Judiciary, counter revolution and the Left
Viewpoint: What is this but a naked display of upper caste bias of the so-called communists? How can the official Left fight counter revolution. If anything, this way it is only aiding counter revolution
Faraz Ahmad Delhi
Counter revolution has begun and sadly the official Left, the CPI, the CPM and often times the CPI-ML as well, wily nily appear party to the machinations of counter revolutionaries. In India it is the upper caste Indian judiciary which is leading the counter revolution.
Counter revolution, by its very nature is an attempt, whether it succeeds or eventually fails, to undo the revolution. The awakening of the Other Backward Castes (OBCs) and the Dalits, and their consequent assertion and eventual take over of state power in the traditionally regressive states of the Indo-Gangetic plains, namely UP and Bihar, following the implementation of the Mandal Commission report granting 27 per cent reservation to the OBCs by the V P Singh government, in August 1990, was a defining moment in India’s social and political history. Lalu Prasad Yadav, who grew up rearing his family cattle, but had succeeded in becoming the Bihar chief minister just a little before V P Singh’s momentous decision, understood the importance of the Mandal announcement best and launched a kind of social and political revolution in Bihar, involving all the socially disadvantaged sections of Bihar’s highly casteised feudal society. Admittedly, he squandered it later through his complacence and by narrowing his appeal to his Yadav community and the Muslims.
Nevertheless, in those early years, Lalu would go out to the villages at night, sit with the poor villagers and share their concerns. He would summon the fire brigade to give a bath to the poor living on the pavements of Patna, he expedited the construction of houses for the poor under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY), primarily a central government scheme. But he was also considerably lax in governance and even while publicly humiliating the upper caste officers, who resented a Yadav ruling them, and trying hard to resist his authority, he paid little attention to officialese, which is what he is paying a price for today, no doubt.
Lalu apart, neighbouring UP has also seen a social churning whereby if it is not a Mulayam Singh Yadav, it has to be a Mayawati. Even Kalyan Singh would do, for despite his BJP moorings, he is a strong votary of OBC reassertion. The OBC effect has quietly spread to MP and Rajasthan as well where no Sunderalal Patwa, no V K Saklecha or the son-in-law of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat can aspire to occupy the chief minister’s chair, resulting in the ruling castes of India thronging our cities, clenching their fists and gnashing their teeth, to undo this revolution.