Between the devil and the deep sea
Editorial

Between the devil and the deep sea

Given the tally of the desirables and, more importantly the undesirables on a number of counts, specially the sharply changing profiles of the country in general and the elected representatives of the people in particular, one is prompted to invoke the idiom Between the devil and the deep blue sea, in the context of the difficult situation staring at the major part of the land’s diaspora. Keeping aside the set of desirable factors contributing to the nation’s progress in different sectors of its economy such as nature’s bounty and human resource endowed with skills, a constant assessment of the consequences of various undesirables is bound to be not only necessary but also rewarding, both in the short-term and in the long-term. Blaming the alien’s misdeeds during their sway over the country for several centuries amounts to flogging the dead horse, unless lessons are learnt from that part of the country’s history. The most important lesson points to the people succumbing to the well-known divide ‘n’ rule adopted by the aliens.

The guiding principles for both ideal living as applied to individuals and order as applied to society have been laid down by past savants of the land in various languages which are drummed into the ears of gatherings at discourses by scholars and public speakers with eloquence nowadays. However, the perceptible change in outlook on the part of the audiences seems to be barely marginal.

First and foremost undesirable happens to be negation of the meaning of democracy that the nation is identified for the task of governance. Its feature namely, rule by the people, of the people, for the people does not come anywhere near reality given the loudly demonstrated discord across the land between the government of the day (by some people) and the people at large on virtually every issue. The list of issues being addressed by the governments formed following polls to the various Legislative bodies starting from the nation’s Parliament and getting noisy disagreement is a very long one. One such issue currently raging is the 10 percent reservation for the economically weaker sections other than those already coming under 50 percent reservation.

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In the backdrop of the disturbing ambience created by one section of the population drawing the voice of the other section complying with the desirable definition of democracy, one is left with no clear answer to the question: Is democracy itself desirable for the welfare of the land and its citizens?

February 4, 2019

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