DEMOCRATIC MUSINGS: TWO TOP POLITICIANS FROM INDIA AND US SPEAKING OVER HOTLINE

Two top politicians from India and US were communicating over hotline. During the course of conversation, the formal line of dialogue spontaneously gave way to the informal (can read personal) elements of deliberations as they were in comfort of the snoop-free zone and could take all the liberty to discuss whatever they wanted to.

The formal elements of conversation are of no interests (and so of no value) here. Out of the informal chatter over hotline, the following pointers of the conversation stand apart:

The US counterpart: It has been a chaotic time politically after the high of Osama’s successful manhunt two years ago. Economy is still unstable. Budgetary managements are giving nightmares. And security concerns add to that. The people act silly when they don’t understand the dynamics of the national security requirements. Thankfully, that fellow, the so-called WikiLeaks activist, the intelligence leaker Bradley Manning has been found guilty with a 35-year prison term. Though yet another so-called activist-but-fugitive-by-US-standards Edward Snowden remains a headache, the Manning outcome has come as a big relief, a sort of closure.

After all, unlike in your country where you guys have successfully manipulated and crushed dissenting voices from the masses, something that we cannot do here even if we try hard, and so, such favourable decisions (for us) from an independent institution like the US judiciary is an endorsement.

But I must congratulate you folks for manipulating and managing a democracy of over a billion people so well to keep the masses under control in your over-populated country.

The Indian counterpart: Thanks dear younger colleague and my superior counterpart, though we, the politicians of India, don’t consider anyone superior to us, but it is your powerful position in the global geopolitics that makes us comfortable in addressing you so.

I take your observation as compliment. Yes, it can be said, ‘we, the Indian politicians’, can teach the politicians of the world how to manipulate and manage the democracy for our own benefits, the political class. In fact, I can outline the salient features of our hard-work that the world can seek and emulate. Here they come. Please be attentive to the ‘sanctity and clarity’ of the hotline.

First one: We can efficiently teach politicians from any part of the world the ‘art of mismanaging the democracy’ to manage it in order to manipulate it.

Second one: Our achievement on this front stands apart as we are the world’s second most populous nation with over 1200 million people that makes our task of ‘mismanaging and manipulating’ the founding and governing principles of democracy a huge achievement. We inspire the seekers of our ‘art’ by our sheer ability to scale such a high.

Third one: We can be the good learning examples for the monarchies and kingdoms in trouble (and not in trouble) across the world.

We are the ‘kings’ here, in a constitutionally run democracy. We have become unstoppable now. Our flow is unrestricted. With time, we have been able to develop varying functional versions of policies, for the political class and for the stupid masses.

We have successfully endeavored to interpret, manipulate and subvert the policy matters to keep our political camaraderie flourishing, to make our political class an extended form of a monarchy in glowing health, where we keep the reigns among us only by a mutual cooperation and staged variation.

Fourth one: We can also be the learning reference point on techniques of ‘tough approach of open confrontation’. There comes a point in emergency cases (and there come so many) where you need to break the inhibitions of the staged democratic agreeability.

Such incidents have been aplenty in recent times where we removed the mask and charged upfront when we needed to tell the masses that we, the political class, were totally different from the masses, when we needed to tell them that we were a privileged, superior and elite class, and the law of the land that applied (to the masses) didn’t mean anything for us.

And we have been, yet again, successful in propagating this ballooning exercise to spread the message and so in manipulating and crushing the voices of dissent that were there.

The conversation over hotline continues..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

ARE WE A FAILED DEMOCRACY? ARE WE A FALLING NATION?

Thousands die but their lives are counted for some bucks and the buck is passed to be forgotten conveniently totally ignoring the fact that who died were the fellow human beings!

What sort of idiots we are or what sort of idiots we are made to look like or what sort of idiots we have been made to be fooled around so easily.

And resultantly and not so reluctantly we are forced to think about the question and the prospect, time and again, with an increasing frequency – are we a failed democracy? Are we a falling nation?

It is because ‘they’ have reduced the ordinary Indian to a mere living creature whose life doesn’t matter; the living creature, ‘the ordinary Indian’ who doesn’t figure anywhere on any priority list.

Instead, ‘they’ comfortably prey upon the developments to further their selfish agenda.

And even if ‘they’ look to come into some action, it is because ‘they’ see some political points to score in a particular case.

