Prof. Suresh ChanderDislodging of an elected Government by opposition, through agitations, mass movements etc. is a legitimate activity of the opposition in a democracy. But in India that role has been taken over by non political parties with political parties as side characters. CAA and now Kisan agitation seem to be local and spontaneous outbursts of the citizens. Many organisations and individuals lent their support in good faith without analysing the consequences of these protests. Younger generation with starry eyes have their own reasons to support these protests. Young minds take time to evolve and are willing to experiment and learn provided there is an echo system for their learning process.Earlier, the youngsters had communist and socialist platforms for their intellectual yearnings, but their eclipse due to their own follies has deprived the youth from articulating their anger and understanding the realities of their surroundings and people. RSS was and remains another platform for the youth but it failed to cater to the needs of the class mentioned earlier. The restlessness of the young minds need a medium for articulation of their expression. As the saying goes: nature abhors a vacuum.So how this void is filled is a question mark in every society; and is not India specific. Religion is one such instrument that has been effectively used in liberal countries of North Africa and Iraq where there was no safety valve to provide vent to the popular dissent. India is a different society that allows dissent but the platforms slowly either withered away or became too narrow for a population that has grown many times over since earlier years of the republic. There are instances when the state also provides the platform for their expression. It is said that Indira Gandhi wanted the communists to be confined to one place rather than scattered at many places and co-opted persons like Mohan Kumaramangalam and Saiyid Nurul Hasan besides many others. JNU was another institution to limit their activities. Most of the time events don’t follow the script. A mechanism was evolved for admissions to JNU for budding leftist young minds. The emergence of Kanahyias is not an overnight phenomenon but is a product of a process well thought out or otherwise fall out of the right environment provided by the portals of JNU.In the meantime, another platform matured to cater to the so-called liberal left. It is nourished by people like George Soros, Hungarian-born American financier, author, philanthropist, and activist whose success as an investor made him one of wealthiest men in the world. He was also known as a powerful and influential supporter of liberal social causes. His philanthropic organisation Open Society Foundations supports freedom and democracy initiatives in over 100 countries around the world with an aim to overthrow legitimate elected governments. The people with left liberal ideas were used to be persons of moderate means. They now use a capitalist system of acquiring wealth to beat the very system. Many left liberals are said to be billionaires. They on their own can’t win elections so they use ‘Rules for Radicals’: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals is a book by community activist and writer Saul D. Alinsky about how to successfully run a movement for change.Divided into ten chapters, Rules for Radicals provides ten lessons on how a community organiser can accomplish the goal of successfully uniting people into an active grassroots organisation with the power to effect change on a variety of issues.Alinsky used symbol construction and non-violent conflict to create a structured organisation with a clearly defined goal that could take direct action against a common enemy.The Rules for radicals are:
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