Years before I was born, a man with lean built and self-made cloths, wiped off the foreign soldiers who ruled us. He didn’t have a gun or a sword. But he has got the greatest weapon that man kind had ever seen – “Sathyagraha”- insistence on truth. When his determination to remove the British rule succeeded, we become the owners of our mother land. This is the past, for people who were born after 50’s, the struggle for freedom is what they learn from text books. But we knows how much it pains when we are restricted from doing things that we like. The pain of being restricted from the owners of our own mother country is a severe one.
He struggled and served his entire life for this Nation. 65 years flew away. Where are we now? With the GDP, Industrial Growth Rate, Cash Reserve, Foreign currency stock, etc., we could blab that we are the fastest growing economy and an emerging global leader. We might become global leaders in another decade or so, but to where did the freedom that we gained 65 years ago fade off? Law makers are becoming the Law breakers and the watch dogs of democracy makes money though cheap publicity stunts. The police turns into a group of authorized criminals. Where are we going? If that man who gave us this freedom was alive to see all these, I don’t know how he would have reacted.
May be I’m wrong in understanding things. But what I see around me makes me think so. Every day when I come back to room, I could see policemen standing out in darkness to catch bikers without helmet. If they don’t stop, these law keepers doesn’t mind to pull them down. How pathetic they’ve gone. Even when I walk through the streets I could see police asking money from shops. They’ve to give or else they’ll be troubled very often. This is what I see in Bangalore. As I haven’t seen things like this before I thought this is specific to Bangalore. But I was wrong. When I went for a trip to Yercaud, I could see policemen coming in groups to the resort and eating out without paying a single penny. If they are charged, they’ll be carrying out raids and will be troubling the inmates of the resort. What an organized crime. I could just comment, but couldn’t react because the power lies with them, not with the people.
Is the police and bureaucracy the only corrupted engine in this democratic system. I would say, No. The law makers, the politicians, who are supposed to be the servants of people, are turning out to be the biggest beneficiaries of the democracy. Power lies with them. They makes the rules and they breaks it. Carry money from this country to foreign banks. Earns for 10 generations.Let them do it. Even the British do take our wealth to Britain, but still we are in plenty. Dear politicians once you have earned for your third generation, please do something worthy for the people of this nation. What are they gaining from splitting people in the name of God, caste and reservation. Why do they bargain a lot in the name of regionalism. We are one nation, united under one flag. I know that the political parties need supporters, for that please don’t make the people illiterate. Please don’t spoil the education system of this nation.
We do have the largest man power. But are we utilizing it properly? 3 Generations have turned out after the independence, even now we are lacking basic amenities like food, shelter and cloth. Where do the money we pay as tax go away? To whose account is it getting accumulated. The greed of British Empire and English East India Company made us slaves for a century. Now the greed of corporates in public and private sector makes us slaves again. We earn and they’ll take it from us. Oil companies post millions as profit, still they cry of loss and increase petrol prices. How come the largest democratic nation could go out to be the worst managed and most corrupted one? Greed. I couldn’t find any other answer.
Let this all be there. Is there any safety to the life of citizens here. At any time a Maoist or a Terrorist could kidnap you. Any one could rob you at day light. Your mobile phone might get snatched, your purse might get stolen, even you might be murdered for getting the 10 rupee note in your pocket. Don’t wonder, this is what I read in newspapers every day. The Army chief was busy with his law suite at supreme court, taking the Government to the court for his service extension. He got retired today, but why he wanted to continue? What benefit was he expecting in the coming year?
This nation needs a leader, a young mind with determination to lead this country, beyond the barriers of politics, regionalism and religion. We really want a new Gandhi, to lead this nation from the darkness to a bright future. “Thamasoma Jyothirgamaya”