Mr. K.M.Munshi, former Governor of Uttar Pradesh now
basking at Bombay is busy musing. His attempt at thinking
aloud resulted in a discourse he gave on “Indian Democracy
in action” under the auspices of the progressive group.
Says this ex-Governor that there is an urgent need for
“movements of the people by the people and for the people”
Lincoln-like, Mr. Munshi has given a lucid explanation
of democracy—but is there not an almost sorrowful note
lurking in this statement?
All this time Mr. Munshi along with other leaders of
the Congress party, has been saying that the Congress
is the custodian of democracy—it is the people’s movement
—interested in and intimately connected with “Praja
And now to say, that there is an urgent need for a movement
of the people, is to deny the Congress this quality
Is Mr. Munshi offering an advice to the people, that
the Congress has ceased to be a party of the masses
since it has become a clique for the classes and that
people’s movements should arise to safeguard their interests
and rights? Or, is Mr. Munshi merely belching out certain
thoughts and ideas, unconnected with practical propositions?
He regrets, “that major decisions taken by the Congress
Working Committee or the A.I.C.C. were not freely discussed
at lower levels and such discussions were not encouraged
as they should be”. This is strange! Not that the country
does not know this—but, for Munshiji to regret over
a situation, which has been in vogue long before his
gubernatorial phase of life, is simply amazing.
Has he at any time attempted to eradicate this evil?
We do not know.
There seems to be some kind of dig aimed at somebody—there
is more nicety than clarity in his expression
If the discussion in the Congress or in the A.I.C.C.
is not up to the mark, and if people at the lower level
do not discuss freely, and are not encouraged in that
line, who is to be blamed? If this is done out of sheer
ignorance it is regrettable, and if it is wantonly done,
it is dangerous. How is Mr. Munshi going to save the
democratic climate? That, perhaps, depends upon another
fact—how long is he to be kept off the saddle !
Curious indeed is the mental make-up, in most of the
tallest poppies in this garden of Lost Hopes!! Curious
(Editorial - 21-07-1957)