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Fear rules country today, claims Chidambaram

New Delhi: Fear regulations the country these days and there's a danger that the Constitution can be replaced via a record impressed via Hindutva, claims senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

The former Union minister of finance and residential says this scenario would be the finish of the 'concept of India' given to us via the founding fathers, adding, to revive that idea will require nothing lower than another freedom struggle and another Mahatma Gandhi.

He makes those feedback in his new e book "Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India", a number of his essays published final year.

According to the Rajya Sabha member, an financial system derailed may also be put back at the rails and a society divided may also be healed and united but one thing cannot be fastened whether it is damaged, and that is the Constitution and the constitutional values embodied in that record.

At provide, each value of the Constitution is underneath attack - freedom, equality, liberalism, secularism, privacy, medical mood, and so forth., he says.

"There is a clear and present danger that the Constitution of India will be replaced by a document that will be inspired by an ideology called Hindutva. That will be the end of the 'idea of India' given to us by the founding fathers; and to restore that idea will require nothing less than another freedom struggle and another Mahatma," he writes in the creation of the e book, introduced out via Rupa Publications.

"I have no hesitation in saying that, today, fear rules India. Every individual lives in fear - fear of the neighbour, fear of self-styled moral brigades, fear of the law applied with an evil mind and unequal hand and, above all, fear of the snooping Indian State," he is going on to say.

For reclaiming freedom, fear should be pushed away, he says, adding it's not a very easy task, but we can't surrender.

"Average citizens have summoned the courage to push back against a State in by-elections and elections to State legislatures; however, the task is unfinished, and it must be accomplished in the next hundred days. We have to carry on, undaunted, until we complete the task," he writes.

Former vice-president Hamid Ansari has written the e book's foreword during which he talks about the efficacy of establishments and cites few examples.

"If the Budget is passed without scrutiny and debate via the Parliament; and if essential items of law are recommended irrespective of standing committees or make a selection committees, then it's evident that the Parliament because the designated legislative establishment isn't doing its responsibility and the federal government of the day is failing in its primary responsibility.

"The similar holds for several other establishments. Some have imploded, others have faltered on their essential functions. Still others have succumbed to backdoor keep an eye on. Together they elevate doubts in the public thoughts and undermine the confidence essential in a normal, open, device," Ansari writes.

He additionally rues that an ideological deviation, mindful and unabashedly public, undermines the core values of the Constitution, differentiates between voters on grounds of faith, seeks to impose a single cultural denominator to homogenise a plural society, and undermines secularism and the main of fraternity.

The essays in the e book, which can be introduced on Friday, chronicle the events that happened in 2018. They are grouped, subject-wise, into sections and arranged chronologically inside each phase.

According to Chidambaram, although the BJP considers all Opposition politicians as political enemies, he does now not regard the BJP as foe.

"To me, this can be a political party that is at the excessive proper of Indian politics and it's for the folks of India to just accept or reject the party," he says.

He additionally says that miracles can have been performed with the type of majority that the BJP got on its own (282) and with its allies (336) in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014.

"Indeed, Mr Narendra Modi began with a bang. If he ends his term with a whimper, he has no one responsible excluding himself," Chidambaram writes. PTI GSN

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