The Crack in the Majoritarian Indian Politics

Posted on 06/01/2023

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what has passed away
Or what is yet to be
Ah, the wars they will be fought again
The holy dove, she will be caught again
Bought and sold, and bought again
The dove is never free
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
We asked for signs
The signs were sent
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah, and the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see
I can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
They’re going to hear from me
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
You can add up the parts
But you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
There is no drum
Every heart, every heart
To love will come
But like a refugee
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
 

When the citizens of the Indian republic are suffering from injustice, hunger, unemployment, climate catastrophe and have lost their faith⤡ in democracy in general, they have heard a courageous voice from one of the pillars of democracy, i.e., judiciary, on the issue of the Demonetization move⤡.

Truth cannot always be asserted by majoritarian decision-making process. Democracy thrives through dissent and the expression of the “other voices”, which are not suppressed through the tyranny of the majority.

Remember the precedent set by the apex court of our country in the year 2018?

Dissent safety valve of democracy, pressure cooker will burst if not allowed, says SC VIEW HERE ⤡ (As reported on 31st August, 2018 ©The Indian Express)

More such examples could be found in Socrates’ trial and death, Galileo’s inquisition and forced confession, burning of Giordano Bruno, the murder of the De’witt Brothers in Netherlands etc. All these dissenting voices were mercilessly suppressed by the delusional majority. However, history proved the majority verdict wrong in each case.

Whatever be the case: e pur si muove, i.e., “it still moves”.

Let us go through the following extract from Plato’s dialogue “Crito“:

Soc. But why, my dear Crito, should we care about the opinion of the many? Good men, and they are the only persons who are worth considering, will think of these things truly as they happened.

Cr. But do you see. Socrates, that the opinion of the many must be regarded, as is evident in your own case, because they can do the very greatest evil to anyone who has lost their good opinion?

Soc. I only wish, Crito, that they could; for then they could also do the greatest good, and that would be well. But the truth is, that they can do neither good nor evil: they cannot make a man wise or make him foolish; and whatever they do is the result of chance.

The face of the Non-Godi Media has systematically discussed the entire issue with the Demonetization verdict (2nd January, 2023) in detail:

Demonetisation: Lawful or Unlawful? VIEW HERE ⤡

Mr. Kumar has pertinently referred to Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman’s book Discordant Notes: The Voice of Dissent in the Last Court of Last Resort (in two volumes):

Tracing, exploring and analysing all dissenting judgments in the history of the Supreme Court of India, from the beginning till date, Rohinton Fali Nariman brings to light the cases, which created a deep impact in India’s legal history. From the famous Bengal Immunity Co. Ltd. v. State of Bihar in 1955 to Bhagwandas Goverdhandas Kedia v. Girdharilal Pashottamdas and Co. in 1966, State of Bombay v. The United Motors (India) Ltd in 1953, Superintendent & Legal Remembrancer, State of West Bengal v. Corporation of Calcutta in 1967, Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association v. Union of India in 1993, Mafatlal Industries v. Union of India in 1997 and Pradeep Kumar Biswas v. Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in 2002, Keshava Madhava Menon v. State of Bombay in 1951, United Commercial Bank Ltd. v. Workmen and Ram Singh v. The State of Delhi in the same year and Union of India v. West Coast Paper Mills Ltd. in 2004 among others, this two-volume definitive work is a thorough examination of the important dissenting judgments of the Supreme Court of India, and of some of the Judges of the Supreme Court who have gone down as ‘Great Dissenters’, for having written dissents of legal and constitutional importance, some of which have gone on to be recognised as correct position of the law. 

Discordant Notes: The Voice of Dissent in the Last Court of Last Resort⤡

When we, the supposed citizens of India, are witnessing that the discharged jailbirds are garlanded and are fed sweets by the associates of the ruling party; when wilful defaulters are moving scot-free across the globe; when the fictitious Ram Mandir is supported by the judiciary—– it is high time to raise the voice of disagreement, dissent and opposition in order to check the illegitimate rise of the centralized sovereign in the context of wounded India⤡.

Thanks to the two faces of the two pillars of democracy: Justice Nagarathna and journalist Ravish Kumar along with all the crowd-funded Non-Godi Media journalists for their art of resistance.

7 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on debaprasad and commented:

    #art_of_resistance_against_autocracy
    #Down_With_Saffron_Fascism
    #dissent_against_saffron_fascism

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  2. Reblogged this on Rupa Sanyal and commented:

    #art_of_resistance_against_autocracy
    #Down_With_Saffron_Fascism
    #dissent_against_saffron_fascism

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Akhar Bandyopadhyay says:

    Reblogged this on Akhar Bandyopadhyay and commented:

    #art_of_resistance_against_autocracy
    #Down_With_Saffron_Fascism
    #dissent_against_saffron_fascism

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Reblogged this on Partyless Society and commented:
    #art_of_resistance_against_autocracy
    #Down_With_Saffron_Fascism
    #dissent_against_saffron_fascism

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  5. Reblogged this on DHFL Scam and commented:
    #art_of_resistance_against_autocracy
    #Down_With_Saffron_Fascism
    #dissent_against_saffron_fascism

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  6. In case of power-politics, monolithic structure cannot survive without the antithetical other. This voice(s) of dissent may also be a part of polymorphus power-game (as a residue of the totalitarian unanimous verdict).

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