Let’s not consider western principles and beliefs as ideal undisputable benchmarks. Those concepts are marred with numerous loopholes and are not immune to criticism. We shouldn’t be even glorifying their democratic vision. We can keep singing praises of Jeffersonian Republicanism and the Ancient Republics in Greece and Italy but the fact remains that they were people who believed in enslavement of the Blacks. The English used to practice democracy to some extent at home and called their Parliament the ‘Mother of all Parliaments” but at the same time they colonized and oppressed over hundred countries. It was this which prompted Gandhi to remark that western democracy was a form of diluted fascism.
USA always dreamt of establishing capitalistic hegemony (and did) in the name of an open worldwide capitalistic market and today, when the world stands at crossroads and is on the verge of a classic market of capitalism, the United States is bent upon thwarting the financial rise of other establishments. I don’t understand why India should not consider itself a federal country if it doesn’t follow the kind of federalism which is practiced in the United States, which we often call classical or conventional federalism. Our country has always maintained its own ‘Indianized’ version of federalism which is slightly bent in favour of the Centre so as to ensure superiority of nationalism over regionalism. But in my opinion India has never actually been able to propagate the kind of federalism it enshrined in its Constitution.
During the time of Congress domination, when the Congress was in power at the Centre as well as in all the states, the decision making process was wholly controlled and influenced by the Union Government, the power faded a bit when the Congress’s grip loosened across India but still the Centre was calling the shots, its only now that we are witnessing states overruling the Centre on numerous occasions in the name of federalism. So in my assessment India has gone from being a non-federal state to a quasi-federal and now to a quasi-con-federal state where the states are far more powerful than the Centre.
We should have faith in our ‘Indianized’ federal representative democracy. There’s no need for us to pursue practices prevalent in the West. In USA, if you want to go and reside in a different state, you’ll need a separate citizenship. Havoc is playing out in states like California where they have embraced certain principles of direct democracy. In a direct democracy, states undertake referendums and the results of those referendums are binding on the legislature and the executive while making laws and passing executive orders, respectively. California is going bankrupt and the people are not allowing the state to raise taxes as they have rejected the proposal in innumerable referendums. Giving such veto power to an unaware and non pragmatic civil society is like providing terrorists with a lethal nuclear bomb. Indian institutions are at least pragmatic and plausible.
9/11 will undoubtedly go down in history as “the” incident of the decade 2000-2009. It was an event which defined the very tone of the first decade of the 21st century. The role played by 9/11 in the War Against Terrorism was somehow ironically equivalent to the role played by the sinking of RMS Lusitania and the attack on Pearl Harbour during the 1st and the 2nd World War respectively.
The entire world knows that the United States is a self appointed protector of humanity and they also happen to be the ultimate capitalists working with the intention of creating an unchallenged monopoly in the market. They use certain terms to justify all their actions. Those terms are liberty, democracy and republicanism. The United States has actively used these terms to wage “just wars” as they claim. After getting its independence from the British, the United States embarked upon a long journey. They had a great amount of self belief and this was accompanied with immeasurable grit and determination. This helped the United States to defy all the odds and emerge as the single largest power in the world after the collapse of the USSR but this dream was fulfilled only after doctoring endless number of sinister deeds. The United States and the USSR were stacked against each other in a battle for supremacy. Both the countries tried to dislodge the other in order to become the creditor of the world. We all know that the only thing that is common in politics all around the globe is the anti incumbency attitude of the common masses. This was the time when the United States took great advantage of this worldwide psychology. It wiped out Communism from Europe but was unable to influence the leaders of USSR who were bent upon carrying on with this system of governance. The United States did all that it could to make Communism unpopular and infamous by projecting capitalism as the only means via which poverty could be overcome. The United States blindly pursued this propaganda on the global level but it didn’t give them the desired results and so the United States developed the most draconian foreign policy by making terrorism a part of it. They decided to topple Anti-US regimes with the help of terrorists.
