Long live Indian Democracy
Prem K. Chumber
Editor-in-Chief: Ambedkar Times & Desh Doaba
Freedom of expression is the soul of democracy. Any country which fails to protect and guarantee freedom of press and unrestricted expression of the opinions of its citizens fails to claims any credibility on account of its being a democratic governance system. It is known to all students of Indian freedom struggle that its central concern to begin with the emergence of Bengal renaissance was the demand for freedom of the press. Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the father of modern Indian political thought, was perhaps the first one to raise this demand for the freedom of India. In independent India, the freedom of the press and free expression was denied during the emergency. For that the Indian National Congress had to pay very heavily. Since then no Indian government could dare to gag the freedom of the press. But over the last few years, some partisan groups for reasons best known to them have been indulging in extreme form of violence to stifle the rational and anti-communal stance of some of the pro-democracy journalists who were courageously challenging the fundamentalist and obscurantalist forces that are hell went on destroying the multicultural texture of one of the oldest and largest democracies in the world - India. Dabholkar, Pansare, Kulburgi and now Gauri all of them who used to articulate boldly the rational and secular contents of the rich democratic and multicultural values across the religions, regions and languages of the vast socio-religious and culturally variegated Indian democracy, were brutally killed by fascists and communally rabid fundamentalist forces for never to be achieved their ugly goal of Saffron India. The real identity of India lies in its inclusive social order where the persecuted ethnic groups from different parts of the world, as reiterated by Swami Vivekananda Ji on 9/11, 1893 in the United States of America, were not only welcomed happily but also allowed to flourish as they wish to.
Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's brilliant articulations on social democracy giving life to equality, liberty, fraternity sum up the essence of the theory and praxis of democracy. He often referred to the need of inculcating the values and principles of social cohesiveness among the diverse sections of the Indian society. One who will try to put an end to such a rich and deeply cultivated culture of multicultural and communitarian tradition would face the combined might of all the egalitarian and democratic forces of the all-inclusive Indian society. Long live the multicultural and communitarian social tradition of the rich social democratic set up of India and its illustrious record of continuous electoral processes since independence. Down with anti-Indian democratic and communal-facists forces. Posted at www.ambedkartimes.com on September 11, 2017