That may not be the case, but at
times, you tend to think like this when you really visit an India away from the metro India. And you
don’t need to chart out the hinterlands to be witness to the fragility of the
concept called India
envisioned 65 years ago.
Just travel some kilometers from
the outskirts of any sprawling metro city, be it Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata,
Bangalore or any metro city of your choice, you can see the tentacles of
lawlessness getting wider.
You’ll see police stations where
you would find it is almost impossible to be heard sanely; where you would try
hard and weigh all before entering its premises.
You’ll find government offices
where senior and high-level bureaucrats would behave like they are the kings,
the elite brass appointed to rule over you. Accessibility to them becomes like
a prized commodity and you end up paying the convenience fee to the minions of
the kings to have the access; to have your voice heard; all in exchange of some
empty words and not even hollow promises.
You’ll encounter masses of
lower-wrung functionaries in the government offices and would get frustrated (irritated)
to find people looking just like you and me behaving like lesser crooks ready
to make larger than life holes in your pocket.
You’ll see more students out of
schools than in the campus in the government run educational institutions.
You’ll encounter more or less similar situation in many private higher
education institutions. Exceptions are a realized rarity.
You will find hospitals equaling
the dirt and pollution of a busy station of the Indian Railways. You would need
to sweat it out to find a patient coming there with a reason other than
financial compulsions. You would easily find scores of them there being
castigated by the doctors and the hospital staff who are supposed to heal them.
You’ll become witness to the
breach of law in the courts that are supposed to preserve and perpetuate the
rule of law.
Yes, you’ll see some bright spots
out of all this gloom and looming doom. Yes, it is like gloom and the looming
doom. Writing this is not pessimism. It is looking at the India of the day with
an objective perspective when what you see and witness most of the time is the
stories of ultimate human rot of the system where the people supposed to steer
a developing nation out of poverty and underdevelopment, at every level of its
administration, polity and policy, are soaked in corruption and shameless
Where the country’s prime
minister, in his response to the charges of corruption and financial bungling,
promotes a corruption tainted minister and demotes an honest minister whose
integrity confronted India’s
biggest business house.
Where the country’s most
powerful political family, that uses the surname of the father of the nation
and has tried to rule the country since the independence is facing the charges
that would shame the Mahatma.
Where the corruption taint is
having the same hue on every political creature, be it at the Union level or in
the states; be it the government or the opposition. The bureaucracy and the
administrative coterie either follow them or add to their corrupt practices.
Where the activists of the
country fight more among themselves than with the system; where the activists
fight more for their selfish agendas than their concern for the main subject of
the democracy, the voter like you and me.
This is my world view of the
based on my travels, travails and observations to the parts of the country I
have been and I can claim it’s been pretty wide and I can claim I am a keen observer.
I felt heavy while writing this
and would certainly like to see it change during more of my travels and
I wrote of bright spots above and
that is based on the observations that told me of the people like you and me,
who, though not speaking, are observing all this; they are worried for their
future, for security of their families, for days of their generations to come,
and they are coming to know the rot-points in the system.
Yes, they are not speaking yet
but burdened masses have spoken always, the history tells us.
Yes, it is the matter of time when
it happens and the matter of swing over the issues of obstinacy of the people
running the system now and the obduracy of the subjects of the system being
governed by it.
That is what made me put a
question mark to the title and deliberating over it and coming to it was really
a soothing thread in the overall thought process.
Yes, India of the day looks beyond
redemption but the redemption is bound to come.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey - http://severallyalone.blogspot.com