There were certain sections of society in Anti-US countries who were greatly frustrated with the political situation of their country. They were anti-social elements who could have gone on to every possible extent to gain power and to take charge of the proceedings. The United States entered into a pact with them. The United States bred those fanatics and helped them in nurturing their dream of toppling the existing regime. Not only did the United States assist them financially, they also gave them training and weapons to fight with thus adding fuel to the fire. The fanatics bred by USA grew in size and became alarmingly volatile. They were projected as freedom fighters by the United States and many Hollywood movies released during that time projected them as heroes fighting for liberty. They became a part of US’s popular folklore. Fanatics in different countries along with the help of the United States dislodged Anti-US governments and came to power. The USSR finally collapsed and thus began USA’s reign as the numero-uno country.
The fanatics, whom the United States bred, had now become enormously powerful. The United States had expected to benefit from them but this didn’t happen. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. After garnering power they refused to toe USA’s line and refused to entertain or acknowledge them. An ignorant person is the one who spits while looking upwards and doesn’t expect that spit to come back on his face. Those fanatics were like that spit and USA was like that ignorant person. They helped terrorists to come to power and they expected them to frame Pro-US laws but this didn’t happen because those terrorists wanted to be the bosses themselves. USA had been betrayed and it vowed to take its revenge. The same set of people who were once projected as freedom fighters were now being projected as terrorists by the United States. Tensions accelerated between the two sides and the fanatics executed the most insane massacre in the history of the human civilization which came to be known as 9/11. The United States was brutalized. It finally decided to launch the War Against Terrorism.
This war was initiated with the intention of extracting revenge from those who had masterminded 9/11 but certain capitalistic elements took unfair advantage of it. War Against Terrorism became the West vs the Islamic World sort of a thing. The United States built a perception all around the Western World that all Muslims were terrorists and went on to victimize millions of Muslims. The United States did kill and capture a lot of terrorists but it also unfairly destroyed many countries, looted their natural wealth and committed several war crimes. Ten years have passed since 9/11 and we have seen all the fortunate and unfortunate incidents unfold in front of our eyes. On the fortunate side we saw Osama Bin Laden, the man who had masterminded 9/11 being shot dead by the United States in Pakistan, we saw the whole country of the United States come together and elect a Black Man as their President because 9/11 helped integrate the nation like never before and now the United States wasn’t divided into Whites and Blacks as they were only thinking of combating an enemy in unison. On the unfortunate side we saw a far greater number of things. The United States waged war after war and devastated many countries, left unlimited homeless who were innocent, destroyed the reputation of millions of Muslims and made their life tougher than ever before. It spent 2 trillion dollars on wars and plunged into a financial crisis and lost its prestigious AAA debt rating. It even lost thousands of its soldiers in these wars.
We have still not learnt our lessons from the past. It’s true that the war against terrorism was justified but it’s also true that this war was greatly misused to fulfill the greed of capitalists. Once again we are committing the same errors and are allowing history to repeat itself. The onslaught launched by the NATO forces against Libyan forces is just another act of opportunism. Once again the United States is making the same mistake. They are helping anti-social elements to grab power in Libya by means of terrorism which is unjustified. Once again those elements are being projected as freedom fighters and once again the world is doing nothing apart from being a mute spectator. The entire world is still holding a deep prejudice against Muslims even after knowing that all Muslims are not terrorists and even after the revelation of Christian fundamentalism in Europe and Hindu Terrorism in India, both of whom are as equally destructive and worrying as Islamic militancy. We’ve got to ensure that things don’t go wrong from here on. The first thing that needs to be done is all around development and equal treatment for all sections of society. When there is lack of development or when a particular section of society is unfairly discriminated against then what results is a rebellion and we need to ensure that this doesn’t happen. The second thing that needs to be achieved is peace. The people who are not happy with the ruling Government or regime need to realize that the days of violent struggle are gone. Violent protests are totally unacceptable no matter how much justified the cause might be. Thirdly, we need to keep a tab on the greed of rich nations. The greed of the United Sates for oil not only devastated many oil rich countries, it also led to its downfall as now the United States is seen as a power in decline with the phenomenal Rise of China and the overall development of BRICS. If we successfully achieve the above mentioned things then only can we move towards a peaceful and an economic powerful world.