And who is this ‘they’ who has reduced us, the ordinary Indians, to such a state of human ruin?

This ‘they’ is the ‘group’ that defines itself from among us but places its members in a separate, superior class, pushing us to the periphery.

It is a ‘they’ that claims to be our representative only in order to claim the territory that rightfully belongs to us, the Republic called India.

So, who is this ‘they’?

This ‘they’ is a macrocosm of almost of the politicians, most of the bureaucrats, many of the business elite working in collusion with the politicians, the goons and the goons-turned-politicians. Sadly, the umbrella to cover the realm of ‘they’ is rapidly getting wider.

It is a ‘they’ that was once dependent on us and is now fast becoming parasitic on us, working day and night to reduce us to a life of ‘secondary and unwanted citizens’.

‘Their’ brazenness is in full fervour; is on full display!

And we, the idiots, the common Indians, are acting and are still poised to act as the mute spectators, allowing them to further ‘their’ class of superiority at the cost of us.

And it shall again be the case, in the coming months, when some important assembly elections and the parliamentary elections are slated to be held.

We, the voters, who don’t find good choices!

Or,

We, the voters, who can’t judge between a good person and a bad fellow!

Or,

It is the political con of cartelization to devoid us of an open atmosphere with more (and some better) choices!

THE LATEST: THE ‘OCCASIONAL’ CRY WHEN SUCH ‘REGULAR’ CRIMES NEED SUSTAINED ATTENTION

Isn’t it a conspiracy that the kids who lost their lives after consuming the poisoned mid-day meal in a government school of Bihar become the subjects of the political blame game that soon crosses all the limits of sanity?

And what about this characterized uproar every time whenever many of us, sometimes in thousands, become victims of a man-made systemic political apathy?

Why is it that we look to care for what caused the disaster whenever a disaster takes place and then forget it conveniently until next one happens?

In the case of the Bihar mid-day meal deaths, it is not even a week and the war cry that was there has died down. The chief minister of Bihar has not yet spoken. His colleagues and the political opponents have traded charges. Some more cosmetic measures have been announced and by the precedent, we can safely say, such measures would open more avenues of corruption.

And meanwhile, no one is talking anymore about the families who lost their kids. It is foolhardy to expect that we would see a campaign launched or follow-up stories pursued to get these families (and million other families in similar other cases) justice.

This silence, or to say more aptly, this ignorance, is a criminal negligence on part of all of us who are capable enough to raise the voice.

It was not a long ago, in fact it was in last July only when the nation had seen huge outrage over ward boys and sweepers performing minor surgery, dressing and autopsy, potentially threatening lives of the patients in Bulandshahr, Meerut and Balia cities of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous but India’s most digressive state.

For media outfits, it was a potboiler generating uninterrupted coverage of many valuable TRP hours spread across several days. There were high-pitched debates and rhetorical campaigns to cleanse the society of this malaise. The insensitive and shameless politicians and higher level government employees, who were initially, as usual, in denial mode, were forced to come forward. Yes, they did come forward after their characteristic delay but they didn’t own the responsibility, something that always happens, something that we recently saw in the course of the aftermath of the massive Uttarakhand flash floods. They just passed the buck.

In fact, they always believe that ‘we, the creatures, the voters, the ordinary Indians’ should get such treatment as it would keep us dependent on them.

And so they create such situations that force us to be in miserable condition and characteristically, whenever these ‘miserable’ conditions become fatal or epidemic, they first try to play down the scale or shift the responsibility and if not successful, they put a shameless face of concern promising the matter is being looked into and appropriate action would be taken.

Appropriation action! An alternative political catchphrase for it is ‘the toughest possible action’!

Now, see the toughness! In the very same Uttar Pradesh, where a sweeper was performing autopsy last July, a rickshaw-puller is filmed on camera this July, in a government hospital, giving an injection to a kid that takes the kid’s life. And it happens in one of the cities, Balia, that was in the eye of the storm last July for a similar medical negligence case.

See! This is how politicians see us – valueless, soulless creatures who exist only to serve the political masters and their cohorts.

Also, where were the media carriers, the activists and the aligned advocates throughout this period where they could easily see (and they have been witnessing it) that the rot was so deep and was getting deeper owing to the political callousness. In fact, they too, act vague it can be said. Whatever be the reasons and the considerations but the fact remains.

Why does it take lives of over 20 children to make a war cry on such a poor status of mid-day meal scheme in India?

