“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” So said Abraham Lincoln. And the time has come for our Prime Minister to take heed of Lincoln’s sage advice. Or if not him, then at least his fabled think tanks to whom he has outsourced his day to day PR, that is, if they have the guts to speak truth to him and the nation. For like with all autocrats, a stage is reached when advisors dare not speak the truth to their master, for fear of severe retribution. But regardless, and most importantly, the people of India have finally started discovering the truth of the great con game that was played upon them.
Three years have passed since the dream of achey din was sold to the people of India, which they fell for completely. And I must admit to all my readers that I too fell for it, despite my age and experience. Perhaps it was because of my utter disgust at the brazen, shameless and unprecedented corruption and anti-national behaviour of the previous government. I had full faith that Narendra Modi would fulfill his promises to the nation when he spoke of bringing India’s black money back to the country, ending institutionalized corruption, and giving the nation good governance. How wrong I was. Mea Culpa, is all that I can say.
In an otherwise hated period of emergency of 1976 the glorious attribute of secularism became the basic feature of the Indian Constitution meant to be a great gift to religious minorities which together were a very large size of the population of India.
I have no doubt that it certainly did neutralize their hostility to the evil that the emergency in fact was. It is recognized by a very important nine Judges-decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in S.R. Bommai v. Union of India reported in (1994) 3 SCC 1, that this is now basic non-repealable feature of the Constitution of India. It made every Indian an equal citizen of India no longer to be identical by his religion caste or language.
Copyright. All rights reserved. Ram Jethmalani. 2017.
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