Abstract: In Assam, the election has been polarised. While BJP portrays itself as the force of Lachit Barphukan, Congress and AIUDF are compared to Raja Ram Sing and Mughal who attacked Lachit Barphukan during the famous battle of Saraighat. This symbolism is being portrayed in order to betray the electorate. Is it not that the election is being fought by our own people? What is the use of vilifying one section and making another the hero of civilization?
Democracy has its own dance. It manifests in its fullest form during elections every five years. This time again the election is in the corner and the lovers of democracy are in full swing. Why not? The biggest festival in a democracy is an election. People find themselves in the position of power for a few days and then again come back to mundane day-to-day life.
In 2016, when BJP swept the polls in Assam then also there was also so much sloganeering. Ear-catching slogans were used to enchant the electorates. This time again, the same sort of slogans are being aired with slight maneuvering. BJP’s Himanta Biswa Sarma fumingly declared that this election would be fought on security, safety, and development. As he says, the battle of Saraighat was won the last election, this time the job is to consolidate what had been won the last election.
The larger question is: did the citizen reap any benefit from the last battle of Saraighat? The Minister night project it as the battle of Saraighat but the fact is that the last election was just like any other election. Neither did it bring any radical positive change in the lives of citizenry nor did it secure them from miseries. They are still the same.
But what these slogans bring forth is an ambiance of polarisation, put forth in terms of the security of civilization. Badaruddin Azmal has been easily pawned as a villain, symbolic of Mughals while Ripun Bora, President, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee as Ram Singh who acted as Mughal General during the real battle of Saraighat.
As if the fight was between combined forces of Ripun Bora and Badaruddin Ajmal who would attack BJP which is a force of Saraighat veteran Lachit Barphukan. This symbolism is being portrayed in order to win the election.
However, the voters should understand that they are mere symbolism. Nobody is Veer Lachit here nor anybody is Ram Singh. It is a plain fight among political parties. They all will win the election and rule us. Each of them our own and each of them is separate from us.
Why not then fight election fiercely on the agenda of development?