Why this flood of reports now only?

Why not a sustained socially responsible campaign to put effective check on the system?

The rotten meal! It is an open fact that most of us know very well. Just step in any government run primary or middle (class 6-8) school where the mid-day meal is served and the first reaction, if you are from those of the metro middle class families, would be that you cannot eat it. Search for reports and one will come across regular reports of mid-day meal poisoning even from the metro cities like Delhi or Mumbai. The condition is horrible in small town India and hinterlands and the Chhapra incident in Bihar where 23 students of a primary school lost their lives after eating the mid-day meal represents that horror.

And most of them (excluding the political opponents here-they are the natural party to this crime) who are crying foul are aware of this open fact. Why not then a sustained campaign to pressurize the political class to act responsibly?

Like the horror of the mid-day meal, the ground reality of the government-run hospitals and health-centers is also an open fact. Anyone who can afford private treatment would never go to a government-run health unit. Government doctors, busy in private practice, using ward boys or sweepers as their replacement, is a commonplace thing and all of us and the groups crying over the Balia hospital incident are well aware of it.

Why don’t the groups looking and acting concerned at the moment run a sustained campaign against the politicians and their administrative bedfellows to pressurize them to take responsibility?

Acting only in spurts when the problem has already become chronic – the attitude is worrying. It is senseless.

It sounds more of the elitist concern of acting as and when it suits the tastes and needs of those who can raise the voice and not based on the needs of those who have been reduced by the politicians and their various colleagues as the silent majority at the receiving end of their every deed and misdeed.

It sounds like a sham! This façade has to be removed.

Chronic problems like the systemic political apathy and the political corruption need sustained efforts.

‘They’ who see us as lowly creatures need to be shown the mirror to make them realize that ‘they’ are from among us only!

‘They’ must not be allowed to make India a failed democracy.

‘They’ must not be allowed to make India a falling nation.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

Incorporating the write-ups:

‘THEY’ & ‘WHAT SORT OF IDIOTS, WE THE INDIANS, ARE’?

MID-DAY MEAL KILLS CHILDREN, RICKSHAW-PULLER KILLS PATIENT –WHY THIS ‘OCCASIONAL’ CRY WHEN SUCH ‘REGULAR’ CRIMES NEED SUSTAINED ATTENTION

‘THEY’ & ‘WHAT SORT OF IDIOTS, WE THE INDIANS, ARE’?

What sort of idiots we are or what sort of idiots we are made to look like or what sort of idiots we have been made to be fooled around so easily.

And resultantly and not so reluctantly we are forced to think about the question and the prospect, time and again, with an increasing frequency – are we a failed democracy? Are we a falling nation?

It is because ‘they’ have reduced the ordinary Indian to a mere living creature whose life doesn’t matter; the living creature, ‘the ordinary Indian’ who doesn’t figure anywhere on any priority list.

So, sometime, some of us are killed, sometimes, dozens of us are killed, sometimes, hundreds are us are killed, and sometimes, thousands of us are killed, but ‘they’ remain unaffected, shrugging off every big or small disaster as if it was just an incident in passing and was to be conveniently ignored.

Instead, ‘they’ comfortably prey upon the developments to further their selfish agenda.

And even if ‘they’ look to come into some action, it is because ‘they’ see some political points to score in a particular case.

And who is this ‘they’ who has reduced us, the ordinary Indians, to such a state of human ruin?

This ‘they’ is the ‘group’ that defines itself from among us but places its members in a separate, superior class, pushing us to the periphery.

It is a ‘they’ that claims to be our representative only in order to claim the territory that rightfully belongs to us, the Republic called India.

So, who is this ‘they’?

This ‘they’ is a macrocosm of almost of the politicians, most of the bureaucrats, many of the business elite working in collusion with the politicians, the goons and the goons-turned-politicians. Sadly, the umbrella to cover the realm of ‘they’ is rapidly getting wider.

It is a ‘they’ that was once dependent on us and is now fast becoming parasitic on us, working day and night to reduce us to a life of ‘secondary and unwanted citizens’.

‘Their’ brazenness is in full fervour; is on full display!

And we, the idiots, the common Indians, are acting and are still poised to act as the mute spectators, allowing them to further ‘their’ class of superiority at the cost of us.

