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New Indian party must be cognisant of realities

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COMMENT BY PROF DR P.RAMASAMY,
FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER II,
PENANG

New Indian party must be cognisant of realities

Recently, I suggested that Indians should form a new political party to provide effective and untainted representation to the community.

I need not reiterate why there is need for a new party that is independent and dignified. This was amplified in my recent article.

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Veteran journalist Terrance Netto while he welcomed the idea of a new Indian party thinks that my idea might not be feasible on these grounds.

First, it would be impossible for any Indian party old or new to obtain the maximum support from Indians who have diverse political loyalties.

Thus, it would be a superhuman task to bring all Indians under one political umbrella.

Second, without political affiliation to the existing macro coalitions, PH and PN, it would be difficult or foolhardy for the new Indian party to take off; the blessings from one or the other coalition is vital.

I think Netto has raised some valid points on the need for a new Indian party.

I quite agree that to mobilise the entire Indian community under one political umbrella will be difficult task under the circumstances of divided political loyalties.

Yes, currently Indian support is divided among the PH and BN component parties. Even if political support is divided, the point is that Indians are not making any headway under the existing political arrangements.

This is precisely the reason why Indians under the auspices of new effective leadership must think of an idea of an effective political vehicle to go beyond the present political confines.

Whether Indian support is divided between the multi-racial or ethnic parties, both the political arrangements are not making any headway in terms of the progress of the Indian community.

These multi-racial and ethnic parties might be aligned with PH or BN, but have such an alignment borne fruit in terms of the progress of the community?

As I have said that the existing multi-racial approach has lulled Indians into submission of the dominant communities more than anything else.

In fact, multi-racialism failed the Indians in the country. I am not suggesting that the move to form an Indian party should take place in political vacuum.

Those who might be behind the move must first get the support of the community and second seek a political affiliation with a political coalition that can offer not just empty promises but tangible benefits for Indians in the country especially the downtrodden segment.

In this context, it is nothing wrong for the new Indian party to seek affiliation with a political coalition provided the coalition has the best interests of the Indian community in mind.

There is no such thing that the new party getting the bulk of the support of Indians, this might not be possible. As long as the new party of its leadership can chart an Indian political course for Indians, support is a matter of time.

Indians have been mobilised in the past, there is no such thing as getting the support of Indians is something impossible. Good leadership, tireless efforts and the principle of non-submission to the powers to be could set the party on political trajectory.

Needless to say, the party should not be averse in cooperating with PH or PN provided there is definitive Indian agenda on the part of these coalitions. There is no such thing as blind and mechanical adherence.

Gone should be the days where are Indians are misguided into thinking their future rests with one or two leaders.