India’s Political Economics and Expressionism are Too Old: The Britishesque-Socialist Dementia
You would think about LockDown 4.0, which would undergo since May the 18th 2020, and maybe certain speculations could be appropriately made as to what the Modi Government would plan now to restore the Indian Economy. The problem, which is very integral in this regard is not what ideologies leaders hold, or what their background is. India’s Politics is facing a crisis right now, and I do not think why any single political party or some coalition of opposition parties would be responsible for this crisis. I put this blame without any haste and with humility to the people who vote our leaders, careless to even dilute and harmonize our media platforms, and to those nasty pseudo-Cosmopolitan millennials, who think that their pro-Left ideology will change the world with respect to complex and deeper issues like terrorism and climate change. Nevertheless, Indian Politics is now facing a mundane crisis in 75 years, which is what I call a Britishesque-Socialist Dilemma.
The problem is not so simple, and we need to understand how this dilemma works. First, if we dissect the term ‘Britishesque-Socialist Dilemma, we will understand the exact problem we are facing beyond ideological obscuration people vomit on social media without any sense of ethical responsibility. When I say Britishesque, I mean that India’s political system has not yet exhausted its system’s purposive and applied basis from the system they had inherited from the British Raj since 1947. The Congress failed, and even the current NDA coalition has miserably failed to exhaust it out.
The only difference we have is the Modi Government has tried its best to thaw it out by introducing some good reforms. However, India’s Administrative Machinery cannot work with just or only a Top-Down approach. We cannot blame a PM for this because our Federal System’s ethics is at stake in some ways, and is properly adhered by some state governments too, which is a multi-sided issue.
We have certain archaic legislations, unreasonable circulars, scattered administrations, and yes, an indiscipline administration, which obviously is better than before due to the Central Government’s Top-Down approach. However, like the Judiciary, the Legislative and Executive factions of the Central and State Governments need to thaw out its British origins as fast as possible to stop its influence to corrupt the ethos of the system. India resembles a lot to the United States — we are culturally open, resilient, nationalist and liberal at the same time. The next country that would do after us is perhaps Israel and then the list may have countries like Japan, Singapore and Bangladesh and so on. So, why should the administrative community itself not decrease the utility of the Top-Down approach? The real problem lies in the Trust-Faith mechanism our Executive has presented to the people and the top leadership (the President and the Council of Ministers). Therefore, it would be considered that we have still come out of the Britishesque trap yet. However, some people credit this Brit influence in our work ethic as a blessing. I do not deny the British Raj did not give us something good, but I would disagree if people think that India is a dream and it is nothing but something at the wishes and blissful discretion of the ‘civilized’ Great Britain. Obviously, cultures have their bad side too, but people would feel defeatist if their aesthetic aspirations are isolated and solely connected to what the Brits did. Thus, maligning the Indian spirit is deplorable and condemned by heart.
The Socialist Side of the Indian Political System is more of a Leviathan we must crush as soon as possible. Every political ideology can have worse and best to provide. The main question we must always ask is whether the ideology renders a progressive party for a human society to some extent or not. It is not that Indian Governance has not benefited from Socialism. Our PSUs and public bodies like BSNL, Life Insurance Corporation, Air India, Indian Oil Corporation, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Indian Railways and to a limited extent — the Indian Space Research Organization must be credited to the Indian Socialist regime. However, neither the Congress nor the BJP nor any political party has kept our nation safe from something too perilous. That dangerous quicksand is the ‘povertarian’ model often reflected by ThePrint’s Shekhar Gupta, funnily. I second this because Nehruvian Socialism if is rendered under the same antique warp with ideological obscuration, then it would be difficult for us to become ‘Atmanirbhar’. Here is an excerpt from his article on poverty and the rich published in 2001:
There has to be something so terribly wrong with a society which even when it celebrates its most successful creators of wealth, is more proud of their spartan lifestyle than their riches. What else do endless newspaper articles, television programmes extolling Narayanamurthy’s middle-class lifestyle tell you? How he eats with his staff, travels economy class, hires taxis in Mumbai, cleans his own toilet, gives himself a small salary, and so on. We celebrate his asceticism and not his wealth. If he gets his fame through such self-denial, why did he build such a marvellous enterprise and wealth anyway? How would his lifestyle inspire your children or mine to slog and become creators of wealth? A Bill Gates with his mansions and jets might. But Narayanamurthy? I’d rather cram up the scriptures and become a new-age guru or a tele-evangelist on some Aastha kind of channel instead.