The ‘enough is enough’ crossed its limit much ago but why are we acting in small pockets only, something that is nothing more than ‘not acting at all’ in a country of over a billion?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

TEN CARDINAL SYMPTOMS OF INDIAN POLITICS

  1. The natural, prevailing discourse about the value-system of the Indian politics is that there is no value-system at all.
  1. Politicians are a class apart. They are a new, separate, higher class, exuding elitism and are well beyond the reach of other social classes in a multilayered Indian society.
  1. Politics of the world’s largest democracy is being run by the political outfits that do not believe or practice internal party democracy. The top leadership in almost every political party is in an exclusive zone and thinks, decides and acts unilaterally.
  1. The dynasty is the flavour of the developments. Barring few outfits, almost every layer of the leadership in most of the political parties is infested with the dynasty bug. The political dynasty at the top leadership acts with absolute rule and the practice of promoting the family (sans the absolute rule element) trickles down to other layers of the party hierarchy with every other politician rushing to push his/her wife, husband, son, daughter, father, son-in-law or daughter-in-law in the political foray.
  1. The law of the land is not for the politicians. They are increasingly sacrosanct. A criminal or a person with a higher degree of notoriety has almost certain chances of taking a winning dip into the viscous and opaque flow of the political developments of the country.
  1. ‘No politician is corrupt’ is the baseline of the political corruption. Corruption allegations are motivated acts by the adversaries to derail a luminous political career.
  1. Likewise, going to jail under corruption charges are more like excursion trips now. Scores of politicians are visiting jails after being sentenced by the courts yet they return with aplomb by the cheering fans, fight elections and win them, too. Likewise, sackings are the acts of adversaries. Likewise, forced resignations are the exemplary acts of morality.
  1. The oft-quoted line that ‘there are no friends or foes in politics’ is at its evolutionary top of its dominance. The shameless display of ‘washing the dirty linen’ in the public and use of ‘supercharged and sub-standard war of words’ are nothing but cover-ups to keep the prism of ‘being different’ shining and reflective in the eyes of the voters. Political parties and politicians in these outfits are ‘friendly adversaries’ who engage in friendly fights only to become first in the race to form a government but when it comes to the common concerns, they unite to thwart any attempt to encroach on or to ‘rationalize’ their acts even if seen by the public as the acts of political immorality, overall moral depravity and absolute degradation of the ‘politics of values’.
  1. Extending the line of the political camaraderie to the kinship, it is ensured that the families and friends are left untouched in these ‘friendly fights’. Applicability of ‘the law of the land is not for the politicians’ practice is a natural extension to them.
  1. With all this, the Indian politics is now the safest career option for the ‘have’s’ – the existing political class, their extended families, the business class with political interests and criminals and scamsters. Joining the Indian political league doesn’t require high academic and intellectual credentials but ensures brilliant returns on even the minimum investment made, be it of time, or money or energy.

 ©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

SECOND GENERATION POLITICIANS OF INDIA: THE SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS

WHERE IS WALK-THE-TALK ACT? 

Midst all the talks of Bharat Mata, youth power and ideas and the beehive diligence, India remains a dark reminder of a story that took on to the wrong path before it could see the right one when it began in 1947.

And there is no need to go back in the history to analyse it. Almost all of the second generation politicians today are the products of the political dynasties. Having grown up and seen affluent lives, a clear disconnect from the ground reality of India can easily be seen in their attitudes. They talk big. They talk insensitive. They talk meaningless. Rarely, we find them walking the talk. A look at the recent political scene is self-explanatory.

Among the high-talking points these days is the Maharashtra drought. The industrialized state of the western India is facing the worst drought in 40 years.

Yet, Deputy Chief Minister of the state, Ajit Pawar, a product of the dynasty politics in India (being from the powerful Pawar family), breaches every level of insensitivity with his ‘urinate in the dams’ remark while commenting the drought situation. According to a Times of India report, during a rally in Pune, the politician, while trying to slight the fast of a farmer, Prabhakar Deshmukh from the drought hit Solapur district, said, “He has been fasting for the last 55 days. If there is no water in the dam, how can we release it? Should we urinate into it? If there is no water to drink, even urination is not possible”.

By saying so, he has slighted the humanity, he has slighted his own existence, and he has slighted an already debased Indian political scene even more. It was unethical. It was audacious when procedures were mocked to reinstate Pawar as the Deputy CM after he was forced to resign for his role in the alleged 70,000 irrigation scam of Maharashtra. Even at this moment of human crisis, Pawar has been alleged to divert water in dams (supposed to go to the people) to the industries when people in drought-hit areas are reeling under the water scarcity.

