CounterCurrents.org — January 22, 2017
There has been a universal belief among the modern historians and political scientists that history does not repeat ever. But recent happenings in the ‘largest’ democracy, India and the ‘greatest’ democracy, USA seem to have presented a challenge to the above dictum. It was in the mid-20th Century that world witnessed the rise of totalitarian ideologies like Nazism and Fascism in Germany and Italy. Generally, we know how these two debased ideologies under the leadership of Hitler and Mussolini came to power leading to the World War II which caused unparalleled death, devastation and misery to the world. But another fact not much known is that both Hitler in Germany and Mussolini in Italy came to power through prevalent constitutional system in their respective countries. They were able to use weaknesses of the constitutional systems in their countries and turned the polities into unbridled dictatorships, themselves becoming cults.
India and USA seem to have gone through the same process and towards the same end. Narendra Bhai Modi, a seasoned pracharak (whole-timer)of the RSSwho was described decades back as ‘fascist-in-making’ by a renowned Indian sociologist, and criticized even by the Supreme Court of India for his handling of the Gujarat Genocide of 2002, became Prime Minister of India in 2014 with only 30% of the polled votes. Donald Trump, a self-declared dictator who vowed to cleanse US of all Muslims, ban entry of Muslims in US, throw all Hispanics specially Mexicans (mostly poor Christians) in jails, shut down United nations and shut inconvenient media is soon to be sworn as the 45th President of USA. Incidentally, his defeated Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton secured 65,316,724 popular votes while the victor, Donald Trump could get only 62,719,568 votes. Both the leaders became rulers of their respective countries due to in-built infirmities
in the electoral process of both the countries. [. . .]