18 Sep : What will Dr.Manmohan Singh do when all other Congress leaders are working extra time to wrap up an institution like Congress Party as soon as possible? The middle class, disenchanted by the foolishness of Bhartiya Janta Party, was admiring the way our Prime Minister went ahead despite the very real danger to his government itself.But the Party affairs managers of the Congress Party have thrown the goodwill away.It should have learnt a lesson from Jammu agitation that the people of this country will no longer tolerate traitors and Jehadi elements.But Congress is not yet ready to learn and act tough against terrorists.When reminded, it starts accusing the BJP and thus discredits itself completely.Who will tell these semi -literate leaders that you have come to power and remained in power because you have kept your electorate poor and illiterate? You win elections by all possible dubious means .Once the country is fully literate, future generations would wonder how these pathetic souls, not worthy of a peons job ,actually spearheaded ministries and kept India poor and impoverished for their selfish motives,for such a long time?
Despite pathetically spineless leaders like Shivraj Patil, we as a nation have grown stronger and stronger. We are already a major economy of the world and hope to be in the league of Developed nations very soon.Feudal Indian society bestows respect, scornfully ,on those who possess ‘power’ by any means .Yet, politicians are last in the queue despite amassing unimaginable wealth by all perceivable corrupt measures. That’s the reason that till now,whenever any bright and young politically inclined person shows his intent to venture into politics,he becomes an outcast and is at the risk of being thrown out of his home. Sometimes his action might cause a heart attack to his parents. Not many venture into politics anyway, fearing condemnation and being looked down upon. The strong apathy, particularly among the middle class of our society leaves the political field wide open to be occupied and exploited by all kinds of people.There are very few politicians who are civilised and honest.There are still a very few who have emerged from the political grind and have left their distinctive mark; but for the majority, there are no appropriate words to describe . As for the present ministers some are really outstanding.
The Minister for Home Affairs is considered to be next to the Prime Minister. Our present Home Minister, Shivraj Patil is often in the line of fire from the opposition for giving more attention to his wardrobe than the various bomb blasts and other unfortunate incidents that keep taking place in various parts of country. The people of this country and opposition parties do not appreciate the fact that the minister has to make statements in the Parliament after such heinous incidents! So what if there are innumerable speech writers associated as advisors with the ministry! After all, the minister has to stand up and repeat those words prepared for the occasion!
Mr.Patil went in oblivion after loosing repeatedly but he kept the Congress deity,Sonia Gandhi, happy and she too reciprocated his ‘chamchagiri’ by making him the Home Minister of India.She perhaps knew that giving Patil such an important ministry would be safe as he would do nothing without her prior permission.Mr. Patil went ahead a step further,got made dozens of suits and enjoyed perks doing nothing.But this act of Sonia’s benevolence proved very costly to the nation as the enemies of the nation interpreted these as soft measures.Terrorists got emboldened and spread their network throughout the country.
The very vociferous MP, Prabhunath Singh narrated an incident in the Parliament that supposedly happened in the Harihar Nath festival some years ago. The month long festival, also known as Sonpur Mela is famous for cattle trade. Once a trader asked for Rs 30,000 for a good and healthy cow. When enquired how much milk she could give, the trader replied that she did not give any milk but her good looks justified the price tag. Take it or leave it! After concluding, Prabhunath Singh requested Sonia Gandhi that the country deserved a minister who works and is accountable. But being a seasoned politician, he would know that his request would go in vain.
The Home Minister is in very good company as his two Ministers-of-State in his ministry are always busy studio hopping. They must be feeling very exhausted at the end of the day. Their agony gets intensified when some ghastly incident takes place and they have to rush to that place to assess the situation. “Narendra Modi” and “Khandhar Hijacking” incidents are their answers to any query or question put to them. Ask them about the police reform and they will start telling you how Narendra Modi is behaving like a dictator. Ask further about the repeated intelligence failure and they will cite the Khandhar incident.
The British left the shores of India six decades ago but we have kept and preserved the same laws, which govern our police force. Whoever is ruling, wants to use police as instruments of power. One has to buy a dictionary of political science before asking any question to them about police reform. State list, central list, concurrent list—all kinds of excuses are put forward and the same has been the standard response for decades now.
Even after 61 years of Independence, the citizens of this country feel so helpless.These leaders who proudly announce ex-gratia payments at the death of the victims, for the bereaved families use ‘shameless’ brand of oil to keep their skin insensitive and thick. Admit the failures and the nation would forgive but don’t take India and Indians for a ride.