The Dark Long Shadow of Lakhimpur Kheri, Politics and the Judiciary

The Dark Long Shadow of Lakhimpur Kheri, Politics and the Judiciary

‘The mob is the cruelest tyrant’ – Friedrich Nietzsche

There is a long and absurd protest going on in the name of ‘peasants’ protest’, which hangs over India like the sword of Damocles. Communism, with its autocratic ideology, has long been rejected by Indian democracy, which shrunk from three states to eventually a single state. The presence of the Left is very less in the Indian Parliament as well. The Left had resigned to its position in the Indian political system and had settled to be feeders of teenage dreams, which meant that the brutal sun of realism shone on the people wither. This ideology has been reduced at its peak from about thirty-six countries globally to more than half a dozen countries that today claim to be communists.

There has been a sudden change in the past decade, not so much in the sense of acceptance of communism, but in terms of the sudden influx of money and resources, courtesy, the rise of China, and aspirations of skewed growth as a global power. India is the next big country with an even older history, is the ultimate defense of democracy. The sudden rise of China and India as neighbors of respectable size and potential, with China thrown into the role of global nemesis, has ensured that the Indian resurgence caused much discomfort in the dragon’s heart. The result is seen with clear indicators like military stand not only against India but against all other countries around China.

Aside from the obvious indicators, there are many cleverly camouflaged activities taking place, even if we don’t see the pandemic left by the evil kingdom next to the world. If we begin to examine why the opposition-ruled states in India are the least prepared to deal with Covid-19 despite being much better off financially, it would be a lot of conspiracy theories, given the population-wise of those states. are taxed much less than those that are governed. BJP wreaked havoc in Kerala from Delhi to Maharashtra.

The opposition has behaved strangely by questioning action against misuse of oxygen, drug misappropriation and even going to the extent of trying to put a spanner in the launch and promotion of India-made vaccines. Despite the fact that China’s entire covid strategy has been badly hit with the Chinese economy and the world looking to India under China plus one strategy for global sourcing. Instead of letting the pandemic go deep into turning India into a welfare state, India has taken wise steps to work on strengthening the supply side with PLI schemes and such initiatives. It has kept the Indian economy strong and growing after the pandemic. We have scars, but we are coming out.

But at the same time, we find that the protests across India have gained momentum since Congress was out of power. From protests against the Land Reform Bill to violence against the CAA to farmers’ protests, the Congress-ruled state of Punjab continues to rule the country from the streets, run by separatist-funded, hardline forces.

In the process, Congress has imbibed the Left within itself and in the process has become a crusader of the radical Left. The Left, never for democracy from Russia to China (both now have lifelong dictators) has engulfed the Congress and it is a pity that the party that plays the harp in the name of Nehru has embraced itself as a political ideology. changed into. considered a threat to India.

Blocking the streets of India’s capital city as a means of protest was tested during anti-CAA protests and is being implemented with more vengeance and is backed by better financing of protest agricultural laws. The three things that these laws do are remove agribusiness from the gasping middlemen (removing the APMC-the only option for the trading of agricultural produce, which is already in place in Left-ruled Kerala), farmers in contract farming- Bringing in favorable policies, which were earlier skewed towards industrialists, even provision for the arrest of farmer in case of default (in the Punjab Contract Farming Act, brought by the Shiromani Akali Dal, now at the forefront of the movement, With a renewed love of farmers) and bringing in private investment to develop storage facilities, taking the storage of many commodities out of arbitrary state control. The benefits of the new laws are so clear that it is completely surprising that the rhetoric seems to be winning.

The ugliness of street politics brought by those crooks of Indian politics with the events of Lakhimpur Kheri

Which was largely ignored by the public. The collapse of the system is visible as the opposition moves towards Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh after the killing of an equal number of protesting farmers and BJP supporters. These types of street protests to ‘capture cities’ are in line with the policy document of the Naxalite movement, called ‘urban perspective’.

The policy document clearly outlines a plan for Maoist terrorists to break out of the dark forests of Dantewada and overthrow the elected government by capturing urban centers. If we look at the protest movement of the farmers, then the impression of the Naxalite plan is easily known. The communist leader Rakesh Tikait is running the movement from behind and the opposition parties are riding on this movement funded through heterogeneous and undeclared sources.

