The myth of democracy

In conversation with a well positioned person from [international organisation] a week ago, I was spoken to as if not just the Indian elections, but other economic (read: neoliberal) agreements were already made with Modi as the assumed PM.

It isn’t just ministerial posts that are rigged, it’s the ridiculous move to neoliberalism that is being promoted and fixed, which has arguably failed in the so-called developed world and is creating a larger wage gap. Soon, we will have roads carved out through mountains, rivers and forests. We will have no value for traditional knowledge, not that we do anyway (hindu ideas are not TK, before any nincompoop says), the thinking population is reduced to the minority and seen as protectionist and ill positioned towards “development”. Decadent practices are supported by diaspora and the “developed” world who cling on to fetishised versions of freedom and “culture”. But when “culture” is one of rape, or oppression, of abuse and xenophobia, the only fixing concerned about being cricket-related, then surely that is a culture worth destroying. There is a clear need for a revolution of sorts.

If a democratic majority is determined by 31.8% of a <100% voter turnout, where are the votes of those 68.2% that voted against? It is truly a case of ‘for’ and ‘against’. There was a scrape of 51% for the leading parties, but 49% + non-voters not in favour of either. That should speak more than your majorities. But of course that implies considering the fragmented minority. If, at all, the votes were counted as they actually were cast. And we all know how that went with the pressures, the threats, media symbolism, manipulation of machines and the dingy conditions of enrollment and casting posts.

I have always held that there is no such thing as “independence/liberation day”. It is the transfer of power day. Where we celebrate in a carnivalesque manner, putting on a show as the ivory-tower dwellers watch with disgust and ridicule while constantly aware of the fickle-minded aspect of majority behaviour.