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"Apolitics" in World's largest Democracy
It is said that during national disasters, one does not indulge in competitive politics. Even if one wants to do politics, one may not find a reason to do so if the disaster management is converted into an apolitical activity.
Take the ongoing case of coronavirus spread across India and the consequent lockdown announced by the government of India. The lockdown project has been successfully sold to the Indian nation as a single remedy to save your life. Lockdown 1.0 was necessary and was welcomed by all. Masses clapped, banged whatever possible to generate sounds and lit lamps and expressed solidarity with Prime Minister Modi. As days passed the economic effects of lockdowns and lack of worthwhile economic package started sinking in. Daily increase in Covid +ve cases, zero growth rate, 35 percent unemployment and plight of migrant workers started hogging airwaves.
However, by then the apolitical nature of the subject had subdued whatever political activity that was left in the world’s largest democracy. The de-facto leader of India’s largest opposition party the Congress, Mr. Rahul Gandhi and his colleague Mr Chidambaram who had wholeheartedly welcomed the Lockdown 1.0 started raising issues of migrant workers and absence of plan to help them overcome their challenges. Genuine subjects!!! however, so subdued were their voices that it was a headline just for a day. By the time talks of Lockdown 2.0 were doing rounds, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi tried to seize the initiative by announcing setting up of a high-level committee to formulate the party's response on critical national issues. The committee chaired by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and comprising eminent members like Mr. Rahul Gandhi, among others were to study the socio-economic impact of the pandemic. So far nothing has come out of the so-called studies. Congress was kind to write a series of letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing his government's attention to issues related to the lockdown. Today when the migrants issue has become critical the Congress leadership has no voice to even comment on it, let alone suggest measures to get over it.
All walks of media including the diehard Modi detractors too became apolitical and toed the lockdown line conveniently migrating from Lockdown 1.0 to 3.0. Debates on economic implications of lockdown were relegated to non-primetime slots occasionally highlighting the plight of migrants.
Such was the success of the lockdown strategy implementation that acclaimed historians like Mr Ramchandra Guha compared Prime Minister Mr Modi to Late Indira Gandhi and un-compared Rahul Gandhi to Mr Modi. Meanwhile, Mr Rahul Gandhi found his political voice to attack the Government on “writing off” the large bank loans. The attack was a sort of foot in the mouth. Mr. Gandhi’s much publicised comments only cemented his lack of knowledge of banking and finance. Mr Gandhi tried one more occasion to attack the Government by sarcastically “observing surprise” on the While House unfollowing Prime Minister Narendra Modi which again was a sort of foot in the mouth. Intermittently the Congress party also sought expert comments from former RBI Governor Mr. Raghuram Rajan on economic issues. Sadly, no one cared to take note of what Mr Rajan was saying, although his daily discourse on health of India economy was closer to truth.
To summarise, Mr Modi has so far managed the Lockdown sage very well by converting it into a national issue for saving lives and relegated the livelihood issue to the back burner. As India enters Lockdown 3.0, Covid -19 cases are on the rise statistically and the economic damage is mounting day by day. Let’s hope Mr. Modi finds a solution that will be apolitical as well.
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