Thesis And Anti-Thesis
A vigilant civil society can keep strife at bay even if the wisdom of power fails the BJP
illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
The decision is to hold general elections in March. The conclusion is that the BJP will win hands down. It’s the consequence on which opinions are sharply divided. The BJP votaries say this will herald a glorious era for India. They could be right. Then again, they could be dead wrong. Opponents claim a spectacular BJP win will be fatal for India with the nation plunging into an external war with Pakistan and a civil war with the minorities. They could be right. But then again, they could be dead wrong too.
The point is, there is potential for both eventualities. Civil society, which has impressively demonstrated its power, strength and vigilance in recent years, ought to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. This is the only way to strengthen the foundation for a stable, prosperous future while at the same time remaining alert to spot the first signs of trouble and then swing into action to nip it in the bud. Hope is good, but complacence is a deadly sin that must be resisted at all cost.
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