I know I am going to touch a burning issue this time, but would like to request all my readers not to jump to any such conclusions which make me look like supporter of left ideology. I personally feel that we need to debate all the necessary ideologies and the associated challenges and threats it imposes to a healthy democracy. We should also not overlook the opportunities that comes with any political believe.
Right from the beginning of the official declaration of 2019 general elections in India, a major segment of media can be seen harboring aroung Begusarai district of Bihar. And the reason is well known to everyone that Kanhaiya Kumar has been fielded as CPI (Communist Party of India) candidate from that loksabha constituency. Kanhaiya has been a prominent face of student politics and got the glamour due to seer interference of BJP government inside JNU premises in 2016.
By doing so they stirred a political force that went beyond the control of BJP government. This nation has got a rich history of such imprudence by students, which was quite evident during the JP movement against Indira Gandhi in 70s. Even the iron lady like Indira Gandhi had to bow down in front of such forces. Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar , Lalu Yadav ,etc. are living examples of that movement. I am not talking about the ideological disarray here, but we cannot rule out the fact that Kanhaiyya is doing exactly what those politicians of yesterday were doing during the era of emergency against Congress rule. He is trying to make his voice of dissent heard with greater energy and now has become one of the prominent faces of opposition against BJP.
Personally, I am against any left or communist ideologies because I have seen the kind of governance they have provided in states like West Bengal and Kerala. That ideology particularly talks about the social equality and harmony, but the kind of political murders or violence often seen on the streets of Kerala or West Bengal mocks the ideology to the core. So, association of Kanhaiya to such an ideology is a joke in itself. Undoubtedly, he is an excellent orator and all his questions related to the political discourse are valid, but what identity he was able to create for himself. A major segment in this country strongly believes that he is traitor after he was found celebrating death anniversary of a terrorist named Afzal Guru, who was guilty of planning the attack on the parliament.
That is where Kanhaiya is absolutely wrong!! He is free to continue to his faith that freedom of speech gives him the authority to design a poster which says “The country without a post office”(Originally written in context of Kashmir) or supporting slogans like “Bharat tere tukde honge, Insha allah insha allah”, but nation doesn’t function like that. If he strongly believes that Afzal Guru was not a terrorist and the attack on parliament was just a way to raise the voice of dissent then he should also be ready not be consider people like Nathu Ram Godse as murderer because he also shot at Mahatma Gandhi because of ideological differences. So, basically Kanhaiya is nothing but a byproduct of hypocrisy and communism, who himself is not sure about his future in Indian politics specially by walking the roads of CPI.
And that is very unfortunate for this nation because we need people like Kanhaiya to maintain the political balance in this country, who can raise the unheard voice of people from poor, marginalized and suppressed segment of the society. But, not on the cost of nation and the sovereignty of it. I would like to conclude by wishing Kanhaiya all the best for upcoming elections.
By: Nileshh Ranjan