Dear Editor, Right and left wing politics is one of the most touted discourse after the abrogation of Article 370 and the passing of CAA. The genesis of right & left wing politics or factions is found in French Revolution where labours, workers, peasants sitting on the left side of the king came to be known as leftist and the nobels, priest on the right side as rightist. The political philosophy of leftist more associated with the theories of equality, liberty, social justice etc. sometime coincided with the socialist and the rightist having philosophy of upholding cultural, national identity with conservative touch. At the world level the growth of right wing populism is on rise from developing countries India, Brazil, China etc to developed US, UK etc. showing the tilt of democracy toward right. The reasons for this can be numerous. First can be the populist measures of right can be easily engraved in the minds of masses by using the state capabilities such as brandishing the defence capabilities, promoting xenophobic attitudes etc. acts of POTUS on tweets and Johnson elected on the mandate of BREXIT can easily be equated. Second, is the failure of leftist to achieve the very principles on which their philosophy resides i.e. equity. People are disillusioned from the economic policies of leftist due to the inequality, slow pace decision making or being more introvert during their regime the simple reason can be the appeasement of large section. Implementation of GST can be the best example. In this circumstance, rightist being more extrovert as they enjoy the support of majority. Third, coupled with many other causes globalization can be an another reason. Due to more integrated world order people are anxious about the losing of identity, resources by others which crept up in becoming xenophobic. One of the most horrific incidence can be the Chirstchurch attack. Several uprisings in north eastern India is also an example. The CAA which is seen as paradox of secularism is the current issue. The world heading towards rights populism have common qualities of ethocentricisim, xenophobia and other cultural prejudices will result in most inevitable outcome of terminating the ethical values and the most important can be the humanistic values which are seen in the state sponsor terrorism, genocides and many other past examples in India such as exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. In Indian context, we can’t imagine India without secularism. The land where most respected persons in world such as Swami Vivekananda, Kabir, Rumi, Gandhi, Maulana etc taught us their teachings and which blessed us with the one of the sui generis constitution with positive secular rights. The model of secularism, diversity helped the nation to unite whereas in our neighbours instances of curtailing diversity can be seen which resulted in their disintegration. The rightist and the leftist factions division and opting one can’t be the panacea of all problem but the intermixing of ethical values of both of them can be the so. Putting off the dust from Hegels dialect of thesis, antithesis and synthesis, the need is of synthesis of both. Laski’s view that no state can survive by dwarfing its own citizens in similar fashion no world can survive by dwarfing its inhabitants. The political factions must exist to maintain checks and balances but exceeding its powers and truncating ethical values can be served by stiff opposition. Therefore only the citizens are the one who can uphold these values by stifling us v/s they feelings. These values would cherish the very goal of ancient text of India i.e Vasudev Kutambakam. Nippun Gupta, Jammu.
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