The futility of Nehruvian-Fabian socialism and non-violence became clear in 1975 when the nation which is said to be based on the Gandhian non-violence principle embraced extreme violence and totalitarianism under Mrs. Indira Gandhi who was said to be a champion of Gandhianism and close associate of Mahatma Gandhi.
Those Indians who peacefully volunteered and refused to pay taxes to government (Salt tax, Dandi march), stopped using and circulating government’s paper money, burnt foreign cloths in favor of Khadi by will, were forced to suffer the Indian government’s tyranny, and the horrifying experiment of compulsory sterilization.
It is true that government failed to debase the feeling of Individual liberty and had to take back its totalitarian motives of compulsory sterilization and was forced to end the dictatorship during emergency. However, was it a change of mind of the government, or a change of planning?
Indian National Congress and the family of Nehru-Gandhi have ruled over so-called Indian democratic socialist state of India for more than 60 years since Independence in 1947. During this period, we have experienced the most draconian and despotic periods of governance and now we are facing a progressive democratic political means of disillusioned deliberations and propaganda through which, the Congress and UPA government is trying to snatch the very threat of liberty from the hands of individual citizens. The funny thing is; there is hardly any strong opposition against this purposeful scam of UPA government to grant impotency as a fashion for the Indian citizens.
Since last seven years of the UPA government at center, Indian parliament has sanctioned some of the very important legislations and policies that are strictly against Individual liberty and choice and this UPA government is still trying to enforce a few more similar draconian policies. All these governmental policies are definitely meant to convert India into a draconian state.
Draconian Bills Passed by the UPA Government
Let us check out some of the regulations and laws proposed and passed by the UPA government that are directly intended to harass Individual Liberty.
Aadhar: The Unique Identification Number
The UID Identity law was proposed by the UPA government and the government also wooed IT professional and tech guru Nandan Nilekani to work on this ambitious project. Unique identification number is similar to the concept of tags on pet animals. The UID program was meant to increase efficiency of governmental social welfare programs, to confirm that the government aid is being received by the right person without any mistake or corruption. Initially, Rs 3,500 crore were allocated for the Aadhar UID program for the fiscal year 2011-12 and the UPA government issued Rs 1,400 crore for the 2011-2012 plan. This entire amount was offered as a fiscal deficit credit against the national debt.
This debt was taken to create a better system for increasing and spreading the national debt in an efficient manner while treating Indian individuals as animals. Obviously, this was the initiation of creating an Animal Farm. While the government didn’t make it mandatory for an Individual to enroll with National Identification Authority of India via UID, the government certainly encouraged public service units (PSUs) to prescribe Aadhar as a mandatory requirement for availing services1 . The government also bestowed the power of collecting any additional information demographic and biometric information without prior approval from Parliament. This information can be used for any purpose administered by the NIAI and the individual whose personal identity will be breached will have no say about it. While cyber experts warned2 the government about the possible cybercrimes that may happen because of such mass identification trap by the government, government declined any negative view against this collectivist scheme.
Compulsory Education for All: Universal Education System: No Child Left Behind
In the year 2009, the UPA government issued a law that enforced free and compulsory education for all children in the age group of 6-14. As a result of this supposed right to education, budget for elementary education was increased by 16% from INR 26,800 crore in 2009-10 to INR 31,036 crore in 2010-11. While education is important for every citizen, however, government has no way to decide what type of education can help citizens. We also realize the dangerous effective of governmental indoctrination and free lunches. Furthermore, education for all or universal education system has been a failure because of its own burden. This must be noted that free governmental education under the course of Universal Education System was already offered by the government since 1950s. In 2009, the UPA government announced ‘Compulsory education’ for all. This compulsory education for all is no better than the idea of “Compulsory sterilization” enforced by Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1974-75.
Despite all this huge amount of money allocated for governmental education system, there hardly is any possibility of any improvement in elementary education. Even individuals from poor section still prefer to take services of private education system while the governmental education system provides enough incentive for corruption, mismanagement and wastage of resources. While this law was meant to control the elementary education, but the fact is, the Indian government controls the whole education system of India with its education boards, national council of education, national medical council and the AICTE. As a result, Indian government is producing unemployed youth with degrees. Government simply ignored the fact that the students, rich or poor both, simply despise and protest going to school3 .
Dramatic Opposition to RTI
The Civil Society member agitated for years for transparency in government and bureaucratic working and in 2005, the UPA government also agreed to pass a bill of Right to Information which was supported by Sonia Gandhi herself. However, the whole process just proved to be a political gimmick for increasing vote bank base. Right after the ‘Right to Information’ was passed, the senior ministers of UPA government started hue and cry about the governmental working process and complained that that RTI is “transgressing into government functioning”.
However, the real cause behind the protest of government officials and UPA government ministers is well known. Former Chief Election Commissioner T. S. Krishnamurthy, who is also a former Secretary to government said, “There is a practice among some civil servants to informally consult Ministers to make favorable file notings. This makes a mockery of the official policy framework. Making the notings available to the public will help such civil servants get their spine back.4 ” The protest of UPA government ministers was actually against the fear of getting caught in the enormous number of corruption and scam cases cascading against them. The UPA government not only tried to oppose and reverse the RTI, they also cried foul against the constitutional Comptroller and Auditor General of India. On the other hand, the same UPA government through its political outlets started demanding for similar Right to information about the private sector organizations and companies. Obviously, the message of UPA government was clear, it cannot accept any limitation against its own powers and working, but the UPA government is certainly seeking for complete totalitarian power above the private sector and individuals of India.
