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Review of "Electionomics" by Hon'ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India (formerly))

Shilpa Sharma


Review of Electionomics by Mr. Justice Dipak Misra Former Chief Justice of India Chanakya advices, “Ati” i.e. Extremes are not acceptable in a civilized society, that’s the mantra, I would say Mr. Vivek Narayan Sharma tries to preach. What he’s trying to say and communicate to the people is, in a Democracy the citizens are the pyramidion of the pyramid. It was a structure, the citizens at the prime. Citizens collectively sustain a democracy which has its sacrosanctity. Election in a democracy has to have sacrosanctity and sacredness because election is something equivalent to accumulation of power. In Mahabharata, it’s a war of power, that’s why he tries to correspond to Mahabharata, war of territorial power between the two clans Kauravas and Pandavas. Now that is a power fought through physical world. Here it is a different kind of fight to come to power. Both are collectively power games. King and his commanders. Its supporters, Its supporting kings. And here the citizens, the voters and the representatives. In this present scenario, the propriety of elections has been suggested. The propriety of conducting election has been very subtlety suggested and sometimes directly. He (Vivek Narayan Sharma) has way of saying, sometimes he quote Supreme Court judgment, sometimes he comes to the Election Commission, sometimes he comes to citizens and he refers to George Bernard Shaw and other authors. It’s a Beautiful Crafting. He, who writes a book, knows how difficult it is. Dhritharashtra says, ‘Sanjay all these are happening’. Sanjay says – Yes! He says, ‘Did we fight the war of Mahabharata for this?’ This is a poignant question. That means the entire Mahabharata, Dharam-jeet was not really thought by Lord Krishna alone. Dhritrashthra was a tacit participant knowing very well that his sons’ were anti-citizens, anti-dharma and therefore there should be war and time should come, people would live a life of Dharma. That’s what it (Electionomics) try to convey in different way. That was a war so that people would live in peace. That was a war that people will live in Dharma and there was a great war that people will be more civilized believing in Dharma. And he wants and it does not happen. And if it does not happen, he goes to Krishna. He has no other way. Lord Krishna says -“कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। He says what Krishna told Arjuna. We don’t have the Krishna, so what should we do? Arjuna is still suffering from Vishadyoga (despair). He is a perpetual, curious, questioning and doubting personality. Mr. Sharma (Vivek Narayan Sharma) does not like doubting personalities. But ultimately he says, ‘No, a doubting person is a good person. A curious person is a good person’, because he wants to improve and that is why he uses the symbol of Arjuna for today’s citizens. Now in this kind of metaphorical pilgrimage mythological combination, the readers will find tremendous interest. Arjuna was fortunate that he had the guide but here as the author (Vivek Narayan Sharma), the author would suggest, present generation does not have a guide. What was the guidance Lord Krishna gave Arjuna? So many questions have been put at one stage. Lord Krishna says, when Arjuna asked, ‘How can I gain knowledge? How can I gain the wisdom? How can I learn the Chunav-Shastra? How can I learn Electionomics? How can I learn the voting pattern? How can I learn the power game?’ Lord Krishna says, ‘Hey Arjuna, you must be in a position to question, you must be curious, and you must do service (here service has to be understood service to the nation). Curious means do not be gullible. And questioning means you must have protagonism after doing lot of investigation. He (Vivek Narayan Sharma) does not say directly. There is no theorization in the Book. That’s the best part and I must congratulate him for it, Principles you have to think as citizens. The book (Electionomics) request you to understand the Philosophy behind the book and the content. It’s a rising pattern. First he (Vivek Narayan Sharma) gives his extract of affairs which possibly and conceivably is not a good state but he is optimistic through sometimes Sanjay, sometimes Dhritrashthra. It’s because there has been progressive Judgments by the Apex Court with regard to election reforms and sometimes steps have been taken by Election Commission. I congratulate Mr. Sharma for penning such a Book. Gulliver’s Travel is a glorious satire on war. Similarly, there is a film “Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne” by Satyajit Ray, it’s a great satire on war. Electionomics is a great Satire on election. Congratulations to Mr. Vivek Narayan Sharma for his 'innovative thinking' and I am saying as a student of Literature & Law and Law & Literature.

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