But, is it nothing to know when you are dying, when you are about to take leave of this world, of its joys and sorrows, when the past of your life is unfurled before you, when eternity opens wide its portals, is it nothing to know at that last awful,supreme moment of your lives, that you have not lived in vain, that you have lived for the benefit of others, that you have lived to help in the cause of your country's regeneration?

-Surendranath Banerjea

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Redeem India !!!

The fourth among the five phases of elections'09 is at last done with today!Yet another one as far as i'm concerned coz it didn't really make much difference to me than the 2004 one,but that if i was not rightfully eligible to be part of the electoral process then,i decently denied it this time!The Polling percentage being just around 50% in most cities explicitly shows the lack of faith in the democratic set up for the youth.

Despite holding accolades for the best democratic set up from all over the globe,why do we have such internal unrest?Why does every single literate have that kind of an aversion to politics,to governance,to even casting their votes!?

Ain't this video incomplete?
Alright,setting benchmark for the candidate's educational credentials,work experience is all unavoidable yet brazenly ignored stuffs..But as far as an ever 'developing country' as India is concerned,the mandatory aspect has to be made the criminal background.How many among the 545 MPs have a clean chit when it comes to a background check?If not having served a sentence,most have at least been charged guilty firsthand,although the highly corrupt investigative forces as well as judiciary chisled them guiltless in most cases.

Isn't politics becoming increasingly a refuge to the fugitives and criminals?If 14th LS had 120 criminal MP's,I'm afraid if the no: is spiraling with every term of governance..If almost every MP had at least corruption charges against them,it was blanching to see someone like Shibu Soren who has gala time in and out of the prison for serious crimes,woo the UPA with his 5 MP's,all convicted for crimes.

With Sanjay Dutt,who has allegedly been part of the Mumbai twin-blast of the '90's,Dhananjay Singh,the mafia leader from UP,being some of the most prominent ones,2009 is not gonna be any better to 2004..

If this situation persists,the acme of Indian democracy is gonna be filled with the worst of all the gangsters,who has no adherance to the responsibility of safeguarding a layman's interest or protection..If this is gonna be the case,who's gonna scratch the head if more of 26/11 recurs?

If we,who have the history of gratifying the murderers and assassins like,Phoolan devi,Pappu Yadav,Sheikh Shahabbudin,do not redeem,are gonna portray ourselves with a group of illiterate schmucks and the mafia in the power centre,even while advancing for the status of global power!

When we have a situation when we cannot even dream of being a govt servant with a charge of an offence,even a fake one,and when we have a situation when we are offered the pink slip on being proved guilty,we have no such regulations when it comes to politics.How fair is that??

Isn't it high time we adopt a system as in the US where only those who've served the military gain the candidature?Isn't it high time we set an academic threshold?Isn't it high time we conduct pre-electoral debates to measure how well a candidate would serve the citizens' needs?

Isn't it time for a change??Isn't it time we stop resorting to the "Shut up and Vote" strategy and make ourselves heard????

Khuda Hafiz


Thousif Raza M.B said...

True, True, True

every word that you have written in this post is absolutely true

i do wish that this 'system of a down' would change for the better, as would every other indian

one hell of a post gayathri

and thx for the comment in the blog, i had not seen it earlier sorry ya

take care and keep writing........

Gayathri said...

@thousif,thanks a lot :)..

Dream'R said...

And how do u plan to do that??....y not just ignore voting all together and go watch the IPL instead ;-) hehe.

On a serious note, u r right and what we need is a YUVA like movement but think about it how many of us r ready to give up our so called guaranteed safe careers and get into politics..its one big risk and a major sacrifice but it will mean a better un corrupt future for our country ..but not very feasible is it..;-)


Gayathri said...

@amith,i know..things are better said than done..but it's sickening to be in such a society where we are ruled with the yardsticks of caste and creed..

mon espace said...

This is particularly interesting. You'll know why if you check out a post of mine titled "Jaago Re". Its in my fav posts list. I am very interested to gain ur insight on that post.

As for this post, yes. Its time. How do u plan on making a difference?

Anyhoo, read the post. May the debates begin! :P

Btw..Its refreshing to find someone who writes about more than just hair, shoes and make up. :) So keep at it.

Gayathri said...

@veda,yeah i had read your post and left the comment..
and man,i disapprove of this 'shut up and vote'..whats the point in remaining silent??

Zubin said...

Nice Blog :), and this is my maiden comment so Hi! I just want to make a point that 60 % turnout total is huge for India. and 50 % in cities is not that bad as people think!! It does not have to be highlighted as a point of major concern. India has always got the highest voter turnout compared to many developed democracies too. Only if the turnout dips suddenly by more than 5 % from the previous polls , than there is a need to be alarmed. Its just an opinion and by and large, I am in agreement with your post. :)

Gayathri said...

@Zubin,yeah may be 50% turn out is not that bad,..but still bad right..when half of the population abstains from voting,there has to be sth to rethink about..

anyhow,thanks for dropping by..and hope to see you around :)