach the moon than understand the intricacies of the GST tax system. The truth is that the entire politics of Narendra Modi is beyond any human understanding. May the 33 million gods of our pantheon save us!
PS. This is the last part of #BlogchatterA2Z