- May 2013 (18)
- April 2013 (30)
- March 2013 (32)
- February 2013 (26)
- January 2013 (32)
- December 2012 (32)
- November 2012 (34)
- October 2012 (33)
- September 2012 (33)
- August 2012 (42)
- July 2012 (38)
- June 2012 (35)
- May 2012 (40)
- April 2012 (35)
- March 2012 (56)
- February 2012 (55)
- January 2012 (62)
- December 2011 (64)
- November 2011 (61)
- October 2011 (61)
- September 2011 (76)
- August 2011 (71)
- July 2011 (71)
- June 2011 (79)
- May 2011 (68)
- April 2011 (71)
- March 2011 (57)
- February 2011 (27)
Executive Editor & Founder:
Design Director & Founder:
- Edie Englund on Mary Morgan On Dr Spock, Life And Love…
- shal_oz on 100 Years Of Cinema: A Perspective
- Manek Premchand on 100 Years Of Cinema: A Perspective
- Khawar Haider on Kunal Karan Kapoor: An Actor Triumphs..
- Rani on The Great Gatsby: Operatic And Wistful
- MARY MORGAN on Mary Morgan On Dr Spock, Life And Love…
- Damayanti on The Question of Safety
- Kavya on Today The Gods Were Watching..
- Nisha on Kunal Karan Kapoor: An Actor Triumphs..
- Viraj on Parent Hub: Decoding Hyperactive Kids
- Pooja Pillai on Kunal Karan Kapoor: An Actor Triumphs..
- Nandini Hirianniah on Today The Gods Were Watching..
All content displayed here by Unboxed Writers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://unboxedwriters.com.
Excerpt, Don't Copy: You may not publish an entire post. You may republish an excerpt of not increasing 250 words.
Give Credit: You may not use any material from our site without giving due credit to the individual author and Unboxed Writers. You must hyperlink directly to the post.
Author: Author of the post retains all copyright, and reserves all rights not explicitly granted here.
Justice for 1984 victims-NOW: Cause We Support
To know more 'Join' them on Facebook.
“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.”
65 long years since Nehru uttered these words; 65 years since Indians woke up to the dawn of independence, to a new sunrise; 65 years since India’s sojourn towards a shining future began. Our leaders and those that fought for our independence had dreamt of an India free and fair for all; where food, water, electricity, social security would be the right of every citizen; where prejudice wouldn’t reign supreme. But when we look around ourselves; do those dreams appear realized?
Poverty, inflation, lackluster judicial system, apathetic investigating agencies and on top of that uninspiring politicians plague our society. We are at a point in history where a lot needs to be done, heaps of mess needs to be cleared. If we continue the way we are; very soon we will reach the nadir, the point of no return and our society; our India will spin out of control.
In a survey, India was ranked 95 in a list of the least corrupt nations in the world giving us ample fodder for retrospection. We are plagued by a malignant affinity towards scams; wouldn’t be farfetched to say that we are a ‘scam diseased nation’. And the credit undoubtedly goes to our beloved politicians and bureaucrats as they have gifted the nation jewels such as the Commonwealth Games Scam; 2G Spectrum Scam; Coal Mining Scam; Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association Scam; ISRO’s S-Band Scam; Bellary Mining Scam and more. These scams are what rule the corridors of power and authority in India. And these are just a few among a long list of such others where tax payer’s money is grossly misused. Corruption cases against government servants have risen from 17.68 per cent in 2008 to 28.39 per cent in 2011(figure as of August 2011).There were 991 cases registered in 2008; 1,119 in 2009 and 1,009 in 2010; and these are only statistics for three years from 2008 upto 2010 that I could find. Add the unreported cases to these and the figures will go well beyond anything that you could fathom.
Many may argue that things are not as bad. The condition has improved and the quality of life is indeed what had been dreamt of. Perhaps 20 or let’s even say a generous 30 percentage of our population is leading a healthy, happy and economically stable life. But what about the rest, the alarming 70 per cent of our population which needs to be brought up to speed with the development and the modernization and the shining abundance that we boast of?
And that is not even the gist of it all. Look around and what do you see? Or open a newspaper and what do you read? Rapes in atleast five locations across the country and these are only those that managed to get reported for the day. That a certain politician has been freed by the judiciary inspite of ample proof against his misdoings. That a husband is running from pillar to post seeking justice for his brutally murdered wife by the son of an affluent businessman and despite evidence, the judiciary and the investigating agency does nothing. That the common man is being made to bear the brunt of the economic slowdown while the government does nothing. That the price of healthcare has gone spiraling out of control and being healthy is now no longer a right but a luxury. This is the truth, the real face of our country. Our politicians are more concerned about banning cartoons that they consider offensive than actually doing something constructive about our country!
Will they ever take responsibility? The common man is at his wits end trying to make his ends meet. He doesn’t have the time or the means to fight the system. And there are no leaders who have it in them to in fact work for the country without worrying about filling their pockets.
Larry Hardiman defined ‘Politics, n: [Poly "many" + tics "blood-sucking parasites"] ‘. Well isn’t this what we feel? Isn’t this what the general opinion is about those so called representatives of our country? Scams, money laundering are only a few of the skills in their portfolio. Is it too much to ask them to do their jobs for once?
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. ~Woodrow Wilson
There is not a single person of character or personality in the by-lanes of power and politics who wants to work for the country. And if a common man dares to raise his voice to combat the evils and rebuild our society; these very politicians spring into action to make every possible attempt to create road blocks in his path.
Look at the coalition in power at the center; it is made up of 13 different political parties and each one has a personal agenda to follow which severely inhibits the possibility of anyone driving for a positive change. Take the case of the Railway Budget which was presented by Dinesh Trivedi this year. After many years a budget was presented which was balanced and pro-growth for the Indian Railways. Hike of fares for the first time in a span of 9 or 10 years; most definitely acceptable but alas due to vote bank politics a huge uproar was created by the infamous Mamata Banerjee; and Trivedi was removed inspite of presenting one of the most objective Railway budgets the country had seen in some time.
Everybody wants to eat at the government’s table, but nobody wants to do the dishes. ~Werner Finck
India is supposedly world’s largest democracy but we are nowhere compared to some of the youngest nations of the world in terms of the standard of living for its citizens and the quality of life. One can only hope that a day comes when our leaders wake up to their true calling instead of stashingaway public money. Perhaps a day will come when the modern day politicians will pay heed to what Nehru envisioned in his speech-
“We have hard work ahead. There is no resting for any one of us till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of India what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great country on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard. All of us, to whatever religion we may belong, are equally the children of India with equal rights, privileges and obligations. We cannot encourage communalism or narrow-mindedness, for no nation can be great whose people are narrow in thought or in action.”
Nabanita Dhar loves writing. It is a passion; a compulsion; something that gives her the freedom to express herself. She writes when she is happy; when she is sad or when an issue touches her heart. She finds inspiration to write in every aspect of life. By profession she is a Software Engineer but believes writing is her true calling.