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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink
Mechanical darkness can be removed, but the darkness that settles on our soul cannot so easily be removed. Scams and corruption had been there, and now ethnic conflicts have become violent. Separatism and communalism are raising their ugly heads in India.

RECENTLY, DARKNESS settled on the country at noon when the biggest power outage in history struck 600 million people in India with three grids having collapsed. The blackout affected all. Darkness caused by mechanical failure has been commendably repaired. But the darkness which is gradually settling on  our soul cannot be so easily removed.

In all spheres of life India, there are scams and corruption and even religious people turning social activists cannot save the situation. Baba Ramdev with all his theatre of the absurd cannot hold the audience mesmerized. People have raised the questions of Baba’s own integrity. Anna’s coming was boomed like anything, and many have started comparing him with Jay Prakash Narayan and even with Gandhi.

But today he is so confused and frustrated, that he after taking all potshots at the politicians himself is toying with the idea of joining politics. The rift is greater now the duo - Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare. The Guwahati gang –molestation of a teenager is the darkest of all incidents. Till today nothing much is done except caging 15 out of 17 beasts. The dark night rises really with the moral and spiritual values becoming topsy turvy.

Still, darker seems to be killing of muslims in Assam and today also in Myanmar. This kind of violence can make the separatists active and already the Kashmiri Women's separatist leader Syeda Asiya Andrabi led a protest in Srinagar against the 'persecution of muslims in Myanmar (Burma) and Assam' offering them shelter in Kashmir. Asiya Andrabi, who heads Dukhtaran-e-Milat (Daughters of Faith), staged a protest along with dozens of her supporters carrying placards and raising slogans against the alleged massacre of muslims in Myanmar. This has made the dark scenario dismal also. India Government is very much scared of Chinese invasion and terrorist attack in the Siliguri Corridor and a special residential permit is going to be issued for Siliguri, the chicken neck of India. Now, the separatist and communal forces are becoming active all over the country.

In India, people do not like the religious people to don the mantle of politician. Even the Mohandas Gandhi after being called the ‘Mahatma’ could not take political decisions. He had to go above politics as ‘the Father of the Nation’. This is a problem with Anna Hazare. We have seen the tremendous appreciation of people when Anna started his crusade. But gradually his popularity is on the wane in just six months and now he has to start speaking of joining politics to fight a more effective battle. Only those who dream big in darkness, can imagine Anna or Baba Ramdev on the chair of the Prime Minister.

The situation is very dark. There is no powerful opposition even in this coalition age. BJP has shown all its chinks during the Presidential election. There is no unity and Modi BJP is different from Vajpayee BJP and the latter again different from Advani BJP and so on if not to mention Susama Swaraj BJP.

I was watching the London Olympics. Gagan Narang was the unexpected contestant to rise so high when Abhinav Bindra had to go. I expected similar things during the reshuffle of Congress ministry. The old order might have changed and given in for the new to come. And herein lies the vacuum. While I think of Rahul Gandhi and the Congress predicament, my mind goes back to the distant past when the young Indira was inducted into the Lal Bahadur Shastri ministry. Rahul Gandhi has certainly failed to come up in Uttar Pradesh with flying colours for the Congress. Will he really be able to give leadership to India?

Indira Gandhi was appointed as the Information and Broadcasting Minister during Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at a much younger age in 1965. But Rahul is still in the waiting. Congress' heir apparent, Rahul Gandhi is not yet inducted in the Manmohan Singh-led government. The arguments are vague.

Rahul will focus on overseeing his party's preparations for the next Lok Sabha Polls. The Nehru-Gandhi scion is himself not much confident  to take up a ministerial position, despite his recent statement that he would play a more proactive role in the party and the government. Rahul is the trump card of the Nehru family now and Sonia is not very keen on using it at this present situation. Darkness prevails. Rahul’s visit to UP did not pay any such dividend.

On the other hand, his part cut a miserable image in UP. Akhilesh Yadav outdid him. There is a huge difference between Indira and Rahul. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indira Gandhi was on a holiday trip to Srinagar. Despite repeated warnings by the security forces that Pakistani insurgents had entered very close to the hotel, she was staying, Gandhi refused to move. The incident fetched her huge national and international media attention. Indira Gandh got 355 votes and was selected for the PM post. Later, she showed extraordinary political skills and elbowed the Congress stalwarts out of power.

The situation is not so favourable for Rahul to be inducted into the ministry at the present moment..There is no doubt that the position of Congress in the country after the Presidential and Vice Presidential  elections seems to be more stable. These two elections have shown the pathetic fissure in the Opposition unity. BJP house looks divided and everything of the NDA coalition is in disarray.

Darkness is always a subject that haunts all of us. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody” - says Mark Twain. My mind goes back to the darkness that is gradually enveloping us in various spheres of our life social and political. In the Elizabethan period in England, the million pound question was : Who will ascend the throne after Queen Elizabeth? In spite of all the corruption charges, all the scams and all the black money questions raised by the social activists, the question still looms large  in India: “After Manmohan Singh who is there to hold the reign of the country?” There are many who will say , there are many and yes, many a cook spoil the broth. There are many to become the Prime Minister and  so there is none as the poet says : “ Water , water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”  Like  Shakespeare’s  Macbeth we may also cry out : “So fould and fair a day I have not seen”. It is the worst of time for the nation.

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