Greetings to India and all Indian people on India’s 76th Independence Day anniversary today.
India is a vibrant democracy, as exemplified by dozens of political parties — some local, some regional and some national — that make the Indian political scene so much interesting. The Congress Party, which dominated the Indian politics for decades after India’s independence, was almost done by the BJP’s phenomenal emergence a decade ago, as the most dominant party, may be seeing some kind of resurgence.
It is widely agreed that the BJP may have polarized the nation. An unintended consequence of BJP’s dominance may also have manifested in the polarization of Indian politics, as those dozens of political parties, which were in a disarray and squabbling with one another for decades, may have now found a common thread to come together, under an existential threat looming over them, and forged an alliance to form a formidable opposition. What else would a vibrant democracy like India demand from them? It may be that common existential threat that may keep them together for some time. Time alone knows!
Shouldn’t the country thank the BJP for recreating a strong opposition, which is the core requirement of a democracy? Like all other parties, the BJP also must, therefore, be acknowledged for playing its historic role in testing the Indian democracy to its limits. The questions is: ‘Can the Indian democracy withstand and pass the BJP tests, as it passed the Congress tests in the past?’
Only time will validate the depth, the strength and the resilience of Indian democracy. As for today, every Indian deserves to celebrate this day of independence.
Happy Independence Day, India!
© Bill K Koul [15 August 2023, Perth, Western Australia]
Copyright © Bill K Koul