Even, the other prominent second generation politicians in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray and Raj Thackeray, are the products of the dynasty politics. Okay, being from a political dynasty is not a crime but what about the brand of divisive politics they are practicing?

Let’s come to the national scene.

The youth power of India is in vogue – not in terms of productivity but in speechmaking of the politicians like Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. It is so because they form the largest chunk of the votebank and can swing the all important ‘who wins or who loses’ outcome in the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

Rahul Gandhi has been very specific about promoting youth though there are very few grassroots leaders in his youth brigade who are without any political inheritance or who are not from the affluent background. And almost none of that kind (the grassroots) has reached to the level of the policymaking bodies like the Union Cabinet. Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Deepender Hooda and Rahul himself, all are products of the dynasty politics. Unfortunately (for India), the list is long and is getting longer.

Why Rahul Gandhi’s speeches have become so repetitive?

Why his speeches only talk of questions?

Why he never talks about solutions in concrete, tangible terms?

It is because, the ‘disconnect’ is still there. It reflects in Rahul’s reluctance in taking the political centrestage on vital issues like the Lokpal Bill or the Delhi gangrape that agitate the whole country.

What India needs to come out of its dark is a leader who is sensitive and who cares for and practices a life of probity. But the way the governments and the administrative machineries were manipulated to give clean chit to Robert Vadra in controversial land deals puts valid question marks on Rahul’s intentions. Okay, Vadra might be clean and what he has amassed (wealth) might be due to his business acumen (and luck), but being from the family that has been at the political forefront of the independent India, Vadra needed to come out clean in a ‘clean manner’ if Rahul means what all he is talking about, be it in Jaipur when he was elected vice president of the Congress party or at the CII annual general meeting speech in Delhi. But that is not being done. That is just not happening.

Let’s pan across the country to see the second generation leaders who claim the states now (and some of them can and will claim the nation later).

THE DIRECT ACCESS BUT..

They have become central figures of the regional politics by virtue of being sons or daughters of the political heavyweights. They got the political chair in inheritance.

Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh is a dynasty politics product. Taking the office with clear majority, when the Samajwadi Party won the assembly election last year, could have only one direct implication – people of the state, one of the most backward in India, needed change because they had refused another clear-majority government, of Mayawati’s, elected in the previous rule. Mayawati’s government was a miserable failure but, unfortunately, Akhilesh’s government too, is heading to the similar territory.

His one year of rule is a sorry picture of increasing lawlessness and governance failure in the state. The worrying sign is the future looks grim and there looks no roadmap to take the curative measures. Also, Akhilesh belongs to a political family with its head (Mulayam Singh Yadav) embroiled in disproportionate assets case. Also, Akhilesh belongs to a party that has become synonymous with political opportunism and political hooliganism.

M K Stalin, younger son and heir of the DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) patriarch M Karunanidhi is, too, a product of the dynasty politics. Given the history of regular government changes in Tamil Nadu, Stalin is slated to become the chief minister of the state in the future.

Stalin has been named in a flyover scam. He has been booked for land grab charges. Karunanidhi’s family is facing serious corruption allegations. There are corruption charges against Kanimozhi and M K Alagiri. Kanimozhi was arrested in the multi-billion dollar 2G spectrum scam. A Raja, the alleged central face of the 2G spectrum scam, has been and is being brazenly defended by the DMK.

Though, both, the DMK and the SP are political parties with regional presence, they play, have played and will be playing significant role in the national politics that has become coalition driven.

And it would not be big deal, if the political developments throw names of Akhilesh Yadav or M K Stalin as potential successor for the prime-ministerial chair sometime (sometimes) in the future. The country has already seen such political equations in the past when Chandra Shekhar, H D Deve Gowda and Inder Kumar Gujaral got the residential address of the 7 Race Course Road. Even if that doesn’t happen soon, they already have the larger states with millions of people to ‘rule’ over.

Sandeep Dikshit, son of the Delhi chief minister and Member of Parliament from Delhi, doesn’t stand the ‘national politics’ chance because he is in the Congress party. Yes, he has all the valid reasons to hope to become the chief minister of Delhi riding on the wave of the dynasty politics. In line with the trend, Sandeep, too, is facing corruption allegations.

