During my schooling we had subject named “civics” it was basically dealing with political hierarchy followed in India, rules amended on the people who living in Indian territory as mentioned in the constitution of India composed by honorable Baba Saheb Ambedkar. In simple words, we could define Civics as, “The study of the rights and duties of citizenship.”
So that subject taught me that democracy means Government of the People, by the People and for the People..(3p’s). It was certainly matter of proud, for me to learn that I was citizen of world’s largest democracy i.e India. But as I grew up in age my happiness turn ruined. Yes my friends real life was indeed to lawful & contented as it appeared in the civics text book, facts where very much different from the notes.I soon realized that, in real life these 3p’s stand for “Government of the Politicians, by the Politicians and for the Politicians” sad yet burning reality of my country thanks to uncontrollable growth in corruption each day. I don’t believe in cynical attitude towards life, but what real needs to accepted. 😦
In India today, if you fall sick you need to pay few thousands to lakhs of rupees just as consultation fees to the Doctor. Why is it so, is doctor’s time, that to just for 5 to 10 minutes worth Rs.500-1000 is it that expensive ??… No not at all… 😦 still they charge so much because they need to earn back lakhs of rupees that they had spent on medical college as donation (which is always out of compulsion)
Today man travelling at tremendous speed on his motorbike happily avoids wearing helmet or many a times doesn’t have a valid license but still he continues with this kind of careless behavior everywhere… because every time he gets caught by traffic police he pays him Rs.50 as bribe instead of paying Rs.500 as fine. Cheaper for him & happier for hawaldar(traffic police). That’s exactly the reason for steep increase in number of road accidents these days. 😦
You need a ration card, a passport, a driving license or an approval for your retirement pension you need to pay bribe to all the official’s in this approval chain at every stage. Starting right from chaprasi (Peon) to the officer who sits in cosy A/C cabin & travels by a sarkari (government) car whose expenses are being paid from the taxes deducted from this common man’s salary. Everyone makes sure that they get their share, till then your papers continue to remain pending for approval. 😦
In this atmosphere of extreme greed for money if one struggles and get’s educated with a degree, a so called “global recession” is always present to block the doors of his progress. In India today people pay bribe of Rs. 500000 to Rs. 250000 lakhs to get a job of clerk in government office. Just because he spends so much money to get the job, he makes sure that he earns it back by taking bribe for his own duty.. and the vicious circle of corruption continues.
God too is no exception to this greed of money. We very prominently observe this during Ganpati festival, There are seperate & smaller queues are created by all the Ganesh mandals for people who buy tickets while other whom come for visit continue to stand for 3 to 9 hours in a queue just to get one glimpse of Ganpati Bappa. Ticket’s ranging from rs.10 to Rs.50 are happily bought by people. Devotion is also no exception when it comes to corruption. Why are we stil not disgusted with this…???? 😦
India’s constitution has given 6 fundamental rights to all it’s citizens:
1) Right to equality
2) Right to freedom of speech and expression
3) Right against exploitation
4) Right to freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion;
5) Right of any section of citizens to conserve their culture, language or script
6) Right to constitutional remedies for enforcement of Fundamental Rights.
I think if this highly pityable condition of corrupt India continues to grow at this rate, we would soon have a 7th fundamental right coming up as:
7) Right to support, flourish & follow corruption.
To see this condition of our country did Bhagat Singh sacrificed his life ??? Did Pandit Nehru put behind his rest and life of comfort to have India corrupted in values,thoughts & economy ??? To see this day did Gandhiji gave away his budding career as lawyer and followed the path of non-violence, truth and above all sacrifice of one’s own self for motherland ???…No certainly not, Indian youth still has bravery of Bhaghat Singh, intelligence of Nehru and Gandhi’s extreme love for motherland. As it is rightly said that ” However long and dark night may be dawn is for sure. “ Anna Hazreji is that one ray of hope which enlightened the minds of 1.2 Billion population of India to come together and start a true fight against corruption. 🙂
Short Biography: (excerpts taken from wikipedia)
Kisan Baburao Hazare born in 15th June 1937, popularly known as Anna Hazare is an Indian social activist who is recognised for his participation in the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.He also contributed to the development and structuring of Ralegan Siddhi, a village in Parner taluka of Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award—by the Government of India in 1992 for his efforts in establishing this village as a model for others.
