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Army jawan ties shoe laces of Rajnath Singh: what type of democracy are we in?
Thanks to Ishwar, Allah and Lord Rama that our Home Minister is absolutely in the swing and in the pink of his health as the following report dated 11 Sep 2014 reveals: "The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the integration of Border Security Force (BSF) with Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo informatics (BISAG) project of Gujarat Government today at BSF Camp, Bhuj. The Home Minister was briefed about the details and utility of BISAG and need for dedicated, encrypted channel for Para Military Forces."

Let us push aside the above story and take up a picture that had shocked the nation. In Jammu and Kashmir, an army jawan is shown bending down to tie the shoe of Mr. Rajnath Singh ! India is working democracy where everyone is equal, We are assigned various responsibilities and strictly speaking – tightening the shoe of a physically fit superior is not one of them.

"Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage."

Some attribute the above quote to Alexander Tytler; some disagree. However this quote is known as part of  "The truth of Tytler".

The subject of this article is not to discuss and condemn the fiscal policies of Congress Party or white wash of NDA economic adventures in this regard. My main emphasis is laid on the last two phrases – "…..from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage."

Nations rise and fall. Every nation has followed this progression from bondage to bondage and the nations of these centuries will not be different. Marxists believe that these are fixed and intractable laws of history. But we live in a world that has a lot to do with ethics and spirituality. The unique problems we encounter today are the symptoms of the spiritual deterioration of a nation.

For us, spiritual principles and political attitudes both govern the life. We may feel that these are obscure and difficult to discern but they are visible to anyone willing to look.  George Santayana said that "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it." The philosopher Hegel said, "What experience and history teach us is this: that people and government never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it." Or as Winston Churchill said, "The one thing we have learned from history is that we don't learn from history."

Sycophancy is convoluted form of bondage. After the unprecedented victory of BJP in last Lok Sabha elections the field of media is awash with sycophants. It is understandable. Everyone salutes the rising son. To answer this observation, the quick missile from 'political iron dome' would be fired wih the following script: "It can't happen here," or "Our country is different." They would claim that defeat and frustration give rise to such negative thoughts. Media is putting the facts as they are. We aren't lickspitting any one.

But why the other important organs of country should behave so meek, humble and obesience?

Historians have listed the ten stages that every great civilization in the world had come to pass.

The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. The second from spiritual faith to great courage. The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency. The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy. The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence. And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.

This lengthy preamble was necessary to establish one solid argument: "We are not the nation of slaves and if our proud army man had to condescend low and he feels compelled to tight the shoe of Home Minister than there is something alarmingly wrong with every value that we stand for. Our moral fabric is stressed too far."

In past was ugly to watch a police officer squatting at the feet of a UP minister; It is doubly shocking to see a FAUJI JAWAN bending down to tight the shoe of Home Minister, ensconced in a chair and sporting some funny western headgear.

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