Police States in today’s India!

A people can be traumatized  by the fear of the state. Even now in states like Tamil  Nadu under the Dravidian ideology, Shivsena in Maharashtra and also under Lalu in Bihar the “democratically-elected leaders have turned dictators by more subtle and pernicious methods.

An awe and a fear of the leader as a demi-god is created and carefully built up, cadres fall at  the feet of the leaders and worship as gods! In TN no society will talk freely, openly of state affairs. Teachers, government servants, why even the  entire middle class and upper classes are cowed down by this all-pervasive power of the leaders, in office and also in Opposition!

There can’t be more telling an example of how some pernicious doctrines, Nazism and fascism, permeate into even  changed times and transformed societies! In  TN, the police is transformed into a semi-Gestapo like feared force! “The  Nazis were at their most efficient in establishing a climate of fear  and convincing average Germans that even chance criticisms would be  picked up by the Gestapo”. Attacks on the media is another new trend in  these states. So too the utter contempt for all norms of governance. No  doubt, corruption is all pervasive. So, citizens live in freedom? Or fear?

One important lesson for Indians is to realize that history is not a  remote academic study. Nor, it has no lessons for the present living. History  is, in this all important sense, a living  reality! It is time we give up our prevailing notions of great men shaping history. Great men often commit great blunders. For their blunders, people pay a heavy price. Not once. But generation after generation!  Great events really don’t have great causes.
They just occur as everyday events. So, we Indians also must learn to look at  much of our recent past, our winning Freedom  etc as events that forced  upon us, or some folly committed by our own leaders!

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