IPC: Human Evolutionary Vanguard

Indian People’s Congress, as the name sounds, is a political party. For people who care for their conscience, politics is not the right stuff. For them, as it is said, politics is really the last refuge of scoundrels. It is not the right place for them because they know that as politician they will have to tell lies and hide truth in pursuit of this vocation. Still worse, they know that they will have to tell lies in a routine manner as a profession.
In the so-called democratic countries, a politician has to make a solemn affirmation that in his business of running the government he will not publicly divulge truth. He knows he will have to tell lies and still he choses to remain at such a place. Such conduct chosen freely mortally injures one’s conscience. It kills what is most precious in humans. For a morally upright person, telling lies and hiding truth is a crime against one’s own conscience.
The way of life of a politician degrades one to the rock bottom of morality. It is an impediment to one’s spiritual growth. To an atheist, such a behavior is wrong on the touchstone of all his considerations.

Despite all these vices, politics is the necessity of this world. Though we are humans – and not animals – yet deep within us we are still animals. We need restraints put on us – either put on us willingly by ourselves or imposed on us by force and against our wish. It is because of this need that the avocation of politics – and its product in the shape of state power – can not be wished away by us, till we are what we are.
Since we cannot avoid the social institutions of politics and state, what is needed is that we tame these ferocious institutions for creating necessary material and psychological conditions in human society needed for transforming our race of humans into the race that is better and beyond humans: a race of people who would be morally – that is, spiritually – evolved enough to put restraints on themselves willingly; and when there would be no need of the state institution to impose this restraint on them.

This means that the institutions of state and politics must be utilized in a planned manner to serve our common evolutionary interests. It means that the state institution must be steered away from its misuse by a few and towards the good of all. To make it more clear, it means that politics and state need to be weaned away from serving the petty selfish interests of individuals and need to be assiduously crafted as tool to serve the  common interests of human evolutionary goal.

All this would need that we fashion the institutions of state and politics into a new venture aimed at serving the common interests of humanity and utilize its gigantic powers for the good of humanity at large.
Indian People’s Congress is an attempt directed at this aim. Beyond serving this common cause, Indian People’s Congress has no interest in politics. This is the raison d’être of Indian People’s Congress.

However, it is not an easy thing for anyone to become master of this social institution of politics and utilize its ferocious product – state – for a specific purpose. It is not for everyone – every commonplace person – to lay hands on these twins.  In democracy, coming to the helms of affairs of a state is extremely difficult. Still more difficult is to steering these twins towards serving a laudable common goal of humanity.
It is a gigantic work. It needs on the part of those who wish to do so to establish a sustained dialog and interaction with public, and earn a positive public image. And, in public activities – that is, politics – unfortunately no one can establish this dialog with the public, interact with them and create a positive public image without spending a huge money – a colossal amount of money.

But such a colossal amount of money is not easily available to everybody. One needs to  resort to all means within one’s capacity to secure this huge amount of money. The effort to secure this much money to be able to successfully compete in public life gives birth to financial corruption and scams at great scale in public life and institutions of governance. Corruption and scams become a routine necessity for those who want to survive and compete in public life.
In democracy, these money holding persons make it their sole business to represent “others’, that is, people. This becomes their life long vocation. They do nothing in their life but to represent “people”. Such a “business” is anathema to democracy. It is distortion of democracy.
We find this unfortunate public atmosphere in almost all democratic countries of the world. In addition to this unwholesome reality in democratic countries, many persons having low level of morality and character find an opportune moment in such an atmosphere and enter politics with the sole object of amassing wealth by corrupt means and enjoying privileges, for which ample opportunities remain available in public life.

Thus, in all democratic countries a grim situation prevails, which leaves no scope and space for those ordinary people who want to enter public life with an intention to serve a cause but have no money. This is particularly true in India, where people by and large are not much educated and are divided on caste and communal lines.
This has been the story of self-governance  in democratic countries so far. Is there any remedy to cure this situation?

Hitherto, it was not possible to remedy this ill of democracy, that is, necessity to possess huge amount of money to enter, survive and compete in public life. Fortunately, now it is no more so. Now it is possible to achieve this goal without any money, thanks to information technology. This technology has come as a boon in the hands of ordinary people – people without money – to challenge and defeat this money-power.
With the advances constantly being made in this technology, it is becoming more and more easy and viable alternative to replace money power. Indian People’s Congress seeks to tap this unparalleled power of information technology. In its avowed work and mission, it exclusively depends on this power of information technology to reach to the public at large.
However, utilizing the power of information technology to reach out to the general public at the scale that makes a difference in the matter of democratic self governance of people is a slow  process.  It is slow because in the case of money power, it is the money-holding persons who in their own private interest take initiative to reach out to the people.
But in the case of information through technology, it is the people themselves who have to take the initiative, who are apt not to take such initiative easily because of their ignorance and lethargy. Their number is bound to increase with the spread of education and their connectivity to information technology.

