The recent success of Trinamool Congress in civic elections in west Bengal is a good sign for Indian democracy and signals the resurrection of Bengali Nationalism
The power hungry ruling class , the greedy corporate and the business minded media in India have a common habit of chanting a mantra called National Integration. Although they have a successful run in deviating the Indian democracy in an anti people and pro rich pattern, people are increasingly aware of their designs and are waking up. The emergence of Trinamool Congress, a political party led by Mamata Banerjee for the Bengali people is significant in the context of integration of various nationalities in India.
India is a subcontinent but is united and governed as a single country due to the integration of land achieved by the British empire. Hindu religion is shown as a common link among the people from Kashmir to Kanyakumari for majority of the people. This religion itself is pluralistic and is a conglomeration of many gods, sub religions, philosophies, rituals etc. After independence achieved in 1947 India constituted itself as a union of Linguistic states by its own compulsions.
The Indian National Congress is the only political party which ruled India as a single party for many decades. Once they lost the respect gained through their role in freedom struggle, Indian people experimented with coalition Governments of many regional and National parties. In fact the so called National parties cannot show their presence at now in more than half of the states.
Indian democracy is still in evolution stage and is coming of age in this era of information. If Mamata Banerjee becomes the chief Minister of West Bengal in the assembly election to be held next year, she will usher in another experiment of coalition of regional parties in the next Parliamentary elections. This is a historical compulsion.
There are two nationalities which suffered due to partition of India. The Punjabis and Bengalis. The land of Punjabis and Bengalis were divided among Pakistan and India. The division due to religion went against Punjabi Nationalism and Bengali Nationalism in favor of Hindi Nationalism falsely named as Indian Nationalism. Tamil is another nationality which shows its presence beyond the boundaries of India but they were compelled to fight a language war within India against Hindi nationalists in the independent India.
Akali Dal of Punjab tried to regain the Punjabi National pride which went to the extent of a demand for a separate state for Sikhs again based on religion. This demand faded way since Sikhs are seen in many walks of life in many states and they have become inseparable from others politically and economically. In fact Tamils, Malayalis, Telugus, Kannadigas, Bengalis, Assamese and every Non Hindi person shall become inseparable and shall have to depend on one another in sharing the natural and human resources. That will be the true India achieved through mutual respect and benefit and not through the pseudo integration brought by Hindu religion or by Hindi language or by singing Vande Mataram or by construction of temple for war lord Ram.
Bengalis in Pakistan achieved their own country, Bangladesh, due to the foolish Pakistani polity going against the democratic norms. Bengalis in India are considered as liberal, intellectual with their own unique qualities. They were attracted towards the idealistic basis of Marxism and for many decades they have enslaved themselves to Communist Party of India ( Marxist) . Now they have started to realize the failure of CPI(M). And the Congress Party has failed to capture the vacuum. This is good. Mamata Madam may become another Indira Gandhi or Jayalalitha or Mayawati in her style of functioning. But what matters most is that she will be a regional leader and shall help to build a true federation of Indian states.
Let us welcome the future phenomena with the following parties.
Kashmir – National Conference
Punjab- Akali Dal
UP – BSP, SP
Bihar – JD(U), RJD
Sikkim – Sikkim Democratic Front
Mizoram – Mizo National Front Manipur- MSCP
Orissa – BJD
Chattisgarh – Gondwana Party
Telengana – TRS
Tamil Nadu – DMK, AIADMK, MDMK, DMDK, PMK
Karnataka – JD (S)
Maharashtra – MNS, SS, NCP
Goa- United Goans Democratic Party
The rest of the states missing in the above list shall fall in line in electing their own political formations if the current trend spread to other states. We should be ready to bid farewell to INC, BJP, CPI(M) in the next few decades. This is our vision for shaping a true democracy in India and equitable comprehensive development of the people.