The support of the intelligentsia and the media has encouraged the anarchists to the end. The state’s silence has also played its part. Eager to shed the image of a strict ruler, the Narendra Modi government has long ignored cases of violence emanating from the criminal-influenced movement. A woman from West Bengal was violated and later died by a group of demonstrators, the free movement of protesters working in shifts between Delhi and Punjab, blocked oxygen tankers in the capital by protesters has also been reported.

People have been beaten up, government properties (including national monuments like the Red Fort) have been voluntarily attacked.

In the US the Capitol was attacked and five people were shot and killed by security agencies. In India, policemen were beaten up by so-called farmers, some so badly that they were admitted to the ICU. Action on the part of the government has been minimal, the courts have been soft on the rioters and the media has been manipulating the news to shield the protests as a year of peaceful protests are whittling down to acts of massive violence.

When governance fails, one looks to the judiciary. The judiciary has also failed India in this matter. They came up with a decision in the Shaheen Bagh case calling street protests illegal, but only when the street violence of the Delhi riots destabilized those Islamic protests. In this case, again the court played its high hand and struck down laws passed by Parliament representing the will of the people, claiming that there was no question about the constitutionality of the law, that is, that Court. , didn’t want blood on their hands.

Never in the history of established democracies has there been such a clear surrender of the state to a gang of goons. The same Supreme Court, which remained unimpressed by the plight of the victims of the post-poll violence in West Bengal in which nearly a hundred people were killed for the electoral option they chose, promptly executed the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in which eight people had lost their lives. In Lakhimpur, eight people died – four were farmers, three were BJP workers, who were beaten to death on camera by protesting farmers and a local journalist.

The state can apparently be blamed for the delay in action by missing intelligence inputs, but unlike Maharashtra where the state police were seen handing over mobs to Hindu sadhus in Palghar, or in Chhattisgarh where the state police arrested three tribals. was shot. This May, the state had no direct complicity in the matter. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court asked for the arrest of the minister’s son, who has been accused of crushing the protesting farmers by the protesting farmers.

The self-selected group of elders in the judiciary has always claimed to be revolutionary, victims,s and martyrs at the same time. Arun Shourie, a well-known journalist, and former minister has written on this very aptly in his book ‘Courts and their Judgment’. He writes, ‘They have a very high opinion of what these progressive judges were doing. He had convinced himself that he was facing great obstacles. They were also very keen that what they were doing should be known far and wide.’

What we are seeing as citizens in a hyperactive judiciary was witnessed earlier too, when a petition seeking justice for Kashmiri Hindus who were driven out of the homeland as a result of widespread violence, devastation, and killings was dismissed as outdated. Even though it had taken cognizance of a Kashmiri. Slap the Muslim vendor in UP and ask the state to take swift action. It is this characteristic arbitrariness that has been declared by the Supreme Court to be the greatest enemy of fairness in many of their decisions.

Most people have to be careful to speak out loud about what possibly brings to this arbitrariness where direct state collusion like Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh is overlooked and courts intervene when state collusion is not even pronounced is done. However, Mr. Shourie writes, ‘there has been much competition among judges as between intellectuals and individuals in public life to outdo each other in progressive, socialist declarations.’

He underlines I find it most appropriate, when he writes, ‘As for its supreme role during that period (emergency), the Court has given successive ‘progressive’ decisions, each with egalitarian rhetoric. exploded together.

So in this instance, we have a court ignoring the recommendation of a Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by a Trinamool Congress MP, urging the government to immediately implement the agriculture laws, suspending the laws given by the Parliament. Is. They also refused to act when commitments to a peaceful protest made on 24 January were broken on 26 January, sending about 500 police to the hospital, beating up locals, murdered by protesting farmers, along women. Reports of rape and molestation were completely ignored. protest sites.

When Arun Shourie wrote the book, it was a time when very few people read about the decisions passed by the courts. Today the situation has completely changed. Whatever happens, is open to public scrutiny. The courts are silent on the illegal nature of these protests. While the judiciary does not need to go to the people for approval, their powers derive their legitimacy from the perception of the people as a fair dispenser of justice.

It’s not about how New York Times readers see them, it’s about how people see them. For that, it is important for the courts to be as objective as possible. It is not that the courts should not interfere. But they must intervene when the state is seen as a participant in the crime or restricting the enforcement of the law. It cannot arbitrarily pick up matters that are more exposed. Media can play favorites but not the courts. The court cannot treat the slapping of a vendor as a more serious offense than the act of killing a street vendor from Bihar in Kashmir. Such irrational activity p. will make

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