In 5th April 2011, Hazare initiated a Satyagraha movement for passing a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal (ombudsman) bill in the Indian Parliament as conceived in the Jan Lokpal Bill (People’s Ombudsman Bill). The Jan Lokpal Bill was drafted earlier by N. Santosh Hegde, former justice of the Supreme Court of India and Lokayukta of Karnataka, Prashant Bhushan, a senior lawyer in the Supreme Court and Arvind Kejriwal, a social activist along with members of the India Against Corruption movement. This draft bill incorporated more stringent provisions and wider power to the Lokpal (Ombudsman) than the draft Lokpal bill prepared by the government in 2010.These include placing “the Prime Minister within the ambit of the proposed lokpal’s powers”.
On the morning of 9 April 2011 Hazare ended his 98-hour hunger strike by first offering lemon juice to some of his supporters who were fasting with him. Hazare then broke his fast by consuming some lemon juice. He addressed the people and set a deadline of 15 August 2011 to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Indian Parliament.
“Real fight begins now. We have a lot of struggle ahead of us in drafting the new legislation, We have shown the world in just five days that we are united for the cause of the nation. The youth power in this movement is a sign of hope.”
Anna Hazare said that if the bill does not pass he will call for a mass nation-wide agitation.He called his movement as “second struggle for independence” and he will continue the fight.
On 28 July 2011 the union cabinet on approved a draft of the Lokpal Bill, which keeps the Prime Minister, judiciary and lower bureaucracy out of the ambit of the proposed corruption ombudsman Lokpal. Hazare rejected the government version by describing it as “cruel joke’’ and wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and told him his decision to go on an indefinite fast from 16 August 2011 at Jantar Mantar if the government introduced its own version of the bill in Parliament without taking suggestions from civil society members.
Since past 9 day’s i.e. from 28 July 2011 our very own honorable Shri Anna Hazareji has been on a indefinite hunger strike at Ramleela Maidan (Ground) Delhi for passing of Jan Lokpal Bill to kill this Bhasmasur(Demon) of corruption who has already partially paralized nerves of Indian democracy.
Anna has been featured as the most influential person in Mumbai by a national daily newspaper.He has faced criticism for his authoritarian views on justice, including death as punishment for corrupt public officials and his alleged support for forced vasectomies as a method of family planning.
Anna is a consistent believer & true follower of Gandhiji’s principles of life. I am very much sure that this is indeed is a beginning of India’s 2nd freedom struggle against the most dreaded disease of Corruption. There has been an overwhelming support to Anna Hazareji’s fasting opposition against corruption from people of all the economical classes, ages ( ranging from 5 years to 85 years),all castes & tribes as one.. and more noticeably the youth in the country forms majority of supporters this is indeed a renaissance in India’s economy & politics. I truly believe that the day is not so far when India would be free corruption. There will be a definite progress seen economically, ethically and in standard of living of the people in India. We could actually sing along as “Jahan dal dal par sone ki chidiya karti hai basera wo Bharat desh hai mera…”
There will be day very soon when no Goverment official would ask for chai-pani(slang used for bribe) to sign on your documents, education would be charged at affordable & apt rates, Traffic police would charge appropriate fines for those disobeying traffic ethics, Only aged people would get to go in smaller or seperate queues for Dev Darshan (visiting God) that too without any tickets charged for that. 🙂
Indian democracy will actually be the one all of us learnt at school in civics,
“Government of the People, by the People and for the People..”
Yes indeed we can now believe in 3p’s of democracy thanks to our beloved & respected Shri Anna HazareJi. 🙂
This article is sincere request from an Indian to all the Indian’s to support Lokpal Bill put forward by Anna HazareJi.
Vande Mataram !!! 🙂