Everybody is trying to say something, shouting, yelling,
adopting every measure that is in reach, but nothing is being told about
Now who is this everybody?
Who are they yelling at?
Who is not being talked about in all this?
Basically, this ‘who’ is the media vehicles and some of the
activist groups who are digging in for truth creating sensational stories that
directly implicate the people in high corridors of power under corruption
allegations, at least, that is what they think, based on the TRPs or the
television rating points generated, or the media coverage cornered (in case of certain
activists) that lead one to believe, that it is creating some sort of public
perception. How strong that public perception becomes is a highly debatable
issue in the current opera where a silent majority of over a billion plays the
role of extras, sitting in the background, taking orders and obeying without
They are yelling at the objects of their digging, the likes
of Salman Khurshids, Robert Vadras, Nitin Gadkaris or Naveen Jindals in the
ongoing episode, the likes of A Rajas, Suresh Kalmadis and many more in the
recent past, the countless others in the past, and the countless others in the
days yet to come.
These are really high voltage stories as they are getting
their ‘viewers’ hooked up. Whatever be the intent, it is good to see that their
acts is giving some embarrassing moments to the shameless creatures though they’re
continued with their rants and outright denial to the probe for probity. They believe
probity is not a trait made for them.
But who is being ignored in all this? It is the Indian on
the street who, in theory, is empowered enough to write the fate of the people
who are supposed to serves him, but practically, lord over him.
No one is talking about the real subjects, the physically
challenged, who were duped by the likes of Salman Khurshid, the man who is
supposed to manage the legal affairs of the country. Some faces were flashed in
the media as they served as fillers at some points of the developing story. I don’t
remember any case study of the local media acting serious on the plight of the marginalized
groups like the physically challenged.
No one is talking about the subjects who are affected by the
land-grabbers like Robert Vadra or Nitin Gadkari or the DLF or many other
politicians in collusion with other politicians and the real estate companies.
The public land meant for community purposes or the land allotted
to the poor is a soft target for the land sharks who tread it for peanuts or
get the it by manipulating the system.
It is not happening just in metros and their satellite
areas. It is an India endemic. No one is talking about how badly the acts of
the likes of Robert Vadras, Gadkaris and DLFs affect the lives of millions of
the homeless in a country where over 65 per cent of the population survives on
less than $2 a day.
Everyone is talking about ‘Purti’ and Nitin Gadkari’s
wrongdoings here but no one is talking about the subjects whose interests have
been compromised by the this sham cooperative.
No one is talking about the fact that India has gone back to
the hunger level of 1996 (65th out of the 79 nations ranked) in the
latest Global Hunger Development Index in spite of all the talks of economic
prowess and increasing GDP since 1991.
No one is talking about the fact that despite all the
economic growth talks since 1991, India is still home to the largest number of
sick people. Bangladesh has been able to perform better than India in bringing
down the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) with its
There are many other burning issues on social parameters, where
India continues to perform badly despite the economic growth that began over
two decades ago, that write on and off lives of the countless Indians daily but
no one is talking about that.
If we ever have a mention, it is either one shot act or a
fleeting reference during the main course of a story. We need consistent
approach and regular thrust on the issues pertaining to the ‘real subjects’ in
the same way the organs are shouting at now on the ‘subjects of their interest’.