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Krishna Kumar Singh, also known among friend circles KK and among close relative Krishna; Matriculation from Mithila High School Balour, Darbhanga in 1959, Graduated in Political Science Honours from C M College, Darbhanga, Bihar University in 1963; Joined post-graduate in Political Science the same year but dropped; joined Naxal movement under Charu Mazumdar, Kanu Sanyal, Satya Narayan Singh and Umadhar Singh in between but circumstances compelled to join literary work, clerk, proof readers etc in different publishing houses for livelihood; Finally joined journalism as career in different English newspapers and before my retirement from active journalism, I worked in The Times of India for about 19 years and retired as Chief Reporter  a few years back; continuing in journalism-reading more and more, writing more and more and praying to Almighty more and more-currently writing for different national English and Hindi dailies and magazines..

Sunday, 6 November 2011

OLIGARCHY-INDIAN STATE?

We have democracy. India is state or nation or country being governed in the name of so called democratic, socialist , secular Republic parliamentary system under a well defined Constitution. But elections come and go.We exercise our franchise in the successive general elections.But the country is being governed in successive years not by politicians and political classes, we choose but by an microscopic enlightened people, acquiring huge wealth and control over every things including natural resources of the country.Over 80 percent of population of the country of over 120 crore in India have hardly tasted the power in the last over 60 years of the inception of country.Inequality has widened in  menacing proportions in India. Entire wealth have been accumulated in the hands of less than 20 percent people like capitalists, industrialists, corporates, brokers, political class of almost all hues except left parties' politicians.Even the natural resources like forest, water, land etc have come under the control of these sections of people.Fundamental laws land for landless remained on paper only in India!
Many people may have different opinions over the widening gap between few wealthy people, influencing the democratic system in India and ocean of vast population, leading miserable life throughout the country! Some enlightened people of United States, which is also inflicted of such  scenarioo attribute such problem between wide gaps of educated and non-educated in that country. I strongly feel that it is not such that at least in India. Here is growing income disparities between few wealthy and majority of poverty-ridden people.
When we look the entire scenario in India, it is evidently cleared that in our society money are being increasingly concentrated in the hands of few people-hence the gap between equality and inequality is getting wider gradually.Mainly because of such economic imbalances, general masses, numbering over 80 percent of population in India, only manages their things by earning less than Rs 25 a day each! There have been sharp decline in the earnings of lower and middle classes.
Remarkably it is only because of that agitation, dharnans, protests, crimes and criminal activities, naxalites' activities, fight for justice and equalu rights etc, enshrined in the Indian Constitution, have become order of the day throughout India. Hardly a day passes when such things do not happen from east to west and north to south in India. Mainly Maoists are waging relentless war to protest atrocity on poor and tribal, who are being uprooted from jungles, their lands and houses in different parts of the country in the name of industrialising the country, ignoring economic condition of poor and ecological balances.Such situations could be compared with different political upheavals in European , Middle East and other Arabian countries in the globe in recent years. Recent movement in America to occupy Wall Street  and other vital installations in America as well as few month's back protest agitation in Great Britain, mainly because of non-availability employment in that country. Such movements may be usual for advanced countries like US and European countries because they are considered high class society where educated and rich people  are doing well and capitalists are churning economy for getting more and more richer.
But when we think of India, such scenario is ominous signal for the parliamentary democracy and people are in majority illiterate. Time is not so far there may be mobocracy in India taking into account the sufferings of majority of perople and existence of the country may be jeopardised. Indian political system is entirely being influenced by wealthy people. Successive ruling  class appear helpless in tackling the deteriorating situation because of corruption have entrenched their body politico! All these ills have  are being reflected in India since the country's ruling elites have shifted to new economic policy of liberalisation from early 1980s by ignoring socialistic pattern of society for the welfare of the people of the country. Gradually wide gap between rich and poor is growing rapidly in India. Political system is being influenced by big money wallah. And they have corrupted the whole system, particularly of political class and bureaucracy!
Before I conclude my piece on oligarchy -Indian state, I must quote Paul Krugman, a nenowned and Nobel Laureate Economist of America,who has in a recent article in the context of US economy in New York Times said, "But why does this growing concentration of income and wealth in a few hands matter? Part of answer is that rising inequality has meant a nation which most families do not share fully in economic growth. Another part of the answer is that once you realise just how much richer the rich have become, the argument that higher taxes on high income should be part of long run budget deal becomes a lot more compelling-------.The larger answer , however, is that extreme concentration of income in incompatible  with real democracy-the whole nature of our society is at stake."
Just we can also put such perspective or paradigm shift in Indian context also?

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