Babul Supriyo in TMC: Politics of Opportunism. To hell with ideology | OPINION

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People may remember the movie The Ten Commandments in which Moses said to Pharaoh, “We are to be ruled by the law of God, not by you. In fact, he says that we will not be ruled by one person unless that person embodies the law.

In India, the main political ideologies as everywhere in the world remain a standoff between the left and the right of the spectrum. Any political science student would have read the ideology of communism, fascism, liberalism, nationalism, feminism, capitalism, power politics and identity politics.

A political ideology is very useful because it provides the moral compass of what is right and what is rotting society and how one can be that one harbinger of change or crusader for truth.

It is a universally known truth that not much is done unless one engages in “the politics of power”, the idea of ​​sitting in opposition is not exactly an appetizing idea for our people. recent “defectors” at home.

The people who carry the ‘no space’ ideology are in fact representatives of the ‘space in power’ ideology, as they continue to join the ruling power formation by abandoning the old camps. .

In politics, there are two kinds of “renegades”: individuals who change parties and stick with the ruling party and those who belong to political parties that have changed coalition affiliation to stay in power.

It has been observed that the Center is largely accommodating to the communal project, when it bends to the whims and fancies of the majority since it helps them to consolidate a “vote bank”.

How can we forget the famous Rajiv Gandhi-Shah Bano episode – accusations have been made that Rajiv Gandhi helped overturn a Supreme Court ruling in order to appease the Muslim clergy. Other controversies involve accusations that he could have catalyzed the rise of Hindu nationalists, pushing outliers into the mainstream.

Not being swayed by either faction requires enormous political will, which most politicians lack today.

Today deals are made in posh hotels, potential MPs are flown out and “quarantined” by a political party until they consider an absolute majority.

The 24/7 media coverage of the 2017 Goa and Manipur elections is still fresh in our collective memory.

At the most mundane level, we all have an opinion on the “ideal” form of governance.

Freedom, equality, equity, gender justice, public spending, etc. How we think about these core values ​​of democracy can be greatly influenced by the type of ideological belief we carry in our heads, a transactional analysis of our social conditioning, our life experiences and our reflections on them, and we draw heavily from this well of knowledge and beliefs when we try to make sense of the world.

The use of power is most often carried out within the framework of an ideology; for believers, their ideology is the ultimate truth. What they do once power is established depends largely on the moral compass of the individual.

Not so long ago, Digvijaya Singh accused the BJP of bargaining. So-called pledged money, government departments, positions in (companies) and luxury cars in return for their support.

It is said that a certain “chanakya” in politics these days is adept at this. This is why we so often hear the term haggling being used metaphorically to describe politics today.

All is fair in love and war, we read in a famous idiom – the war zone being the battleground of elections, because what really matters in the end is success by all and by. all means. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar as they say.

Our political discourse is inundated with names like Yaswant Sinha, VC Shukla, P Kumaramanglam, Ram Vilas Paswan and many more.

Take the case of Yashwant Sinha – a former Indian administrator, politician and former finance minister, he switched sides from Janata Dal to BJP and then came out of oblivion after many years by joining the TMC with Mamata Banerjee as leader. . in 2021.

A look at the six-decade career of the former Lok Sabha member reveals a long stint with the Indian National Congress, which also had contact with the Jan Morcha, the Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Janata Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and finally the Bharitiya Janata Fête – that’s a long list!

A few months ago, I took part in a debate with a passionate activist from the minority community who now has affiliations with the current regime.

Appearing sensitive, liberal, critical of the regime in power, she is known to have “suddenly” turned to the right and according to the public’s perception loses all credibility when she appears in the broadcasts as spokesperson for the regime. past activism merges with this “” turn of events.

About a year ago I was on a leading national channel and a panelist asked him: Earlier you had a painting by Che Guevara in your living room, the painting by the Cuban revolutionary adorns it. is it still your living room? To which she replied with insolence: today there is a slight change, instead of Che, I hang the painting of Swami Vivekananda. This is how the cookie crumbles when it comes to “coat cuffs”.

