When the foundation of this country was laid; it was laid on the principle 'That every individual regardless of his religion, social standing or caste would be treated as equal' however, it seems that with time, as the country progressed into the modern age, the above statement holds no more meaning; at least for the political class. Politicians today have segregated people based on their religion, caste and region with different political parties supporting separate communities and no one really wanting to bring everyone together and promote communal harmony; as it fuels their political ambitions.
In a country where more than half the population is finding it hard to make ends meet, a country where intrusions by armies of different nations and terrorists are on the rise, and communal tensions ripping the population apart; politicians are busy making pre-poll promises and passing bills to force people into believing that the government is indeed doing something— and this is not just the case with the current government in power— every political party makes promises which it later completely forgets. My question is “
Are they even concerned with what this country really wants? Or are they just too busy trying to figure out how to remain in power?”
My heart cries seeing the ways that people have been divided based on their religion, caste and social status; especially since our constitution gives us the right to equality. So why is that even after so many years of gaining independence, we still feel trapped in this vicious cycle of caste and region based politics-- ‘Divide and Rule’ that’s what the Britishers did when they were ruling this country; too bad, that almost nothing has changed since they left—Politicians are still further dividing the country into smaller states and claiming that it would help with the administration; all this so that they can remain in power.
If the current situation continues and the political class doesn’t wake up to the real issues that the country faces today like a declining economy, growing unemployment, inflation, corruption, poverty, hunger and national security; then there probably wouldn’t be any people left to represent—and this the leaders need to understand, that these issues are for real and not a state of mind; as they would have us believe. India has been a nation that has stood steadfast in the face of testing times, hoping that one day we will rise; however, the patience is running out now and people want concrete steps to be taken and not token promises.
Make policies, but do so for everyone, so that no one feels left out. It’s time to let go of vote bank politics and rise up to the occasion-- it’s time to‘walk the talk.’ India has been a symbol of ‘Unity in Diversity’ for the world since ages, destroying its unity will eventually destroy the nation as people will lose confidence in the political establishment of the country. I am a common citizen of India and I believe that commoners of a country don’t have time to take to streets demanding a separate state, special status etc.
We are too busy fighting our own wars and meeting ends meet. What we want is a secure future for ourselves and our children, a safe environment, affordable healthcare, education and above all “A country where everyone lives in a fearless society” and that would only be possible if politicians end their quest for vote bank politics and start focusing on politics of development; failing which, this once great nation will further deteriorate into the depths of anarchy and we will end up making a complete mockery of the word‘Democracy.’
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