AJIT PAWAR and RAJ THACKERAY,
TWO FACES OF PARTISANS
The volume of Ajit Pawar’s irrigation scam is as destructive as Raj Thackeray’s crude authoritarian and fatal for Maharashtra as well as the nation. The comparison between these two is important as well as inevitable in contemporary situation. Both are the nephews of heavy-weights originating from mafia dominated political culture. They are carrying this lineage forward.
Though senior Pawar’s and Thackeray’s followed mafia dominated, authoritarian culture their style and following was entirely different and so is the style of their followers. Unfortunately, nobody here is carrying forward the vision of development of Maharashtra and nation as well. Now it appears that the nephews (Pawar’s and Thackeray’s) are more destructive than their respective uncles. It is historically proved fact and it will come true again that those uncles were tragedy of Maharashtra and nephews are farce. This will be much more dangerous than the actual tragedy.
To begin with Ajit Pawar; the man who robbed money of development projects through corruption without any hesitation has developed unparallel style of corruption. Hundreds of contracts worth millions of dollar have been given to favorite mafia and anti-social contractors and siphoned the money again through corruption without doing any project, without constructing dams and using rowdy power of police, caste, muscle and corrupt bureaucracy. Ajit Pawar’s coterie is a bunch of feudal mafia’s without any vision or dream of development for land, state and people. If you see and investigate their style of functioning actually they are enemy of the people-partisans. The worst part of Pawar cult (senior, junior, sister, brother all inclusive) is they destroy any kind of ideology or institutional fabric of Maharashtra. Ajit Pawar’s signature accompanied by any Tom, Dick and Harry from his loyalists in his administration is enough to sanction million of dollars worth fraud projects. This in itself is a sign of complete demolition of institutional strength of the state. Senior Pawar (Sharad Pawar) had begun demoralization and demolition of democratic institutions in Maharashtra and Ajit Pawar has taken it upon himself to complete these satanic tasks. The horrific records of Ajit Pawar led style, corruption statement and his absolute undemocratic behavior describe and illustrate what senior Pawar had once dreamt has been achieved completely by his nephew. Very subtly and venomously Pawars’ used caste card in Maharashtra politics to destroy democratic institutions. Ajit Pawar, like his uncle developed a leadership of different rowdy, small-time mafia to lead caste based organizations. These organizations unite groups from administration, police, judiciary and intellectuals. This is like a termite within pillars of democracy which helps Ajit Pawar and his partners at every level; monetarily as well as professionally. Reward for these partisans is assured. The only condition is to be with Pawar’s Cosa Nastra.
After so much has been proved against Ajit Pawar and Pawar clan, nothing has happened legally or politically. It’s not just because they are in power or nobody is against them but this happens from within. The entire democratic institutional structure work in the interest of their family and Cosa Nastraand not for the state or welfare of people.
We the people of India pay tax and are government of India and we borrow money from world-wide organizations for development works. Ajit Pawar and his people siphoned this money in whole new black hole of demonic sin. The statement and style of Mr. Ajit Pawar shows his ethos, culture, life-style and value system which is absolutely undemocratic and anti-people. After the scams were unraveled Ajit Pawar resigned under pressure but came back to power immediately which shows now he and his family; his uncle Sharad Pawar are least bothered about morality, reverence to democratic institutions. Ajit Pawar then made a vulgar statement which was actually mockery of the people who were suffering at the hands of severe drought created by Ajit Pawar and his cosa nastra. Unfortunately this has larger repercussions on entire political system. Ajit Pawar made corruption legitimate and remained Chief-Minister. He is a symbol of his party as well as the ruling class. None the less he is one of the faces of current political Maharashtra. In a modus operandi he used to share his corrupt gains with opposition leaders which are now clearly in public domain. This is clearly indicating decay of whole political class which is symbolically led by Mr. Ajit Pawar.
