What are we celebrating today? What have we achieved in 60 years? At the cost of the entire blogosphere rising as one to condemn me for being unpatriotic and writing this, I say that we have nothing to celebrate. Smaller and lesser countries have made huge strides and overtaken us long long ago. And we keep parading the might of our Armed Forces and showcase our culture, which our President proudly presides over. And oh, I forgot the awards. We also dish out the Padma awards like so many lollipops to everyone and sundry making one wonder at their value. Just look at the list of the beneficiaries in the recent years and you will appreciate this fact.
What are we leading in today? Corruption, black money, self-righteous posturing and finger pointing. There is freedom of speech, for the selective. There is amnesty and pardon — again for the rich and the powerful. Governments, whether in the Centre or states don’t fall anymore on such trivial issues like corruption, the country and its hapless citizens be damned.
Corruption is no longer news. It has become so entrenched in the system that it has become non-news. All the channels scream their vocal chords out when some new scam is unearthed and then drop it to take up another one. The guilty are allowed enough time to get rid of all traces of their ill-gotten wealth and other documents and evidences so that when the CBI leisurely ambles in, there is nothing to find. And then the premier investigating agency fails to file charge sheets against the criminals who are allowed to go scot free, cocking a snook at the gullible public.
Actually we have to be more sympathetic of the ruling coalition. Caught in the compulsions of coalition politics, the poor government’s hands are tied. How dare we blame it? After all our Prime Minister is an economist of world stature and holds the impeccable record as an honest economist. Which is why it is doubly depressing to see him preside over such scams with his hands tied. Just imagine! What will happen when one or the other member of the coalition withdraws support? What then? So let the corruption cases be swept under the carpet – there are hundreds of them in the hallowed premises of the worthies, don’t worry – and wait for the public to forget the entire thing.
Better still, start a campaign against the Opposition to divert attention from such trivial issues. So what if there is 70,000 crores of tax dues from the black money stashed away in Swiss banks? Ask the BJP to take action against the Karnataka CM. Poor Raja, leave him alone.
And how can you ask the government for the names of the account holders in a hurry? It has so many legal and diplomatic considerations to take care of. And while you johnnies are busy digging out all the details, the guilty would have quietly emptied their coffers. No money, no proof, see? Like the Finance Minister happily announced that there is no money in the account of Hasan Ali. What a considerate government this is and here I am maligning it!
Switch on the TV and you have all the channels holding ‘discussions’ on one topic or other – of corruption, black money, separatism, activism, Maoism – you name it and we are ‘discussing’ it. The same faces appear over and over again, which means we have the same views, words and moral posturing. I am sick of the spokespersons of the various parties — the brazenness of the ruling coalition, the self righteousness of the Opposition, the judgmental tone of the Left. Pots calling kettles black – every one of them cutting across political parties. They hop from one studio to another with lightning speed making one wonder if they are using the floo powder of the wizards and witches of Hogwarts to teleport themselves.
Dr.Ambedkar would never have drafted the Constitution had he known that it would be twisted by those in power to suit them. Freedom of speech is not a constitutional right any more. When a member of the minority praises a CM, he is threatened, disgraced and made to resign by the religious heads. Secularism no more means that religious considerations should be excluded from civic affairs or that all religions are on par. It is all about vote banks and communal politics today and goes by the name of secularism.
The media plays the role of the British which had divided and ruled us. From being reporters of facts, every rookie reporter and some dispenses his or her ‘views’, for whatever it is worth.
Religion has been hijacked by the politicians to get them votes and and the media unabashedly incites communal passions to boost its TRP.
The lay persons to whichever religion they belong are comfortable with each other, but the politicians will never allow it. How can they let everyone live peacefully and in harmony? What would happen to their vote banks? Their motto is to keep them divided and ignorant forevermore while busily filling the coffers in Swiss banks, so that not only their children, but their great great grand children can live in luxury. So who cares about the common man who sleeps on the streets? Talk of moral bankruptcy.
We deserve these jokers and more. For we only sit in the comfort of our drawing rooms and pontificate. We only push the keys of the computer or cell phone, not the button of the EVM to elect honest, upright representatives who don’t play politics but govern the country. The day the massive middle class does its duty as citizens, the fate of this country will change for the better, there is no doubt about it.