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Published in the 1-15 Jan 2005 print edition of MG; send me the print edition

SPECIAL REPORT

Advani sees visions

By I K Shukla

Advani stridently harangued the BJP executive in its Ranchi huddle that BJP was the “chosen instrument of the Divine to take the country out of its present problems and to lofty all-round achievements.” He asserted his party’s Divine Right to rule India. Where did he get this messianic message from? His own hallucination, generally called “seeing visions”. It is deemed an unhealthy visitation, a pathological condition. It is a mental ailment ensuing from stress, graduating to delirium. Defeat, despondency, and desperation induce such pathetic impairment of the mental faculties. It is a condition to be pitied, a sickness crying for urgent attention and alleviation, if not instant cure. For, in this formulation, the Divine or God is reduced to being AdVani’s counselor, confidant, or caddy. Did the Divine or God agree to this denigration? No way of knowing except His beneficiary’s asseveration.

Iraq is the latest, not the last, of the victims of such visions. Much more than merely the Killer Squads of Idi Amin remind us of Gujarat and Hindu Fascists: those who had not supported the mad men were torched alive, state-spawned killer squads went on rampage all over, loot and loss amounted to thousands of crores, thievery and thuggery were declared divinely mandated, school children were forced to buy pictures/books of mad men and salute them if they passed by, stealthy rule by decree in defiance of the Constitution...

This was an astounding stance on many levels. Let us parse it. Present problems. AdVani and Co. have added massively to the ile. His cabal has shied away from the present. It has been routing its snout in the past and forcing the nation to regress into a fairyland of imaginary glories to facilitate its swindle spree. It has plunged India into the dark ages by its tribal truculence and terrorist regimen. Only so that it might distract the populace from its present problems, deflect clamor for their solution, allow it to polarize the nation communally, and approve its destruction of social harmony. Multiplying the misery of the common man and making the diurnal existence of the citizenry a nightmare and a hell – this, for Hindu theofascists, is “lofty all-round achievements”.

India had never seen so much all round degradation, massive crime, humongous corruption, social anomie, and pandemic violence as under the predatory and lawless BJP-NDA rule. It was an extensively consuming horror - endless, monumental, and staggering. But India rejected this criminal gangsterism steeped in hate and violence as inhuman and alien, as a throwback to primitive barbarism, as unworthy of a nation and a culture. And, AdVani has the gumption to pledge that he would ram this ignominy down India’s throat again, disfiguring and degrading it for ever! This is nothing but the rejected man’s and the routed party’s vendetta against a nation. He and BJP must be reined in.

Demagogically, AdVani was damn serious, as is his theatrical wont, essential to a rabble rouser. It was a pep talk to his acolytes, his fascist-terrorist herd, as also a declaration of intent: religion (read: Hindu Fascism) will override the Constitution, it will run the writ of the state, unchallenged, unrivalled. That is, politics, henceforward monopolized by Hindu Fascism, will be totally regimented, exclusionary, monochromatic, univalent, and irrevocably tribal, all in the name of a fanatical cult notorious as Hindutva, less charitably as HinduTaliban. Democracy (i. e., secularism, pluralism, and egalitarianism) will not be allowed to come in between the Divine/God and his trident-wielding satraps. This is a stern but timely warning to challengers and rivals from various political parties. More meaningfully, this is a rallying call to the party faithful to strive for something spectacular however sordid or sanguinary. Sensation and spectacle sustain their fervor.

Sordid and sanguinary. Let us look at just a few of those who were similarly divinely driven. One was a cannibal who too saw visions, claimed a mandate from God and held the mile-long title of His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal, Al Hadji Doctor, General Idi Amin Dada Oumee, Heavyweight Boxer Champion, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of the Beasts of Earth and Fishes of the Sea, King of Scotland, and Conqueror of British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. He ordered the murder of 100,000 to 500,000 people. “Amin set (his victims’) disembodied heads around the presidential dining table, scolding them for not supporting him, and taking bites of their flesh.” He established “killer squads” to hunt down Milton Obote’s supporters and much of intelligentsia. Kept in freezer human flesh for his meals. Asylum in Saudi Arabia.
Deborah Hayden in her book Pox: Genius, Madness and the Mysteries of Syphilis attributes his “visions”, divine inspirations and mandates, to neurosyphilis. He had multiple wives, was wracked by chronic sexual ailments.
Another traitor and corrupt monster was Mobutu. “In 1970 he renamed Congo as Zaire, and ordered all places and people to take African names. He renamed himself Mobutu Sese Seke Kuka wa za Banga, i. e.,”The all powerful warrior, who because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, will go from conquest to conquest leaving fire in his wake.” Congo could never recover from the devastation he wrought. Stole $5 billion from his nation, lived and died as an exile in Paris. His vision was his o-called will.

Another savage was Jean-Bedel Bokassa who ruled Central African Republic/Empire for 13 years. Thought he was the modern Napoleon. Spent in his poor country $22 million on his 1977 coronation as Emperor, one fourth of the national revenue. He massacred school children who protested paying for uniforms with his picture. Destroyed the constitution. Ruled by decree. Assumed the title of Salah Eddine Ahmed. Converted to Islam. Reverted to Catholicism. Had 17 wives and 50 children. He too claimed he was divinely counseled. Asylum in Saudi Arabia.

With God on their side, the monsters can launch their carnage with impunity to the outrage of us all. Iraq is the latest, not the last, of the victims of such visions. Much more than merely the Killer Squads of Idi Amin remind us of Gujarat and Hindu Fascists: those who had not supported the mad men were torched alive, state-spawned killer squads went on rampage all over, loot and loss amounted to thousands of crores, thievery and thuggery were declared divinely mandated, school children were forced to buy pictures/books of mad men and salute them if they passed by, stealthy rule by decree in defiance of the Constitution, and describing political opponents as aasuri (diabolic), etc.

The same rabid mindset, the same ideological frenzy, the same primitive savagery defying history and deriding democracy, demoniacally driving the Hindu Terrorists, cannot but bring about the same results in India as hinted above: demolition of a culture and society, destruction of a people and their autonomy, despoliation of the land’s riches and military interventions by foreigners. It is these threats that stamp the saffronazis as the ace enemies of India depriving it of a future. It is these threats that call for their outfits to be stamped out, no relics left. Before they consign the nation to fire, it is advisable that they be consigned to oblivion. 
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