Why I call myself a center leftist?
To understand what center-leftist is we have to first understand who is a leftist person? Leftist in a very basic sense can be defined as a person who is more likely to see flaws in the current system than its achievements. The exact opposite definition is of a rightist person. If we say extreme leftist lies on 0.0 and extreme rightist lies on 1.0, then center-leftist a person who is more close to 0.5 than 0.0. Maybe a 0.4 guy. Though the definition of Leftist differs from countries to countries and eras to eras, but we will take this fundamental definition for this article and base my views on that.
Left-wing ideologies support social-equality and have a soft-heart concern for those disadvantaged due to the system. They are often referred to as anti-development, non-radicals, Naxalites, terrorists, anti-national and opposition favoring. Though I don’t agree with this way leftists are often perceived as. I am here to tell you that finding faults in the system is completely okay, and must be highly appreciated though it is never the case in reality.
Some reasons why it is totally okay to ask some harsh questions from the regime are:
1. India is a representative democracy. We elect our representatives to the government. They, in a very fundamental way, are accountable to the people, and hence we can raise the questions.
2. It is very patriotic. Sometimes, if we do not ask questions, the government might knowingly or unknowingly take actions which are against many people’s will. It’s kind of patriotic if our questions can stop or change such actions, we will be more patriotic to the country in a way.
3. In general, the government is evil. The politicians forming it are also evil with their sole purpose being voted again to power. By asking tough questions until we get the answer helps us in choosing the right representatives for us. Without questions, the system will not equalize and often the most marginalized suffer.
4. We act as breaks to the car with only an accelerator. This is quite significant in today’s scenario where the ‘Bhakts’ are a huge accelerating force for the government car, without us, it might win short races but at the turns, it will collide badly to a standing tree.
5. With questions, one-man decisions, nepotism, corruption, social equality are all checked and hence the country improves more and more. We don’t want emergencies or dictatorship just like dozens of countries have suffered earlier when they did not question the supreme leader.
6. There is a difference between being anti-national and being anti-government. And the argument should not end at ‘Rahul ko jitado, dekh lenge wo kya kar paega’.
And now where do I lie in the triangle of capitalism, socialism, and communism? The answer is, I don’t lie in any of the three extremes. What I believe is, in today’s fast growing world, capitalism is the natural way companies are following. For a country like India, where so many people are poor, the government must follow a little socialistic ideals at least in its thoughts. As enabled people, we must have a soft corner for the not-so-enabled people, we must promote socialism values in our education culture. I don’t support giving money to poor people, but enabling them to be skillfully educated over the cliche arts, science, and commerce courses. But, I support the opening of MSMEs over giants. I support shopping local over making many more unicorns and multi-unicorns.
And how else can I not say about the ongoing elections, I am just comparing parties from today. The main two central parties are Congress and BJP. As per my judgment, Congress is a little socialistic while BJP is a capitalistic party in its principles. So does it mean I support Congress over BJP right now? Hell no. Call it my hypocrisy. But I don’t believe in the vision as well as the capabilities of the probable Prime Minister they are offering. And talking about the current regime, I am not a Bhakt either. Many of their policies have been horrific to the country, and I will question that. As a citizen, my right is to question the government and not the opposition.
Yes, I will criticize it for badly implemented Demonetization.
Yes, I will criticize it for the SC/ST act.
Yes, I will criticize it for the not so inclusive growth.
Yes, I will criticize it for defending the rapists.
Yes, I will criticize it for making nationalism and religion an issue over development.
Yes, I will criticize it for robbing the independent institutions off the power.
Yes, I will criticize it for the various loan defaulters escapes.
Yes, I will criticize the PM for the hundreds of lies he told.
But, I will support it for,
Good maintenance of the economy.
GDP growth and inflation rates.
Stronger army and better world PR.
Triple Talaq and other women schemes.
Ayushman Bharat and other schemes for the poor.
EBC 10% reservation.
Mudra Yojana and other business supports.
I am a center-leftist-center-socialist, a little leaning against today’s and tomorrow’s highly capitalistic society which exploits the economically weak. I don’t like the evaluation of a human according to his wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance. And I am determined to influence a wave in the public against the evils of the current system. The change will happen by the public’s perception and not the government’s policies. The change will happen when we will buy from the poor instead of the MNCs.
Long live the thought revolution.