Though it is a slow process but there is no alternative way to defeat the money power in democratic self governance of people.  In political systems other than democracy, there are many ways to defeat the money power but they all are conspiratorial dictatorships in their form and intent. Because of innate human nature, they all quickly degenerate into oppressive regimes of individuals working against the interests of ordinary people.
Slow and steady process but without dangerous pitfalls is better than a quick move that is destined to fall. By the very nature of things in this world, humans and their society move only with their own pace and under their own laws. This world is not in a hurry because it has an eternity at its disposal.

With the help of this technology, it is hoped that Indian people’s Congress and its benign vision will reach with the passage of time to more and more people – in India and outside India.  This compassionate voice of spiritual India is sure to knock at every heart of humanity and make a call on them to decide what is better for them.
The voice represented by the vision of Indian People’s Congress is an ancient voice spoken in modern words and modern times.

But translating this voice into material reality is not possible for one generation; it needs consistent work and several generations. It is for them who read these lines to come forward, to decide for them what is to be done and take the necessary initiative. Indian People’s Congress is merely a public platform that provides a way to get started in this direction. It is highly decentralized in form and those who so wish may run study circles and cells of action without even knowing each other.

Precisely, what does Indian People’s Congress stand for? In a few words we may say that Indian People’s Congress in its vision is organically evolutionary and socially revolutionary.
How do we say that it is organically evolutionary?

We know humanity is divided today along the lines of nations, religions, ethnicity, and political ideologies. Still, despite these apparent superficial divisions, the supreme interest – the core interest – of humanity at large is essentially one.
What is this supreme interest – the core interest – of humanity?
The supreme interest of humanity lies in serving the cause of her evolutionary journey.

We know that humanity as a race – Homo sapiens – is an evolving species and with the debut of Homo sapiens on our planet this evolutionary process has not come to an end. The supreme interest of humanity lies in publicly recognizing, helping and promoting this evolutionary process.
This evolutionary process includes both biological and spiritual aspects of humanity’s evolution. While the biological aspect of this process is carried forward by Nature in ascending order through perpetuating life species (including humans) in ever better forms, its spiritual aspect is not confined to this biological aspect of life alone.

It extends from biology to psychology – and beyond psychology to those dimensions of life’s consciousness of which we humans are not much aware at the present state of our science.
As a prudent race, we must leave the scope for tomorrow for the unknown of today and, if we were to err in making a choice, we should err on the right side.

There must not be any doubt that this material world, all its resources and manmade social institutions are nothing but the “means” of this biological and psychological – or better, spiritual – evolutionary process of humanity.
 We may say that while this human biological evolutionary process is carried forward through the medium – the means – of the ‘natural material resources’, the human spiritual evolution is progressed further by the ‘man-made social, economic and political institutions’ crafted and improved by our civilization with the passage of time.

On the part of humanity, the wisdom lies in understanding and utilizing these two-fold media only from an evolutionary perspective. In comparison to this evolutionary context, all other human-considerations – be they deemed by us high – are nothing in significance but only selfish in our intention, subjective in our estimation and petty in their value.

To help and promote the ongoing human evolutionary march, we need again and again – throughout our history – to orient, re-orient and reform these evolutionary media in their utilization so that they may serve our supreme interests of progress and for our own benefit in ever better way.
This is an evolutionary outlook. This outlook of the world puts the greatest value on the human inquisitiveness, knowledge and innovation.

This outlook emphasizes the need on our part, on the one hand, to effect a change, again and again; a change in the light of our newly acquired knowledge; and in the light of our accomplished innovations; a change in the matter of distribution of wealth – natural and man-made both – among humans; and in the matter of the enjoyment of that wealth by them; and on the other hand, to effect an unceasing change in our social institutions for the spiritual betterment of humanity commensurate with those ever-better patterns of distribution of wealth.
The human inquisitiveness, knowledge and innovation have borne sweet fruits in the form of science and technology to humanity’s great advantage and convenience.

While scientific knowledge and technological tools, on the one hand, present to humans in their daily life decisive advantages, convenience,  and a helping hand to their rapid biological evolution, on the other hand humans’ social, economic, political and cultural institutions exert tremendous impact on the forward movement of their spiritual evolution.

The course of human history teaches us that Nature intends to make these fruits of human inquisitiveness, knowledge and innovation reach to the entirety of humanity, and, thus, enable this humanity – as a group – to climb up one more step on the ladder of evolution.
However, in the context of our own times, we find today that while these sweet fruits of human endeavors are still awaiting to reach to a large part of humanity on the one hand, on the other hand the social, economic, political and cultural institutions of humanity have become obstruction to their further spiritual advancement.

