The National Advisory Council-a super Parliament-and a negation of democracy

May 23, 2011 at 11:09 am 6 comments

The National Advisory Council-a super Parliament-and a negation of democracy

The news is that the National Advisory Council has drafted a Communal Violence Bill with the purpose of presenting it in Parliament and getting it passed. This does not auger well for democracy because the whole premise of the NAC is anti-democracy. The NAC has bypasses democratic institutions and is acting as a super Parliament. The intentions of the NAC are questionable because it cannot supersede the Parliament.

By the way what is the NAC? Who constituted it and why? Where does the NAC fit into a democracy? At best if one sincerely and honestly answers these questions it can be a Mrs Sonia Gandhi club over which she presides for her own vested interest.

It is a conglomeration of NGO members-handpicked by Mrs Sonia Gandhi.Their qualification being they are pro Congress-to be specific pro Sonia Gandhi and anti Modi. Their credentials are bashing Modi-enjoying enormous clout both political and social-unaccountable to the people and of course drawing vast foreign funds. These are mostly NGOs who are also spokespersons of the foreign funding agencies and hence they speak and act according to the wishes of the donors. Here lies the catch. Where does such a body fit into a democracy? This is indirect interference in the affairs of the country by foreign countries.

Right from day one Mrs Sonia Gandhi has been bypassing democratic institutions and violating democratic norms. The first and most significant of her actions was to handpick the Prime minister. The PM himself is not an elected member of the Lok Sabha but had to come through the backdoor –namely the Rajya Sabha. This does not indicate a vibrant democracy. The PM must be elected by the people-he should face the electorate and he must be a Lok Sabha member. This is a basic democratic norm.

The Parliament is the forum to introduce legislations and to work out strategies for the country’s development. It is also called upon to prioritize the needs of the people-to reflect the aspirations of the people whom it represents. All this is swept under the carpet and the Parliament has become more an ornament and a show piece to show cause that we have a democracy. This has been a subtle vicious subversion of democracy by the UPA. Mrs Sonia Gandhi is an MP and whatever she wants to highlight she can in Parliament then  where is the need for her to gather a group of ‘yes’ men and women –consolidate a coterie and create a super Parliament called the NAC meant to advise the government. Pray then why have we ministries and the various departments attached to them.

The National Advisory Council whose members are selected and appointed by Mrs Sonia Gandhi can at best be her private friends and well wishers. It cannot be given the mandate to draft crucial Bills and prioritize the needs of the nation. It can be a public forum to debate and create awareness as all the public can on important issues. There its utility and value stops. A cursory scrutiny of the members reveals the tilt and the danger that lurks within  the NAC.

Persons like Asgar Ali Engineer who simply speaks always not facts by cooks up facts because he speaks Harsh Mander who is the Modi basher and is hence qualified to be in the NAC are but two names that stick out and indicate the tenor and tone of the NAC. It is this NAC which has brought the Food Security Bill this again because Mrs Sonia Gandhi-the memsabih feels that hunger has not been targeted.So then why not find ways and means to target hunger? What is the Below the Poverty Line Numbers of the Planning Commission indicate if not the numbers with hungry stomachs? It has to have the sheen of Mrs Sonia Gandhi because she and her son can go to the electorate showing how because of their intervention hunger has been targeted. It is cheap gimmicks at best

It is in this back ground that the Prevention of communal and targeted Violence Bill be viewed. The intent is flawed-it is biased nay it is dangerous because it is the first step towards Emergency. Banish all non-Congress governments is the main intent .For this a camouflage of communal violence must be spread. Then the ground be cleared for the NGOs-the saviours of democracy to step in and demand the State government to be made accountable for the graves with burned bodies-though such does not exist use the most despicable method of making women the armor and scream that women are stripped and raped-which they alone know and are aware of -children killed-bodies heaped and burned-men missing these and more. But first create a mirage of riot. Towards this gathers a few rioters which is not difficult. The setting is well centre staged and the demand for the Center’s intervention becomes hoarse and shrill. The Centre in the meantime will be equipped with Article 355 to intervene.

Everything is stage planned. The Centre need not make the State Raj Bhavans as its local Congress office.Teesta Setalvad,Harsh Mandir are there to lead the orchestra-‘dismiss the anti-people government. It is easy for the Governor to perform his/her preemptory task of filing a report to the President .The shriek voices have already reached the Rastrapathi Bhavan-and the ultimate happens-the State Government is dismissed and Art 356 is clamped. So one has to draw up the whole plan of the scheming NAC and how it works for the Congress to impose President’s rule. This will happen only in non Congress States that is for certain.

