The first war of Indian independence in 1857 was a watershed moment in the history of British lordship over India. The initial success after the siege of Cawnpore (Kanpur), Lucknow, Meerut & Delhi had motivated the natives and victory seemed imminent when Bahadur Shah Zafar was declared the emperor of India. When Indians gained the upper hand in central provinces, Bihar & united provinces, it almost looked like the British days in India were numbered. As has been the wont of native Indians, more often than not – the tendency to give up in the middle of the road by developing a strange Karmic callousness – once again India managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The rest, as they say, is history; a history of self-betrayal and oversized egos, a history of mutual self-flagellation and internal sabotage… a history of psychological slavery to foreign powers & ideologies.
Independent India saw the ascendancy of the Congress and the Nehru family tree. India was converted into a hyper-pseudo-secular state of failed socialism. For thirty years Indians were fooled into confusing the left-libber lip service of “Garibi hatao” as the actual act of liberation. Then the JP movement came about as a hope of deliverance. Indians once again started believing in themselves; Indira and Congress were defeated in the general elections of 1977 and final victory once again seemed imminent. But then history repeated itself as a farce. The awakening that the JP movement had achieved was squandered in the milieu of personality clashes and self-interests. India was once again diverted back to the path of hyper-pseudo-secular-socialist-license-permit-raj.
Today, after almost a decade of unbridled corruption and mal-governance by the Sonia/Rahul Gandhi powered, Congress led, left-liberal UPA dispensation, India is once again at the crux of history. Congress and the socialist-entitlement politics is at the lowest ebb since 1977. As we enter this decisive phase of the battle, there are attempts being made to blur the lines between Congress & the BJP; the latest IAC press conference (the damp squib against Nitin Gadkari) must be seen in that context. The next two months will decide the course of political and socio-economic life of India. The elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will decide whether India will make a course correction and choose the alternate path to destiny or whether it will only take a temporary diversion and return back to its original secular-socialist path eventually.
Outcome 1: BJP wins Gujarat, but loses Himachal Pradesh – Probability Quotient – 40%
Outcome 2: BJP wins both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh – Probability Quotient – 30%
Outcome 3: BJP loses both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh – Probability Quotient – 20%
Outcome 4: Congress wins Gujarat and BJP wins Himachal Pradesh – Probability Quotient – 10%
Same as outcome 3
The chequered Indian history has been witness to many farces and this time history can repeat itself as a tragedy. In fact, another 5 year term to either UPA or some such secular-socialist alliance would be an unmitigated disaster for an India that is already reeling under mammoth corruption of both the material as well as the moral kind. Secular-socialist corruption of the Congress variety is percolating down to the smallest units of Indian society and socio-economic models of the MNREGS type are corrugating Indian villages from within. Voters of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat are not only electing their respective assemblies and state governments but also are potentially voting to decide the destiny of India. Having come this close to decimate Congress and take that alternate path to destiny, India cannot, once again, afford to fall into the Karmic trance of indolence.