While the former deficiency requires on our part to re-form a better wealth distribution mechanism to make its availability more equitable so as to ensure that the sweet fruits of human labor easily reach to the ordinary citizens, the later deficiency requires on our part to re-form these these social institutions in a better way to ensure they become more congenial to humanity’s further spiritual advancement.
How can these twin objectives be achieved by us in modern times?

Today we live in an enlightened age and we govern ourselves by the political institution of democracy, which ensures the  rule of popular will with an inbuilt aspirations of ordinary citizens for their liberty and freedom. However, the bulk of ordinary citizens – that we call popular will or majority in democracy – have for various reasons no capability to assume the role of leadership of the humanity in the matter of her forward march.
Because of the ways in which Nature works, it is only a small pack of humans among this mass of humanity that leads this forward march of our race.

While this pack of an enlightened minority of humanity leads the evolutionary march, the average ones forming the majority of humanity lag behind in this march; but this legging-behind herd of humanity accomplishes the Nature’s much-required corrective function: this bulk of average humanity pulls back the leaders’ marching steps, checks their forward movement momentarily and corrects the missteps that the leading lights of humanity might have unwisely or unwittingly taken.
This is Nature’s corrective function; this corrective mechanism ensures a steady but slow forward march of humanity.

For this reason, evolution of our race is a slow process barely perceptible in centuries, if not in thousands of years. First a few enlightened ones among the humanity take leading steps and then Nature checks their rapid onward rush to enable the rest average human herd to move forward and catch up with the leaders. In the olden days, the enlightened ones were personified in monarchs, their courtiers, craftsmen and generals commanding their armies. In modern times, these enlightened ones are constituted in persons running industries, governments, scientific institutions and commanding their instruments of force.
This is the reason of the slow pace of evolution. And, it is the beauty of Nature and should be a welcome thing for us.

The lagging behind position of the average humanity is reflected in the popular will of the majority, which in modern times is formalized in the political institution of democracy. But this social institution of democracy is manned by humans and has all the limitations that are associated with the human nature and with the times in which these humans live.
Invention of the institution of democracy in its modern avatar was an innovation and it has worked so far well within these twin-fold limitations.

But the forward movement of evolution does not stop at any point.
With recent advances made in the information technology, the prevalent form of democracy has become a stale and obsolete political instrument. This obsolete democracy is performing much below its potential in this digital age and cannot be said to truly reflect the popular aspirations and will.

We at Indian People’s Congress are of the view that this obsolete democracy needs today to be transformed into a new dynamic democracy of technologically empowered people, which would be able to reflect in real time the constantly changing popular will; such a dynamic democracy alone will genuinely be ‘the government of the people, by the people and for the people’.
This dynamic democracy is the demand of our times and cannot be postponed for long despite the stiff resistance of the minority. The dynamic democracy, as and when adopted by us, would bring a quantum jump in the way we live, which would give a new impetus to evolutionary process.

This evolutionary perspective of humans and their institutions presents today an agenda before humanity: We humans should change the way we think and change the way we act.
This agenda is socially revolutionary in character.

It requires that we humans first accept the need of such a change; then it requires that we make available to ourselves in a democratic manner the conditions conducive to humanity’s material and spiritual advancement.
This evolutionary vision calls on our part to craft ‘our present’ with an evolutionary perspective for ‘our future’, which is unfolding before our own eyes. Such an effort would amount to fashioning our present to shape our future: a future that is better from an evolutionary perspective.

This crafting of our ‘present’ with an evolutionary perspective to shape our ‘future’ is unfortunately incompatible with  our present ideal, which declares “Let the humans be nothing but consumers; and let the market decide everything.” Indian People’s Congress upholds the banner of such a benign vision of humanity.

In brief, what does Indian People’s Congress stand for?
We can answer this question thus: Indian People’s Congress is essentially expression of an evolutionary outlook of life and universe. But in limited sense, it is a democratic endeavor of Indian people to spur through the political instrumentality of state institution a rapid evolutionary forward march in their collective life.

To achieve this avowed aim, Indian People’s Congress is not much concerned with the business of representing others, that is, people. It is more concerned with educating the people to change their minds and hearts towards such a hallowed objective so that this change is reflected in politics too.
Life – as individual persons and collectively as society – is changing, moving and evolving every moment.  It has a direction, an aim. All acts without anchoring them to a goal – an aim – are nothing but pandering to interests that are only current, transcient and petty in nature. All our ideals like democracy, freedom, equality etc. – unless they are anchored to an aim – are also nothing but pandering to our current, transcient and petty interests. In such aimless vain politics Indian People’s Congress has no interest.
Though as a national organization, Indian People’s Congress is concerned with India, still, the spiritual India presents this universal vision with a sense of humility and compassion. This Vision Document of Indian People’s Congress at this website provides a glimpse of this much-needed wisdom.
Let us all march to a better age – an age of enlightened human life on Earth!

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