Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Politics In India: A Lopsided Affair
India is known to be a democratic republic, but do you think the meaning of democracy is still the same in India or has it been redefined with a new meaning given by the politicians. Our country claims to be developing for the last 3-4 decades but is it actually developing or simply following the footsteps of another developed country? When the public is questioned, each & everyone is ready with blazing words condemning the government. But is the government the only one responsible for all this? Why is it that even when a natural calamity occurs the government is made responsible for all the loss incurred? Why is the Indian government always regarded with mistrust & negative publicity?
What I have personally figured out, the Indian population’s mentality is the one to be blamed. We always think & speak but never act! We talk of stopping corruption but when it comes to our own work we don’t hesitate to bribe others. In all grave situations, we react in a manner of a human robot, programmed to permanently blame the government for every mishap that occurs.
We say politics is bad, then why don’t we let our children enter it & bring about a change?
Don’t you think that if the entire political system is reframed then India would be better off? We have high-level of tests for the administrative officials. Shouldn’t the heads of these officials be made to prove their mettle too? Shouldn’t’ they give a small test on the Indian Constitution to warranty that those who rule us at least know something about the rule book?
Why is politics considered a dirty profession? Till date what I have seen, who enters politics?
• Political families end up campaigning for their own sons & daughters, making Indian politics a family affair
• Retired film stars. sportspersons & business men, whom the party hires for publicity.
And the worst are the ‘self-made’ politicians.
• Local goons tired of their everyday petty extortion affairs, get the innovative idea of joining politics to lead a sophisticated life. Exchanging their mafia look for the clean white kurta & Gandhian cap they enter politics.
• From the very childhood kids are voting for their monitor in school. At college it’s the Secretary & in University the President. For these candidates, power & responsibility combine to form the key to financial door. As outside parties lend their support, they terrorize, influence or dominate over their fellow college-mates to gain maximum votes. You better vote or else…
For them holding a position of responsibility just translates to having more money. And when this ideology has been firmly ingrained in them, the party takes them in their fold-meet the young leaders of India.
As a result of this, parents tend to guide their children as far away from politics as possible, so much that they don’t even vote in elections! And the ones who support it, effectively use politics as a medium to raise their social & financial status.
I am at a loss to understand now, is the Indian government for the people, by the people & of the people or is it the people that are for, by & of the government?
Does an Indian have no voice of their own? Isn’t true democracy being muted by this manner?
Isn’t this the reason why every sector has met with downfall? The British left behind a great policy that the Indians meticulously adhere to-“Divide & Rule” policy. We divide one every conceivable basis & grounds & try to rule over others to prove our false supremacy.
The inner conflicts that India has is the reason why outer forces can easily wreck havoc here. We have more Maoists & Naxalites than the Al-Qaeda terrorists!
When Congress had demanded for a ‘partial democracy’ Gandhi ji was stunned hearing that the youth of India had cried out for “Purna Swaraj” I.e. freedom in its entirety. And we had obtained it. Purna Swaraj!
On August 15, 1947 the sweet breeze of freedom wafted over India, wiping every Indian’s sweat & tears irrespective of caste creed or religion. But now, as we are celebrating the 63rd Independence, I put before you this question, are we living in Purna Swaraj or is it a partial democracy with the powerful & mighty ruling over the meek?
Thus, I refrain from saying “Mera Bharat Mahan”!
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