The specter of left and right in politics is an interesting concept, those who hang like a pendulum from the opposition to the ruling party must be judged because the debatable question remains how can one change one’s political ideology just to rub shoulders with great and mighty.

Traditionally, the left refers to people and groups who hold liberal views that support progressive reforms and social fairness as well as economic equality.

The far left is known to be much more radical in its outlook than its liberal left counterparts.

The word right refers to people who subscribe to conservative views and want politics and religion to mingle.

Centrists are people who favor a status quo in politics, favoring the current dispensation.

The far right group is essentially political more to the right on left-right ideology.

These people support an absolutist government, exclude immigrants and minorities, are known to make inflammatory speeches in order to garner their “majority” support.

Far-right politicians have been accused of delivering hate speech using “dog whistle” methods to incite contempt for minorities, the tactics used are nothing but the policy of “hijacking” . It makes an excellent TRP and ultimately serves as an opiate for the masses.

In the recent West Bengal 2021 election run, 34 West Bengal lawmakers left TMC’s ship for BJP as predictions, bets, media projections all promised a full BJP sweep in West Bengal, by the way only. 13 of the candidates got tickets to contest the BJP.

The political fight between a former close collaborator of Mamata Banerjee, Suvendhu Adhikari, and the supremo of TMC is now legendary.

The list of leaders leaving TMC for BJP is a bit long, names like Mithun Chakraborty to Mukul Roy all feature in this coveted list.

What is even more disconcerting is the “ghar wapsi” of these deflectors and the new penchant for the ruling regime in West Bengal.

Who can forget the vitriol that was vomited by Babul Supriyo and the FIR that was filed against him in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when he entered booth # 199 and threatened a polling officer.

There is another clip of him mocking a man at a reception to help people with disabilities.

What happened sir, a problem? I’m going to break your leg and give you a crutch, even if it was a joke, why would a trade union minister make such disparaging remarks?

So what made Babul Supriyo, who in the past referred to TMC leaders as allies of the state’s business tycoons and coal mafia?

Politics of opportunism? Make hay while the sun is shining?

He has in the past accused TMC management of engaging in “money cuts” to obtain public funds for projects.

So is it all forgiven and forgotten now?

Supriyo even said the TMC narrative was simple: hate the BJP, and the party has been successful in pushing this divisive agenda forward. The TMC in Bengal does not respect the federal system.

Residents of the state are encouraged to ridicule the prime minister and other central ministers. Even filmmakers use saffron flags to represent hooligans in their films.

So his membership in that same political party he has so openly criticized is sure to raise eyebrows, so why did Babul join a party he previously believed engaged in extremely low levels of politics?

Was it the Et tu, Brute complex after Babul was unleashed from the Narendra Modi government?

I received a lot of love and support from a party (TMC) with which I had a very tumultuous relationship. suspected cases of cow smuggling.

So it translates to: ‘Iss Hamam Mein Sab Nange Hain’.

Whatever policy is practiced today has no moral compass, the sad situation reflects what we have become.

People are polarized on imaginary past glories and subsequent chest thrusts of religion and caste-based pride and this chauvinism has intensified in recent years as the search for plausible alternatives continues, we return. endlessly with the proven values ​​of the horse trade, poaching, in the hands of the wheel and negotiation.

The gatekeepers always bow to public opinion and are largely influenced by majority discourse or whatever makes the majority happy.

To hell with ideals and virtues.

Democracy critics like Plato believed that government by ignorant people or government by charlatans is what ordinary people fall in love with.

No defender of democracy has claimed that stupidity is a virtue, but it is also true that democracy does not discriminate on the basis of lack of common sense or knowledge.

As speeches continue on totalitarian and liberal manifestations of ideology, values ​​in politics or not will continue to remain a problem child.

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