As the saying goes, as we grow old we become wiser, but as my country grows old why does it appear to me that it is tending towards immaturity. We all Indians were born here, brought up here, maybe for a little period went abroad to study or work, some came back some never went. We all continue to see this country develop. This development has been both on the positive side and negative side which I want to discuss with you all. Above all I feel that IF we are such thorough bred and pedigreed “HINDUSTANI” then why we are so negative about everything. Are we such a breed that we have to find faults with anything and everything? Why do we destroy & steal our facilities and assets? If we call ourselves a democracy, then why are we divided into parties to be united as a nation? Why have we to polarise people to separate and segregate themselves to re-congregate to align themselves to someone or some person or some ideology and thereafter only can we do good for this country. This has to now change if we really want to see our country reach new heights I feel.
The states are different, because the basic stock of humans was different. We were randomly divided into smaller manageable geographical areas for better governance. The religious divisions should have finished when a new country was created and all those who wanted to stay back should have accepted what the constitution said and laid out. Besides the religious divide we further got into the social structure of tribes, casts, poverty line etc-etc, now thing started to get complex. To add to all this chaos we added and encouraged hard line religious groups and ideologies as trust and faith in the other had been lacking. Now we have added the maximum confusion by adding political parties to the quagmire, who have not only polarised the people but deepened the fissures of hate and intolerance towards each other. This is where our country stands today, united on the surface but divided, fissured, separated, split, cracked, ripped, unconnected, divorced, splintered , fractured, broken, like a huge jumbled up jigsaw puzzle.
We as a people of this nation have become self centred, myopic, tunnel visioned, selfish, self-centred, blinkered, prejudiced, biased, partial, unfair, narrow minded, unjust and unfaithful to this very country which has granted us all the freedoms, because of which I have the freedom to write and express my views. Who is responsible to fritter away the basic human resource which we admit with so much of pride that we are 125 billion and growing? Individuals are fighting, groups of individuals are fighting, states are fighting with each other, and so is the country with its neighbours. Above all politicians are spreading venom. Who is at peace then, who is enjoying at whose cost is another question? Is it the rich at the cost of the poor? Is it the haves over have not’s, is it the educated over the uneducated, is it the employed against the unemployed? What is it? The division continues, with no solution is site. Should it continue, is also a point to ponder, who will bring in the unity amongst all these warring factions, is also food for thought, above all are we really interested in our welfare, happiness and prosperity, I don’t know, but one thing is sure that we are not moving in the right direction.
Economists may claim that India is on its growth part as India is going to lead the consumption and production of goods one day. Fine! But how will we stop this mad rush and be a country to reckon with is the question. Who is running the Indian economy today, is it being run from “Jaitley ki ketley” or is it being run based on the world market. Is what Modi and Jaitely feel will shape the future of India or is it we Indians who should decide what we want, or are we such idiots that we cannot set the agenda for the government that what is the need of the hour for everyone in the country. The farmer is crying, the soldier is sitting on fast unto death, the industrialist is cutting jobs, militancy is increasing day by day, neighbours are not behaving, infrastructure is not being built with a 50 year vision, facilities are not being created for India 2050, our sports is in doldrums despite the amount of milk and desi-ghee we produce and consume, what is basically wrong then. I don’t know.
Is it the lack of accountability? Is it mis-governance? Is it our flawed education system? Is it our sick mentality? Is this how we Indians think? Is it our selfish attitude? Is it our false patriotism? Is it our superficial “desh bhakti”? These are some questions which intrigue me. Every government boasts about the facilities it creates, but we can’t manage simple things like garbage disposal. Is it because the staff is not paid and infrastructure is not available or is it that we citizens throw rubbish all over. Shame! Rail accidents happen because of poor safety norms and poor security standards, Shame! Bridges and flyovers fall because of corruption in government offices, Shame! The soldier cannot reply back to its enemy because of lack of equipment and modernisation, Shame! The farmer is not given the right prices and incentives to produce what we eat, Shame! The industrialist is squeezed by politicians for party funds and further throttled in a manner where he per force succumbs to pressures of the governmental agencies to keep their palms greased and survive. Shame! As individuals our freedom of movement, our liberty is at highest risk because we do not have effective policing and exemplary punishments, Shame! Our cases in courts are piling up and strength in the jails ever increasing, Shame! List is endless, and shaming is endless.
Well, I have thought about it and it appears that we created politicians to govern this country, they created the bureaucracy to sustain the laws enacted by them, but none seem to be in real touch with reality. Out of the three pillars of democracy, the pillar which considers itself to be supreme and happens to be our parliament and the parliamentarians seem to be people with a total time pass mentality. In 70 years we haven’t been able to build roads in India, we haven’t been able to make schools or set the uniform education system in India. We haven’t been able to allow our ladies to roam free on the streets of India, we haven’t been able to provide the armed forces what they need, then why do we have a parliament and why should we elect these people at all. I find politicians stooping down to show down every one for their own narrow gains. Well, I am just thinking what use are they if all the taxes I pay will go in their pockets and every party has only promises in their manifesto and nothing concrete. Should they be booted and brought to do justice to their jobs? Or should we citizens of India sit back, relax and enjoy the jinxed flight, I wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!!