In opposition a prominent young leader who is more or less centre of attraction for the youth of Maharashtra is Mr. Raj Thackeray. He represents the lineage of his uncle Balasaheb Thackeray and urban mafia and hooliganism. It has no ideology, or moral values or vision or dream to lead positive actions. Raj Thackeray is much more cunning and shrewd than his political opponents but objectively that is not the problem of the state or the people. He has a right to be cunning and shrewd in his political tactics. The real tragedy of the people who follow Raj Thackeray is he has no strategy or grand strategy to change the lives of the people whom he is using as raw material for creating his ‘Godfather’ image. He led a bunch of ambitious corrupt who were never ever concerned about common people’s lives or about the welfare of the state. Raj Thackeray actually wants to replace people like (not leader) Ajit Pawar without having any positive agenda or action lined up. His followers, coterie wants to accumulate power of any kind to accelerate corruption and imbibe fear of their kind. Even then they can buy a car from scrap dealer and burn it on road to show the world how they can create a riot like situation on their Godfather’s per say.
This is mockery of riots as they don’t have guts to sacrifice for their pseudo interests. Here the leadership percolates. It describes and illustrates the philosophy and ideology of Mr. Raj Thackeray. He wants to create a fashion statement of fear like his uncle in Mumbai and Maharashtra but his uncle was a tragedy of state and nephew is creating a perfect farce. In image making Mr. Raj Thackeray is miles ahead of Mr. Ajit Pawar and all other politicians of Maharashtra. He is absolutely fashion centric and least people centric. His charisma is neither political nor ideological but is based on hollow fear of freedom of youth of Maharashtra who are disillusioned by feudal mafia politics of Mr. Ajit Pawar and their family and their cosa nastra. Extortion, land grabbing, favoritism for builder lobby and contractors and no empathy for the junta are salient features of followers of both leaders of Ajit Pawar and Raj Thackeray. No thought about human life or human values has been added by both of these men (not leaders) so far. Either pulling crowd (Raj Thackeray) or pulling votes (Ajit Pawar and Sharad Pawar) or both is the destination of their ultimate dream. Subtly and openly both of them neither believe in democratic system or judicial system even if they are accused. Whatever they do is justice for them and their followers is a new rule of law for Maharashtra. Disastrously more or less everybody has accepted without any opposition or struggle till this date because whole state is divided in two types of people; either those who want to share dais with them or the people who are so pious that they are scared of them. Now significantly one thing we could see which lies beneath. Political parties are fading and only few men or/their groups of goons are ruling the state. Mr. Ajit Pawar and Mr. Raj Thackeray paradoxically represent this enmity with lives of people.
Many people look at Raj Thackeray as a promising leader of Maharashtra. The problem is he is not a symbol of any kind of revolution. He is actually accelerating existing degeneration of democratic institution and end of state of ideology. Whatever ‘power’ he has for e.g. to call film directors at his home to settle issues relating to film fraternity etc…etc… This is not actually a symbol of revolutionary, statesmen or serious diplomat. Mr. Raj Thackeray is happy with his larger than life image and larger than Ajit Pawar’s image too! This is so pathetic that these men, Raj Thackeray and Ajit Pawar cannot be even an issue of serious political debate, except TRP centric virtual worlds, forget their thoughts, policies and diplomacy. They don’t have policies for their constitutions. They cannot and would not change the lives of their own people. Our wildest tragedy is we are living in their time which is time of cerebral bankruptcy, rampant corruption and fear psychosis as political statement. Actually we should not ask any serious political questions to Mr. Ajit Pawar and Mr. Raj Thackeray. We should ask very serious questions to ourselves; are we so corrupt that these men and their coterie, their cosa nastra can become our alternate ‘leaders’ like their uncles to spoil forty more years and take us to new level of decay and doom or we deserve something else which is value based, democratic or seriously political, non-farcical and most important is HUMAN for We the people!
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Although these clips are not in English still these describe and illustrate the Irrigation scam in itself.
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