NEW INDIA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Aug 2017 11:17:03

THE latest parliamentary resolution to commit the nation to creating a new India by the year 2022, marking the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, has a tremendous importance in a context that spans eras and not just decades. Even as Parliament took the pledge to transform the country in the next five years, it was conscious of the importance of August 9 as August Kranti Din to mark the 75th anniversary of ‘Quit India’ movement that led to a decisive turn in favour of India’s Independence five years ahead of the actual moment of freedom at midnight. This special day made the resolution all the more critical to India’s journey ahead. 

The resolution talks of an inclusive society that does not tolerate corruption, wants to end illiteracy, and remove poverty. All these ugly dimensions of the society were already on the national agenda for decades -- from August 15, 1947.

The nation’s political leaders and intellectual leading lights had already taken the pledge to remove all those evils. So, to that extent, Parliament only re-committed itself to old ideals which were defined so well by the founding fathers of India at the time of Independence.


In other words, it is obvious that Parliament admitted in a way that the nation has failed to achieve those sublime goals in the past seventy years and is now re-committing itself to achieving those in a fresh bid. The ‘New India’ resolution, if it can be described thus, in a way, only something like opening a new page of an old chapter in the Book of India.


Nevertheless, this was utterly essential in the current conditions in the country. In his Man Ki Baat radio talk-show, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi had stressed the importance of an illiteracy-free, poverty-free, and corruption-free India. He had also emphasised upon the importance of casteism-free India. The parliamentary resolution is an extension of the appeal Mr.

Modi had made in his talk-show. Both the Houses of Parliament have passed the resolution, thus lending the idea a comprehensive endorsement cutting across political and ideological divides. This all-encompassing acceptance of the ideal national agenda can never more over-estimated.
Even as we discuss the idea, we cannot part with the case without highlighting an ugly reality that the need to re-adopt the thought in the form of the ‘New India’ resolution arose because of the failure of the country’s political community to keep certain ideals outside the purview of politics. It is the political community that kept the monster of casteism alive for the sake of electoral politics.

It is the political community that kept the monster of corruption alive because it needed money -- of course ill-gotten -- to run its political operations. It is the political community that paid only a lip service to the task of poverty removal but actually did nothing to tackle the actual problem. It is the political community that did not pay much attention to the literacy mission.


Even as the ‘New India’ resolution comes to centre-stage, the thought that politics has been the real spoiler in the game cannot be missed. Now also, as Parliament pledges once again to tackling the social ills, it is necessary to ensure that politics is kept at bay at any cost so that the implementation of the agenda goes on unhindered.

This is not our bias against politics; this is our apprehension about the games the political community has played over decades. We think that it is our bounden duty to highlight the reality, howsoever ugly it may be, so that the society knows what can be done to hit the road ahead. The task is both, simple at one level, and difficult at another. The difficulty is mainly in the field of politics that has often sought to keep the society rather divided. At any cost, the nation needs to devise ways and means to tackle the issue in that grey area.