Indian common man, at present, is witnessing unprecedented public shows staged by politicians to misguide people from the current topics/issues that have been attracting widespread debates and attentions and try their hands to tune them to their music. Perhaps the proliferation of media and the advancements in communication on the technical front have enabled more platforms for everyone to express their opinions and criticize others simultaneously. The media is blessed with scoops literally every day, for the politicos of the rival camps have stopped bothering about the code of conducts that seems to have become a thing of the past.
For weeks every casual chats and media reports had been munching on Beef Politics which is still running with packed houses in the media screens. Then we had the Sakithya Winners returned their awards, registering their protest and pointing the growing intolerance. Ruling BJP rubbished all the charges against them and Mr. Arun Jetliy has been reiterating that India cannot be ‘unsecular’. (It still seems ironical on the actual stand of Prime Minister Mr.Modi who remains tight lipped despite most of the fingers point towards him directly.) Then the party mouthpieces and spokespersons have dug deep into the political leanings of most of those who had protested by returning their awards and proclaimed them as Anti-BJP and defined their act as nothing more than an attempt taint the party’s image, among the public.
More recently in its final day of the three day conclave in Ranchi, BJP’s Alma matter RSS paid tribute to Mr. Kalburgi, whose killing was the eye of the ongoing political storm, clearly distancing itself from the criticism/aqusitions over the Hindu right-wing involvement in the murder.
Then came the eminent Filmmakers giving up their National Awards to mark their support to the then protesting FTII students since June, over the appointment of actor Mr. Gajendra Chauhan as the Chariman of the new governing council. Most of them, with exceptions, have also been stamped as Anti-BJP.
The pro-government media reports and essays and articles that keep pouring in dailies and magazines right from the start approach the act of returning the awards from a different angle. Each one of them view the act as (the term #AwardWapsi has recently been trending virally in news reports. What a fancy invention?!) the determined act of defaming BJP, while the true intentions of those returning their recognitions are totally different.
The core intention of this so called abdication of awards and honours is to register their dissatisfaction of the deliberate silence of the National leadership, in these moments of chaos and the growing intolerance leading to religious and communal unrest. But the issues are focused to be the subjects of protest in the public eyes. It’s sad many dub the protests as personal attacks on Mr.Modi, for in actuality it might have been the same with any leader on the PM seat, if he/she elects to remain silent amid such escalating tensions.
Yesterday we had also witnessed, Congress staging their political attack on the ruling government and have petitioned the President over ‘rising intolerance’ in the country. Well, they make their presence felt by the high-drama march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They were the same leaders who ruled the nation for the past decade, who kept their mouths zipped while scam after scam kept surfacing each dwarfing the previous records. As expected BJP has termed the rally and the entire episode as sinister campaign against it.
The whole Indian political arena has become a Tennis court, more or less, where the common man and the media sit on both sides, with the same media umpiring the game, while the Congress and BJP keep on pitching their blame balls and the other somehow always taking the service perfectly. While the parties-who ever had taken the service during their regime- are going strong it is the common man whose welfare and peaceful livelihood is hit ultimately . He is the victim and the spectator.
The zenith of irony indeed!