When our Republic comes to an edge (by Shiva Kant Jha

Shortly before his death, the great President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865 ), the 16th President of the United States, expressed his dread on account of witnessing some sinister forces developing to imperil his Republic: he said on Nov. 21, 1864 –
“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavour to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
What he said with agony has overtaken the U.S.A., and many of its client states, despite its continuing high decibel assertions pretending to be the promoter of ‘democracy’ at home and abroad. And the state of the affairs of the great country can be well understood by what Noam Chomsky said in his Failed States (at p. 238):
“One predictable result has been a “new, higher level of corruption.” Corruption includes extensive gerrymandering to prevent competition for seats in the House, the most democratic of government institutions and therefore the most worrisome…. More generally, there have been “profound” effects on “the way the country is governed….. Not only is legislation increasingly skewed to benefit the richest interests, but Congress itself has been changed,” becoming a “transactional institution,” geared to implementing the pro-business policies of the increasingly powerful state.”

Finding things worse in our country, revealing the same pathology that is manifest in the hegemonic U.S.A., I reflected, while observing the Anna’s Anti-corruption Movement in our country, on what seriously ails our polity and governance, and what jeopardizes most our ‘democracy’. If you cast your searching glance, you can easily notice at work the triple entente of ‘corporation’, ‘corruption’ and ‘democratic and moral deficit’. What Abraham Lincoln has apprehended in the USA, has overtaken our country over these years. Our posterity’s agonising verdict on us might be: ‘You are one of those that will not serve God if devil bid you ( Shakespeare, Othello I.i.108).
I understand that the greatest thing that Anna has done is to demonstrate that our country needs a re-structuring of its polity and governance by providing a good political alternative to arrest the rot that has set in our polity. History through its long vistas has drummed in our ears that our indifference and lack of vigilance would only help the democratic Republic of India to stink, and get caught in the octopus-grip of surging ‘corruptions’ which are making our polity ‘corporatocratic’, and turning many of our t leaders shockingly kleptocratic.


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