The problem with the povertarian model is quite obvious: politicians develop models centric to more monetary and financial distributions to people. However, in reality, India’s corruption problem makes it useless to do such mass-level distributions, and second, for 70 years, the rural and semi-urban people are still not able to rise out of their poverty. Let us understand some of the obvious reasons for the very problem:
- We as Indians have lost our cultural values. Altruism only works when there is a set goal. The MNREGA for example, which is a successful scheme by the Indian National Congress, must not be lauded as a successful model to appraise India’s Champagne Socialism and pseudo-Judgementalism. Since, we have marketed altruism due to some obsession towards a dopamine rush and have sold off the bare physic of our emotions to create a giant machine of mass collectivism, like the Americans to some extent, I am sorry, but we are trapped within our own emotional games. Our economic model does not have structure-centric progressivism to maintain economic chores for the people. We are fortunate not to have dire issues in the United States, the UK and European Union are currently facing due to their policies, but it is high time, we set aside appraise for MNREGA and think about a new model, which embraces progressivism at its ethnic and social roots.
Democratic Liberalism (not Socialism), which aspires to anti-poor should be as it is: it must think how to create and effectuate a model which rises us out of poverty in mass-level proportions. However, when we are rising and have risen out of poverty, we must uphold our Indic values to make our values of progressivism, openness, commitment, innovation, altruism and reasonability deep-rooted to social purpose, where we decide and keep some ethical check-up to envision a model of social capitalism for a New India, which deserves to aspire a UNSC Permanent Seat and also gaining the prestigious status of a Stabilizing Power.
- The Economic Model that our duopolistic parties, the INC and the BJP had to propose for years to come was a sham. Sorry — you may feel that Rahul Gandhi’s woes on economics and labourers have been quite sympathetic and pacifist. I do not blame Rahul for this — because this is not his fault. His political party is the most responsible organization behind this. Even the BJP needs to think about how it can transform the Gandhian Socialism it has avowed limitedly to adhere.
- The Indian Economic Model is communitarian, not communist. Why am I pointing out so much to the Left, is with a reason? Our Indic culture has already, at an aesthetic level (something I think is an anthropomorphic advantage certain civilizations may have) which can draft and recreate its own economic means to do best. The pro-urban and anti-rural yet pro-poverty (surprisingly not anti-poor or anti-poverty) model in India is not based on the West (so no to any unreasonable advice). We have adopted the means and mechanisms for long from the Soviets and then from the US and its allies, but our people have now, in the 21st Century, have aligned to this failed economic model, which no government since 2000 could fix it, unfortunately.
We have this labour crisis, where thousands of people are suffering and yet we believe that a top-down approach will do everything to save them. It would not, and it has never done ever in our case. We need to act disciplined and our community of administration officials, must be empowered but at the same be responsible enough to take some action and if not prevent the worse, then at least must ensure that modulation of such a disorganized sector of workers is prioritized. If that is not done, I am sorry we will live with this vicious cycle for some hard while.
- My observation is that like the Congress has been lying and misusing (1) the Ambedkarite Activism; (2) Gandhian Socialism and (3) the Athiest Means to Understand our Economic Problems, the current National Democratic Alliance has at least not even properly expanded (1) Gandhian Socialism in many aspects, (2) the Hindutva model they support (which is fine, provided they envision it in a more reasonable way) and (3) the Market Economic thought, which I appraise because we have Nitin Gadkari who gave a brilliant interview to ThePrint and humbly addressed the issues of the political economy.
Even if the Modi Government is facing compulsions to provide progressive solutions, they must try really hard to anticipate the decline of the Britishesque-Socialist syndrome that our Indian Political Economy is facing. Once the poison is gone, our political economics will really become strong and reasonable.
We already have some examples in the course that can reform the Indian politics and economy, if they really do — Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi, Bhupesh Baghel in Chattisgarh and Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan. You see — these are multi-partisan examples, so why do the hell we need ideological obscuration and purification?
Let us suck the poison very soon.