H D Kumaraswamy, a former chief minister of Karnataka and son of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, and another product of the dynasty politics, has been named in disproportionate assets and land scam cases. Also, Janata Dal has seen so many splits that his party, JD(S) (Janata Dal-Secular) doesn’t stand a chance to give Kumaraswamy a chance, like his father got, to become a potential name for the prime minister’s office. But, in spite of the corruption taints, he has all the chances to make it to the chief minister’s office of the state.

In Punjab, it is all about the Badal family. The dynasty rules here. There are corruption allegations. There are charges of disproportionate assets. No one in the state is reacting seriously on the highhandedness of the police officials and the goons, especially in the second consecutive term of the ‘Badal family’ in the office.

The second generation lot, if they don’t come across chances in the national politics, they know they have larger states to rule, which they rule more like kings because they know they can easily manipulate the System by being the kingmakers in the national politics the age of coalition politics with rise of satraps driven regional political parties.

The other potential kingmakers in the national politics of the coalition era, apart from the SP and the DMK are the AITC (All Indian Trinamool Congress), BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), JD(U) (Janata Dal-United), BJD (Biju Janata Dal), TDP (Telugu Desam Party) AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and the Left Front parties.

SO MANY OF THEM, YET SO FEW OF THEM!

BSP rule is no better than the SP governance the country has seen it. Besides, Mayawati is facing mammoth corruption charges and like the case with Mulayam, the probe is on.

All the high hopes that Mamata Banarjee had generated, when the people of West Bengal had chosen her over the 35 years of the Left Front rule in the state, are decimated and crushed. Mamata’s rule and her party workers have become ‘just the other anarchy’ in the state. The goons of the CPM (Communist Party of India-Marxist) have been replaced by the goons of the AITC.

JD(U) and BJD are doing good. The rule of these parties is relatively less corruption-tainted.

AIADMK is again a big question mark when it comes to corruption. Tamil Nadu chief minister and party chief J Jayalalitha is facing court cases on disproportionate assets charges.

We all have seen what the Left Front parties made of West Bengal, once a driver of Indian politics, economy and intellectual growth, into an utter chaos of lawlessness, corruption, poverty and intellectual starvation.

So, more of the kingmakers on the table, in case of a fragmented electoral verdict, have or have had a poor record when it comes to the politics of probity, integrity and reform.

They will squeeze and extract the maximum possible mileage bending the rules and manipulating the System to continue delaying the proceedings and diluting the charges if they come to play the kingmakers in the national politics. And emboldened, as is the case, the wheels of corruption shall keep on getting the lubrication unabashed.

Most of the names given to country by the dynasty politics has a different sort of primary deficiency – the ‘disconnect’. Though corruption has become ‘fundamental’ element of the political culture of many of such political parties, here, the ‘disconnect’ sustains and increases the corruption.

More of the names, not in the league of the dynasty politics, have the most menacing deficiency a poor democracy like India can have – insensitivity loaded with neck-deep corruption as the primary driver. Here, corruption breeds the ‘insensitivity’ that in-turns breeds the ‘disconnect’.

So many of them, yet so few of them!

How can they represent India when none of them have experienced the real India – millions under poverty line – millions struggling daily to have two square meals – millions struggling daily to buy even the most basic of the medicines – millions just staring at the schools but cannot cross into – millions dropping out of the schools – millions crushed to pay bribes daily even for their absolute rights – millions being slighted everyday by the corrupt political and bureaucratic machinery!

How can they represent India when they have comfortably forgotten the very cause of the democratic India – bringing millions of Indians out of a life of misery, millions who elect them to act on their ‘behalf’!

Instead, most of the elected lot has become antithesis to this democratic spirit. Corruption and political opportunism are creating breeding ‘grounds’ for class hostilities in India in the days to come.

The man of probity India seeks needs to act with probity and with swiftness. Time has already run out. Integrity of the man India needs must have an impartial and independent attitude.

But the way Vadra was given clean chits was brazen. The way Ajit Pawar was reinstated was shameless. The way Mamata Banarjee is justifying and defending the vandalism of the AITC in West Bengal is worrying.

These and similar other developments could have been termed shocking but more shocking is the fact that Manmohan’s ‘aam aadmi’ is getting more and more into the ‘silently reacting and silently dissenting’ attitude on the high handedness of its political rulers who have started behaving like kings.

Certainly an ominous development for the Indian democracy if left unattended!

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/