Too early to talk
Every now and then an article appears by columnists on describing the ongoing conflict between left and right in the social sector as well as in universities and other democratic institutions
Some articles are a passionate expression of feelings with an advice for a sane dialogue between different ideologies and beliefs.
The writers seem to have little direct knowledge of how vicious battles are fought between power hungry contenders & to negotiate between such clashing sides. All they are doing is using these events to vent their ‘feelings’.
A colder& less emotionally involved look is therefore important:
The events we are witnessing are not a battle for freedom of expression & tolerance.
The ongoing conflict is a battle for controlling the structures of power. On one side are people, inside forts, determined to retain their hold, and on the outside, are those who want to wrest control. Expecting a discussion is naive This is a fight between two factions, fueled by greed for power, money, and the trappings it brings. It is not a battle of ideas . Ideas are only being employed as weapons.
Political party cadre traditionally have had access to the spoils of war. Which is why it is the cadre which is at the forefront of all such battles. There are those, who are less obvious in their politics, but are closely networked and plugged in to the power hierarchy. They too will fight albeit surreptitiously.
‘The idea of India’ is not at stake. At stake is; control over the Bureaucracy, Police,Military, Institutions of learning, Corporate houses, State &International Funding etc, through which money, influence, power, and pleasures are acquired.
This conflict will get more bloody minded, down and dirty and ‘anything goes’ will be employed righteously by both sides.
At this point of time, lectures on being ‘nice and talk it out’ will not help. This battle will rage for some time. It is only after some of the spoils are re-distributed, will the two sides begin to see any sense in having a conversation. That’s not happening anytime soon.
To those who are in politics and are a part of the political cadre, just go for it! There are returns.
But those who are not, don’t froth too much and don’t mess up your heads over this battle. Most of all, don’t become cannon fodder.