Now one must look into the riots and the rioting. The population is already entrenched in divisive politics. People are all divided under religion, and caste. So even if five persons assemble and create a ruckus it can be a riot between one community against the other because there will be three from one community and two from another. Similarly fences have been well set and ghettos structured keeping people within these. One religion against the other-a small street corner fight can be escalated as a riot in no time and like wild fire it will spread. The champions of Communal harmony will see how the Minority communities are intimidated, threatened, tortured and killed and burned. Such allegations though false will be sweet to the donor countries of the NGOs and Madam Sonia Gandhi becomes the fighting archangel to defend these minority communities. The one and only person to understand the needs of the minorities and the starvation lot is Mrs Sonia is made to look so. Intentions do not make the goal. All these years of Congress regime what has she and her son been doing? The NAC had only to let loose a few of their foot soldiers in the name of protecting the minorities and then things will take its own course.Let Mrs Sonia Gandhi not forget that she and the family cannot get washed clean of the Sikh riots-the genocide of 30,000 Sikhs across the country.And yet it the Gujarat riots which Mrs Sonia-her son and the NAC is obsessed with.

The Bill against Communal and Sectarian Violence sounds good and looks innocent but under its wraps is a danger-the most dangerous weapon to strike at democracy. It is like the Emergency that the NAC is working at. The sooner the people realize this the better and the sooner the Members of Parliament realize that they are being side stepped and demolished-and Parliament is being threatened so sooner they need to take up this issue in all seriousness and dismantle the NAC. Parliament is supreme and it alone can introduce debate-draft what is needed for the people. They alone can represent the people’s needs and demand redressals. The PM has his ministers to advise him according to the area of need-of late it has always been the appointment of a group of Empowered ministers-that have to be engaged in some dynamics of discussing, advising and exchanging dossiers.

Why should we have a selected and appointed forum to supersede Parliament-to advise the PM? This is a disgrace and a blur on democracy. May be this NAC can also have an appendage-a group of rioters to let loose when the need arises……..

Down with the National Advisory Council-a threat and a violation of democracy.

Dr Mrs Hilda Raja,

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  • 2. Ram  |  May 24, 2011 at 9:23 am


    Great analysis as usual.

    Gandhi surname has become ancestral property of congress party and it is a binding force for them. Without Gandhi’s name, congress will be decimated in notime. The members of UPA are also aware of this. Therefore, SG exploits the same to her advantage and enjoying full power without any accountability and responsibility. I wish somebody will file PIL on this. If congress’ right thinking people start asking questions and think objectively, then it will be good for congress and democracy. That party has never followed any democratic principles since inception. One can see from history, Subhash Chandra Bose was removed from the party without any substantial reason. If Mahatma Gandhi was impartial enough and allowed Patel to become PM instead of Nehru, then India would have been different today and we would not have faced any communal tension. The communal problem is gifted by congress for their survival. In fact, congress is following vote bank politics and is not allowing muslim brethren to come up in life. Unfortunately, our muslim brethren are not understanding this misdeed.

    There may be a possible solution if and only if, we ban all foreign donations and grants with immediate effect and bring all NGOs under one roof and make them accountable, than 50% of the NGOs will vanish. In my opinion, these NGOs are milking other countries to get money. Thanks once again for this post.


    • 3. hilda raja  |  May 25, 2011 at 9:04 am

      thank you Ram-I too believe that the NGOs are milking the foreign countries but then why are the foreign countries interested in India-is it for the love of the Indians or have they some other motive.Through thes NGOs they find easily accesibility to the government and now directly they extend support to the Congress-specifically to Mrs Sonia Gandhi.If the foreign flow of funds are banned everything will evaporate including this women’s rights and dalit champions.Long ago I had written to Mrs INDIRA GANDHI on the flow of foreign funds.vENKATARAM was then the Finance Minister-she directed the letter to him and acknowledged the same.As long as foriegh funds flow we will have poverty,women oppression and dalit disrimination ever on the rise…
      Thank you for your sound input.

  • 4. sg  |  June 6, 2011 at 5:48 am

    why blame the congress when the bjp is doing nothing to stop this blatant use of power. why does it seem there is a tactic support being offered by the leaders of the bjp i.e. vajpayee and the rest over the last few years and even when they were in power. instead of breaking their back and speeding up the corruption cases against the family it actually went slow. as much as a lot of people would like to see a modi on the front, but supporters of the bjp need to be asking these questions about the first family and their status in india and how they get away with just about anything. and why such preveladges. after the ltte which according to may was never a real threat to sonia why all the security and housing.

  • 5. lalit kumar singhania  |  June 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I feel it is unfortunate that the people get divided in BJP, UPA, Hindu or Muslim, Thakur or Brahmin etc. There are only two race the exploiters and exploitees. The exploiters are very smart, they manage the division within the exploiteees and they continue to exploit together; A very good momentum launched in the country is just loosing it’s momentum only for such reasons. The huge amount of the Black Money lodged by the corrupt people is no more an issue. The issue has become that this is an issue raised by the BJP or RSS??. It is unfortunate when the people of this Nation will realise that the BJP. RSS. Muslims. Hindu and all others are amongst those Indians who are exploited and are being expolited? Then what is wrong if a Hindu raises voice against the exploitation of a Muslim or vis a versa. The failure of Pakistan should be a lesson to all the Fanatics either Hindu or Muslim, That the country does not run in the name of religion?

  • 6. Vikramjit Banerjee  |  June 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Dear Mrs. Raja,
    Can we publish your article in our magazine “Nyayapravah” published by our organisation Adhivakta Parishad ?… Vikramjit Banerjee , member of the Editorial Board .


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