Politicians and Diapers have one thing in common. They both should be changed and for the same reason.
Here’s an opinionated piece on Political Power and Corruption in India, I wrote 3 years back;
When a little child reads these words, he strives to get the spelling of these words correct. When a Teenager reads these words, He remembers Anna Hazare and the corrupt politicians. When a youth reads them, he wants to do something for the society. While the elderly can do nothing but just talk about how our forefathers dreamed about India as a nation. We often realize that today, these words hold an intense magnitude of importance for us. Today, these words are not separate identities but in essence the same thing.
Today, at the height of a political corruption trial, the prosecuting attorney attacks a witness and ask him of it is true that he accepted 10000 rupees, to compromise the case. He stays silent and does not respond. He repeats his question. He still does not respond. Finally, the judge leans over and asks him to answer the question. The witness’s reply is “ I thought he was talking to you.”
This is the blatant hypocrisy that occurs. Corruption in India is a result of connection between politicians and criminals. Earlier bribes were paid for getting wrong things done. Today, bribes are paid for getting right things done at right time. If you consider two trends that have been creating a stir in the past two decades, they are corruption and its relation to political power. Corruption has become something respectable India, because of the involvement of our respected politicians. Major cause of concern today is not that India is not able to use its potential wholly, but the reason, for entrapment of this wholesome vibrant potential. Nowadays, politics is only for criminals and criminals are only for politics. Corruption is an intractable problem. It is like diabetes, can only be controlled, but not totally eliminated. Recent news show, that soon a new law is in its making in the parliament, The law of conservation of fooling people. This law states that; “ Lives of people are in our hands. Money can neither be created nor destroyed but only transferred from one politician to another.”
There was a time when India was known as the “golden bird”. We had immense wealth and were considered one of the richest of all countries. People say that British took half of it. I say that the politicians took the other half. Today, political power is closely concentrated in the sphere of corruption. Today, the form in which political power is getting attracted towards corruption is Scam. Scam here stands for; Scheming Crafty Aggressive Malicious politics.
The Slave dynasty ruled us for 200 years, the Mughals for 300 years, the British for 250 years and now the politicians through corruption since 66 years.
Why? Why is that we are letting our lives get ruined by these people who have left us nowhere. Today, a girl is scared to go to the police station to report a complaint because the police there demand bribes and pass on lewd comments. Today, an old retired person is saddened to hear that he has to pay lakhs of money to claim his pension. From nursery school admissions to getting away by bribing officials, corruption has engulfed us all. Corruption lies within us. And the sowers are those in power.
Many of us are aware of the Anna Hazare campaign. The peak of irony was that Anna was, allegedly, lodged in the same jail that housed the people who were responsible for two of the biggest scams in the country ever. Corruption has become an Unavoidable part of politics and every now or then, one or the other politician re-affirms this fact. Coming to black money, if black money were an Olympics event, India would have won a gold medal hands down. The question comes to if India is poor; Ask the Swiss banks. With personal account deposit bank for $1,500 Bn. In foreign reserve, which have been misappropriated, an amount 13 times larger than the country’s foreign debt, one needs to rethink if India is a poor country. A nation where more than one third the population live below the poverty line is being looted. It’s been found that 80,000 people travel to Switzerland every year, 25,000 frequently. Those travelling on a regular basis must be doing it for reason.
It’s not that the entire politics has become an indispensable part of corruption, but it’s we who have become attached to it. Corruption is the largest hurdle to India’s pursuit of economic achievement. There have been Anti-corruption bills that have been introduced but the irony here is they have been formed themselves by the politicians. Though bringing in of RTI has helped, but death of RTI activists is also a major concern.
We elect our representatives. Until we change, the politicians cannot. So, we have to reform ourselves and change the way the world sees India. All of this because, We, Indians are one of a kind.