“If you keep doing the same things, you will keep
getting the same results,” Dave Ramsey said. It doesn’t matter who Dave Ramsey
is. I don’t know, in fact. Albert Einstein could have said that as well.
From the time BJP came to power in
Delhi, India has been doing more or less the same thing: sectarian politics
which favours one particular community and marginalises all others. Since the
majority of Indians belong to the community favoured by BJP, no other party
could arrive at an effective strategy for winning elections. People obviously
want favours from those in power. And BJP is giving those favours to the
majority. The majority will then vote BJP. BJP continues to rule. Happily. Till
And so some genius in the other camp
struck upon a strategy. Divide the majority community along caste lines. This
is not a new strategy at all. This was effectively made use of in all the Hindi
belt states earlier many times by many parties. What is new now is that almost
all the non-BJP parties have come together under one umbrella named INDIA
[Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance]. That was quite a
masterstroke. So much so, Mr Modi decided to change the name of the country to
Bharat! Did the opposition’s INDIA create a few cracks in Modi’s India? Modi
wobbled, no doubt.
The Alliance called INDIA wanted
caste-based census which made Modi’s wobble much more unsteady. Modi’s party is
the party of the upper castes.
Just a few statistics.
Most of the top jobs/positions in
India are held by upper caste Hindus. Out of the 89 central government
secretaries [highest officers in the government machinery], there is only one
SC [Scheduled Caste]. There are 3 STs [Scheduled Tribe]. There’s not even a
single OBC [Other Backward Community].
Out of the 93 additional secretaries,
6 are SCs, 5 STs and no OBC.
Look at the top positions in the
judiciary or the police force or the army or anywhere and you will find similar
Is there any OBC at the top of the
RSS? [Read Bhanwar Meghwanshi’s book I
Could Not Be Hindu to know more about the caste biases of RSS.]
Let me insert a very telling parable here. Last month Adani’s Vizhinjam Port in
Kerala was inaugurated by the Prime Minister. Two days prior to the
inauguration, the Managing Director Adeela Abdulla, who was doing a commendable
job in the post, was replaced by Dr Divya S Iyer. Both are IAS officers. The
former was doing such a great job that there was no reason for her replacement.
But the replacement did take place. Why? Look at the names.
Only 12% of India’s population are
upper castes. This small fraction of the country’s population has appropriated
80% of all the top offices in the country. A mere 4% of such jobs are held by
the lower castes who constitute 52% of the population.
Let me bring in a contrast. Out
of the 4 Chief Ministers of Congress, 3 are OBCs. Of the ten BJP CMs, only one
is an OBC.
When the INDIA alliance was formed,
Modi’s typical answer was the declaration of the Vishwakarma Yojana, which was
meant for splitting the lower caste into two factions: those who benefit from
the Yojana and those who don’t. Divide and Rule is not just a British strategy.
Of course, there are better
strategies coming up. The Ayodhya Temple, for instance. It will be inaugurated
in Jan 2024, just weeks before the Lok Sabha elections. It will take certain
core sentiments to orgasmic levels which in turn will reap rich dividends in
Modi’s India keeps doing the same
things. From 2014. And it keeps getting the same results.
Who benefits? You tell me.
This post is provoked by Indispire Edition 459: "If the problems you
have this year are the same problems you had last year, then you are not a
leader. You are rather a problem on your own that must be solved."
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