Yesterday, the Indian judiciary delivered the following judgement:
Who ordered this cess? The judiciary! Who decided the amount of this cess? The judiciary. Now, I could be wrong, but this seems to be the first time the judiciary has grabbed a core legislative function and imposed a direct tax on the public.
NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.
This was the slogan raised by Americans against the British King-Emperor. And it ushered in everything that is sacred to the modern state: representative government, protection of individual liberties and so on… You know, the greatest advancement in human civilization is the transition to representative government, giving every citizen a voice. An equal voice. Without representative government, we are back in the era of slavery and serfdom. And it all began with the famous slogan: “No taxation without representation“.
This eternal principle is glorified even in children’s songs, like this one from School House rock titled “No more kings“.
Here are the key lines:
He taxed their property,
He didn’t give them any choice,
And back in England
He didn’t give them any voice.
(That’s called taxation without representation,
And it’s not fair!)
But when the Colonies complained
The king said: “I don’t care!”
As I said, the song is called “No more kings”. When we have taxation without representation, that’s what happens. We go back to the era of subjects and kings. When people complain about a tax and an unelected person says “I don’t care” and you don’t give the people a voice, it makes you a king. Do you want to be a king, milord?
Tell us. We deserve to know.
So, the war is out in the open.
And I tell you: it’s a good thing! It’s a great and wonderful thing, I say.
I might have implied this before, but let me come out and say it today. This is what makes Modi the great facilitator. Not exactly because of something he did, but by his mere presence . Modi has acted as the catalyst that shattered a lot of age old socialist models of thought. They were sure to crumble one day, but Modi’s arrival hastened the process by a couple of decades at the very least.
After 1947, India spent more than four decades essentially under Soviet rule. Coming as they did at a crucial juncture of Indian history, those four decades had a deep and disproportionate impression on our national mindset. By definition, the Soviet system required citizens to believe in the redeeming power of monopolies. This in turn called for the authorities to be “unbiased” and “non-partisan”. As if there is something holy or inherently honorable about being “non-partisan”. Prime examples of institutions that were expected to be non-partisan were judiciary and media.
But of course, these institutions never were non-partisan. And the fraudulent mask of “unbiasedness” that they wore caused deeper damage than their actual bias. Those masks are gone now. The judges are being openly political. The media has broken its Omerta code. Without Modi, this process could have taken many many decades. But Modi became the lightning rod that cracked the deep state open… Modi made them come out of the woodwork.
Let it all be in the open. Let us all know which judge supports which party. Why should we as a nation have to believe in the contrived fiction that judges or mediapersons are floating in space, untouched by biases and opinions? And in fact, why should judges or mediapersons have to pretend that they have no political bias?
See how great the new system is. They have the burden of pretending lifted off their shoulders. We get to know what the biases of the decision makers and opinion makers really are. More transparency. More freedom for all! Yay!
There’s nothing wrong with a judge having a political opinion. Why shouldn’t a judge have one? Isn’t a judge a citizen of this country? In fact, if there was a judge with no strong opinions on national politics, I would think less of them. As this Family Guy cartoon expresses succinctly, “Undecided voters are the biggest idiots on the planet”.
I don’t want a judge or a mediaperson who is “undecided” about politics. I just want freedom to express myself freely on all matters. And I want everyone else, including judges to enjoy that liberty.
I am happy that the woodwork is cracking. We can see everyone’s real face now. And for this we must thank Modi, the great facilitator.
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