Free Medicines for All: Universal Health Care System: Free Health Care System
The UID, right to information and right to education were hastily proposed and passed by the UPA government to save its face behind the various scams and corruption charges against the major UPA ministers and government officers including central vigilance commissioner PJ Thomas5 who was UPA government’s choice for the post of Chief Justice of India. However, UDI, RTI and RTE proved to be a major failure that caused huge wastage of resources and increment in national debt. The UPA is again trying to safeguard itself against the public ignominy because of involvement of UPA government’s ministers in huge scam and corruption cases including the 2G Scam, the Air India scam, the KG Basin scam, the CWG scam and many others.
This time, the UPA government has used another appeasement political issue which is the Compulsory Universal health care system of India6 . While the Universal health care system is already abysmally working in India and more than 80% of medical facilities available for Indians are provided by the private health care system7 , the UPA government started planning for ending the private health care sector and implementing enforced, compulsory, “free medicines for all.” This is certainly a blatant attack against individual citizens as the UPA government is simply trying to abort the right of the customers to buy the best possible medicine that he can attain8 .
Along with discussing about the legislative for ‘compulsory’ free medicines for all, the government is also planning for the food security bill and the UPA government has employed Intelligence Bureau and the CBI to gather information, data, reports and chances of viability for Food Security bill. No doubt Indian Intelligence Bureau and CBI fail to catch the criminals and terrorists because they have to work for such governmental appeasement policies.
The Issue of Janlokpal
One can debate against Anna Hajare and the Civil Society of India Against Corruption and their demand for the Janlokpal; however, the UPA government now has already accepted the Janlokpal, so there is hardly anything any one can oppose. After all, the UPA government has made the Janlokpal a democratic choice of all people of India. So what will those right winged miniarchist oppose now? However, while trying to demean the Civil Society members including Anna Hajare, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal and others, the government has shown its power to suppress anyone in a brutal manner9 .
Issue of Black Money in Swiss Banks account
Being a libertarian and an Anarchocapitalist Voluntaryist, I have nothing against black money and the freedom of Individuals to stash their money in any foreign bank. I also know that bringing back this black money of India from Swiss banks10 will create further inflammatory problems in Indian financial sector, and I also believe that Fiat currency is a bane for Indian progress and hence, anyone stashing the Indian money hideously in any bank is actually doing a national favor as he is reducing the quantity of available fiat currency in the market which directly results in slight reduction in price rise. Thus, I am sincerely against the demand of Swami Ramdev and other members of Civil Society to bring the Indian money back from Swiss banks.
However, the way UPA government tackled the issue on 4rth of June 2011 and the manner in which peaceful protesters were beaten and lathi charged (beaten by batons) at Ramleela Maidan was heinous crime against Individual liberty. Obviously, the UPA government reminded the memories of 1975 emergency and stated that it is again possible anytime in India.
Controversial ‘Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill
The UPA government also introduced the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill that was aimed at harassing a particular sect anytime in the wake of communal violence. The Bill was proposed by NAC, a civil society whose job is actually to check the power of State. However, the NAC committee is hugely influenced by Sonia Gandhi, the head of Nehruvian-Gandhian Political family and in order to offer unwarranted political incentive for the UPA government and the Indian National Congress, the NAC forgot its major role which is to check and reduce the powers of state and tried a substantial expansion of state bureaucracy11
The UPA government against Facebook and Social networking sites
In order to quench the limited freedom of expression that Indian citizens have got, the UPA government recently tried to force censorship against the private social networking sites such as Facebook, Google, Blogs, private/personal websites12 . This is a direct breach of fundamental right/freedom of speech and expression. While I will discuss about this particular issue in a separate post, this is pretty clear out here that the UPA government is actually trying to create a web of totalitarianism surrounding Indian citizens through its contradictory policies. At one stage of political gimmicks, the government brings upon the idea of 51% FDI in retail sector while completely knowing that it would be impossible for the government to get this legislative passed in the Parliament, and at other stage, the same UPA government advocating liberalization has effectively suppressed individual liberty and free market principles by bringing the Right to Education and by proposing Right to information over private sector and non-governmental organizations and the same UPA government is now trying to bring the private health care system, that has already been enmeshed by the Universal health care system of India, under the Free Medicines for all option.
Conclusion: However, Indians lack any platform to raise voice against the collective system to protect Individual liberty and freedom of moral living. By providing free lunches, the government is trying to win the vote bank but all these free lunches like free ‘compulsory’ education, free ‘compulsory’ medicines and medical services, and Food Security will be offered at the expense of tax payers of India who will be forced to accept the burden of national debt caused by these highly irrational, immoral and wasteful appeasement policies of the government. The current Eurozone failure is just because of these similar unrestricted government welfare programs of the European governments and the UPA government is forcing Indians in the same pit of Huge national debt, hyperinflation, economic crisis and restricted freedom of citizens in the totalitarian government. No doubt, the UPA government is turning India into the live example of Brave New World described by Aldous Huxley13 in his famous book.
- Public service providers can prescribe mandatory UID for availaing Services, The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010 [↩]
- Cyber Experts Warns Against UID, Economic Times [↩]
- Why Children Protest Going to School: More Evolutionary Mismatch, Freedom to Learn [↩]
- Dramatic Opposition Against Right to Information, Rational Libertarian Corner [↩]
- India’s hope, Chief Justice S.H.Kapadia, replaced tainted PJ Thomas [↩]
- Facilitating Health Care in Indian Villages, Rational Libertarian Corner [↩]
- Improving Indian Health Care System, Rational Libertarian Corner [↩]
- Govt Mulls Free Medicine for All, Times of India [↩]
- Revolution Against Political Corruption, Rational Libertarian Corner [↩]
- How to Bring Indian Black Money Back from Swiss Banks, Rational Libertarian Corner [↩]
- Rethink the Communal Violence Act, Indian Express [↩]
- Govt Faceoff Brewing with Facebook, Others, Times of India [↩]
- Brave New World, Wikipedia [↩]