War For The Political Supremacy
  New Delhi: “The Leaders declare the war, while it’s the people who fight and die”.

The ongoing Indian political discourse appears to be a straight lift of the narrative of forthcoming Hollywood movie “War for the Planet of The Apes”, the prequel of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The narrative in the forthcoming movie is about the conflict between Man and Wild, a no longer minor scuffle or one-off a battle. It is a war. A war for supremacy, survival and evolution, where the audience would be the jury as both sides fight their respective wars on screen.

The apes are led by Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, and the humans are led by a colonel, played by Woody Harrelson.

Post “Demonetization”, we are also witnessing a similar conflict, except that it is being waged between the Ruling Party led by Narendra Modi and The Opposition Parties led by the lesser Morals( who remained unmatched, so far, against Modi), with the people left for their own judgment of the narrative by taking sides.

Here, the war is for “Political Supremacy”, survival and evolution of a leader who appears to be in haste to become an “Icon”.

Unlike the audience who would be left as jurists for the on screen battle between the Man and the Apes, we as people are in no position either to stop or resolve this Political war of supremacy, as we are just being told to take sides, of course under the emotional package and guise of a dose patriotic delirium. 

In the movie, there is a “Little Girl” who stands by the Apes’ side.

Her hopeful face often shows signs of fear which makes one wonder whether she has aligned herself with the apes by choice or by force.

In the present war of ‘Political Supremacy, post Demonetization, we the people of India are playing the role of that ‘'Little Girl” in the movie, except that we are divided, by choice or force to take sides, with similar signs of fear not knowing what would happen and where will this war of supremacy lead us.

Here we have a Prime Minister who indulges in everything emotional while fighting his war, even, if it means to express his helplessness publicly to say that he is not being allowed to speak in Parliament, while at the same time claiming that he is leading a “War against Black Money”, never bothering to know how a Prime Minister who is helpless to speak in Parliament, because a weak opposition is blocking him, can, in fact, actually wage a “War against Black Money…  

…A clear display that he lacks “imagination”, regardless of chest thumping in the public. 

On the other, we have an opposition, a malleable mob of all shades, which is driven by self-interest rather than ethics or principles.

Both the warring factions sees it necessary to wage this war for image building, through the manipulation of the media world.

This is an abstract war, not a real war – a struggle for political supremacy and to capture the imagination of the people without a genocide and bloodshed.

But it is a real attempt at political affairs, governance, though built with a narrow empirical base, with little feel for the way this country is organised; nor do these warring politicos understand the diversity of the country.

The prime minister is roaring in the field but says helpless in the Parliament. The opposition is crying in Parliament, but unable to mobiliser the majority of the public on its side.

The contrast between Modi and the opposition strategy in this war of political supremacy is as stark as black and white. While Modi has raced into the battle field with his war cry, claiming that his latest decision is for the welfare of India, the opposition is still yelping in the House, seeking an apology for the barbs thrown at it.

The Indian Parliament, considering the current war of political supremacy, turned into India's most expensive shouting club where members gather just to rant and scream while the Prime Minister makes his speeches on Twitter, in Tokyo, at election rallies close to the site of a train accident that killed 146 people and at rock concerts.

Standing on the footsteps of Parliament on 20 May 2014, after becoming the PM-elect, Modi prostrated at the main entrance and after choking on his words declared: "This is the temple of democracy."

Ironically, the temple is still there, but the chief priest (sevak, if you will) is busy at concerts. And the Bhakths (devotees) are dancing to rejoice the sacrilege.

It has been almost more than a month since Modi disrupted the life of a nation of 125 crore with his “War on Black Money”. Without any debate, without consulting his colleagues, keeping even top functionaries in the dark, he has brought millions of Indians on the road — both literally and figuratively.

Since then he has laughed, cried and recited Bob Dylan poetry but evaded the very thing he was elected for — face Parliament, debate his decision on the floor of the House.

That, the temple of democracy can wait because the demigod of democracy is busy at a concert or rather fighting the “War for the Political Supremacy”.

Well, in this war who are the Men and who are the Apes, is a question left to the perception based on which side we are, but we the people are of this country are that “Little girl” in the movie with a fear on her face in the "War for the Political Supremacy".

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