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Desh Mera India !!

August 11, 2010

The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops, but the kind of man that the country turns out. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today is August 11th and we stand close to the 64th Independence Day celebrations of our motherland India. But this year I see around and I watch very few things around for which we can be happy about;I see glaring problems all over the country which are staring us in the face asking for resolutions.

Let’s take a moment and see what’s rocking India this Independence Day:

  • Kashmir Problem: Ever since we got independent, Kashmir has been a boiling pot. And nowadays we are seeing the temperature rising again and what is terrifying to see is the youth coming on the roads to revolt. I see images everyday of people pelting stones on the army and news of young boys dying in clashes. And what I alarming is the inaction from government and Kashmir is burning still.
  • The Commonwealth Debacle: We know that hosting an International Event in your country can be a matter of immense pride and honor. We have seen how China and South Africa hosted Olympics and World Cup football respectively with such grandiose and velour.  But when it comes to India, the organizers have shown extreme levels of inadequacy and corruption to bring the preparation to the state that is present today. We are unprepared to hold the event and we see news everyday of how a toilet paper roll was bought at 3000 a roll or a tread mill for 11 lakhs rent for 45 days. I am so amazed by the audacity of officials to indulge in rampant corruption at such sleazy levels for an International event. I sincerely hope we are able to hold the games somehow and save our respect, whatever is left.
  • The Maoist Issue: We have seen unprecedented rise in the Maoist insurgency, and it became dirty when they attacked a passenger train in Bengal causing lot of casualties. What I dread most is how they are becoming fearless day by day and I shivered at how they had slaughtered the policemen in Dantewada, when some 1000 men with weapons had attacked some 80 policemen. I really shudder thinking of how the policemen would have seen death in the eyes when they were surrounded by 1000 men with an old piece of junk called rifle in their hands, when Maoists had the latest AK47s.
  • Honor Killing and Khap Panchayats: 80% of India lives in Villages, and how so much we talk of progress and 8% growth rate. India will never progress until the villages will develop and will have the basic necessities provided to them i.e. Education, Health, Food and Shelter. We consider ourself a modern country, but the Khap Panchayat news brought us back to reality. With autocracy and sheer ignorance of the governance, these panchayats blatantly took India to the feudal and communal India of early 1900s. And killing innocent young boys and girls in the name of honor is a blot on our free and democratic society that we boast of.
  • Telangana Issue: I am currently residing in Hyderabad so I have seen this demand for a separate state very closely and how some short sighted politicians with vested interest can completely paralyze life in a so called metropolitan called Hyderabad. During the Telangana agitations, these politicians pronounced Bandhs at will and caused severe distress to Mango people. They were so blatant that they threatened government to give in to their demands else the protest will turn violent. When a group of people can threaten a so called concept of government with violence, I weep for my democracy.

These are just few of the issues that are plaguing us currently and I am sure you people can come up with many more of the same. I am not trying to undermine the progress or developments that have happened in our country, not at all. We are the top 3 developing economies of the word, we have a considerable diplomatic status in the world and we are friends (if not a over statement) with the leader countries of the world, there is lot to look forward too.

The point I am trying to make is if 20% of India is developing and rest 80% is watching; we cannot be called a Developing country.Till we have serious problems like the ones stated above, we will never be a great country, even if our economy is growing at feverish pace. When the talk of a free nation, free people, freedom of speech, religion and life, will come out of books and be realized in reality, then we will be a great country. I think that when a child in a remote village will go to school every day, he will have food to eat, he will not be forced to work in the fields, he will have electricity at home and on top of all, he will have the ability to dream big and the country will aid him in realizing his dreams, then maybe we will be a great country.


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13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2010 1:45 am

    Added to it, the land grabbing by the government in guise of development.

    Rather than get intimidated with what needs to be done. it would be better if the atleast some % of the 20% start thinking about the 80%.

  2. August 13, 2010 11:14 pm

    Yea sure we have friends which is why USA wants to slam us with taxes to protect its mexico border! Sure we have friends which is why MF Hussain seeks shelter in Iran or wherever the @#$@ he has gone! Jeeze with these kinda friends our enemies sure must be feeling cocky! Its ironical we stare our 64th Independence year and all I can see is despondency:(

  3. August 13, 2010 6:25 pm

    If ‘ I ‘ of an Individual becomes ‘ I ‘ of India we can bring change

    Let us start with 20% & will make it 100%…
    Wherever who ever we are Let us start giving our best in whatever we do….
    Time has come to start bringing the change in ourselves…
    & our thoughts…
    Let us dare & make something great out of it…

    Jai Hind!!!

    • August 13, 2010 6:30 pm

      Well Said Buddy !! Only if we can realize it !! Jai Hind !!

  4. August 13, 2010 11:34 am

    I like you analysis about the 20:80 ratio.. aptly put but imagine the issues you have listed are big cause of concern on a national level and there must thousands of them that we don’t even get to know..!

    • August 13, 2010 11:51 am

      Thanks pallavi, I agree there are issues everywhere, some are glorified, some are hidden..But my point is what is the meaning of Independence for us, is it just self governance, or does it have a bigger meaning?

      • delhizen permalink
        August 13, 2010 11:55 am

        You have raised a questions, so lets try and find an answer for it!

  5. August 12, 2010 9:44 pm

    Well written for sure..i liked the starting quotation..!

  6. August 11, 2010 11:41 pm

    I love your blog. I’ve added it to my favorite bookmarks and subscribed in a reader.

    Looking forward to reading more posts.


  7. August 11, 2010 9:56 pm

    Ahh….you’re writing has become serious lately. A very good analysis.
    I have been planning a political article since a long time now. Will try and post it on Independence Day.

    • August 11, 2010 9:58 pm

      Yaa dude..things are serious around so writing has become serious too 😉 thanks for the comment. Will wait for ur article.

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