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Sovereign India Shackled by Lawmakers
(15 August exclusive)
Jamwal Mahadeep Singh8/14/2018 11:07:12 PM
We got freedom from British on this day of 15 August in 1947 but since the day one of Independence, Indian population stands shackled by lawmakers and on this very special day 15 August, Independence Day, let us pledge to get it free from them and it is the need of the hour. Better to perish fighting for freedom then to be a prisoner all the days of life, this might have been the sensing of population, who scarified their present for our future. But the freedom of our country brought with it a unique fraternity of 'public servants' disguised as 'lawmakers' that just believes in freedom to do anything under the sun to acquire the absolute power. These people shackled the Indian population after freedom from British. The Independence Day that gave sovereignty to its subjects is celebrated on 15th of August every year with pump and show across the corners of the country under a shadow of fear and under heavy security cover and spilling Crores of tax payer's money. Giving schedule of the various achievements and announcements of various welfare schemes and heavy dose of commitments, from the 'Lal Qila' has been the regular feature of this day by the head of the government. The population has been a bystander to this ceremony since day one but the average man is as it is where it was. We can arrive at a conclusion that no doubt we were liberated from the British Ruling on 15 August 1947, but we slipped simultaneously into the clutches of those, we our self elect after every five years.
Can we think of taking this day to another 'freedom movement' to get our self liberated from the shackles of such political fraternity that harp on self aggrandizement, self propagation, hollow slogans, fake commitments, psychological torture, making fools of commonality for vote bank Rajniti to remain pasted to the seats of power. We are fed up in listening stereotype speeches from the heights of 'Lal Qila' of doing this and that for ordinary citizenry, and for carrying the country to the next century but all this is quite far away from the realities existing on ground. A limitless tax payer's money has been drained out by these political hawks since 1947 and against it on comparison very less on ground that is fruitful. The country has been put on back track by the political game changers. We come across the concern of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Chief Sh. Mohan Bhagwat, during a Platinum Jubilee Year function of Bhonsala Military School (BMS) at Nasik in 2012, that India's position was better during the British Rule. All political parties were in power some or the other time since Independence but the situation has not improved.
Here citizens must introspect over what went wrong? Patriarchal approach never allowed visionaries of the time to usher a new era of thoughts that was subdued by those assuming power. Some of the concerns of common man are summed up below and we hope, apart from traditional speech of jingoistic words, lucrative schemes and self praise, our PM will at least show his concern on these touchy issues.
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual; the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country - Karl Kraus, an Austrian writer and journalist. Dwelling some tainted politicians/diplomats within political umbrella gave way for soft pedaling into scams and corruption. After Independence, the first corruption case in 1948, embroiling the then India's high commissioner to England was closed in 1955, with the words "as far as Government was concerned it has made up its mind to close the matter. If the opposition was not satisfied they can make it an election issue" and later same tainted person went on to become former prime minister's trusted aide and India's defence minister. Have the matter been dealt with heavy but clean hands, we would not have seen big scams such as: Abhishek Verma arms deals scandal, Wakf Board land scam, Telgi scam, The 'Coalgate' scam, 2G Spectrum scam, Adarsh Housing Society scam, Commonwealth Games scam, Satyam scam, UP NHRM scam and many more. India is 'Most Corrupt Country in Asia-Pacific Region', according to a recent study by Transparency International, working against corruption and India occupying 81st rank in global corruption perception index among 176 countries rated. A system is corrupt when it is strictly profit-driven, not driven to serve the best interests of its people. Most politicians are corrupt as they do not represent the masses that voted for them, but rather they choose to return numerous favors to the corporations that funded their elections campaigns - Steven Magee. So we can safely conclude that India is still in grip of scams and corruption. On this day of 15 August 2018, we expect words from PM on this issue.
Criminalization of Indian politics has become a matter of survival for the politicians. Spotless spick-and-span government is a stretched fantasy in India and Indian states. The criminals occupying law makers position is a matter of utmost concern, but our politicians are promoting this culture as is evident from the available data. Of the 543 elected MPs in 14th Lok Sabha (2004 elections), there were 128 MPs (23.57%) with criminal cases, 15th Lok Sabha (2009 elections) loaded with 162 (29.83 per cent) MPs with criminal cases, and 16th Lok Sabha (2014 elections) has the highest number of MPs, every third MP, with criminal cases against them. Of the 541 MPs, 186 (34.38 per cent) are facing criminal charges. This upward trend of criminals occupying lawmaker's seats is blessed baby of all politicians and one and all political parties in India. When we find such tainted MPs inducted as ministers, it becomes more condemnable on the part of PM and CMs in the state. On this day of 15 August 2018, we expect words from PM on this issue also.
The communal harmony much under attack by hate speeches by politicians, attracting no lockout from their bosses, is a matter of much debate. There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Free speech encourages debate whereas hate speech incites violence. It bears greater similarity to a psychological disorder than to standard political discourse. When we speak of hate speeches by the politicians, there seems to be a kind of permissive environment for such people under their political canopy to engage in hate speech. Even U.S. Senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016, have shown their concern and have shot a letter to PM, about the increasing intolerance and violence against religious minority communities as well as vigilantism over beef. On this day of 15 August 2018, we expect words from PM on this issue also.
Another dangerous frame India assuming in world calendar is the field of crime against woman. Thomson Reuters Foundation has ranked India as the world's most dangerous country for women, because of its high incidences of sexual violence, lack of access to justice in rape cases, child marriage, female feticide and human trafficking. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) "Crime in India 2016" database revealed a total of 38,947 cases of rape were registered in the country. Just in Delhi (location of GOI) as per database released by Delhi Police, the number of rapes reported each year in Delhi has more than tripled over the last five years, registering an increase of 277% from 572 in 2011 to 2,155 in 2016. On this day of 15 August 2018, we expect words from PM on this issue also.
How vehemently the tax payer's money is squandered by those occupying musical chairs, in the promotional extravaganza and invested ruthlessly in full page advertisements. Centre's Bureau of Outreach and Communication (BOC) under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has provided information that the Modi government has so far drained down a whooping sum of Rs 4,343.26 crore on advertisements in the print and electronic media as well as outdoor publicity. Print media included newspapers, magazines, while electronic media covered TV, Internet, radio, digital cinema, SMSs etc. Outdoor publicity included posters, banners, digital panels, hoardings, railway tickets etc. On this day of 15 August 2018, we expect words from PM on this issue also.
I will end up with the message that let's take this day to think about of our past and resolve to build a better future for our country. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Message for politicians - Independence doesn't mean you decide the way you want.
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