Scamisthan or Scamdia
I had to find some satire on Hindustan and India, and with all the scams (unending and continuous like a soap opera on the USA day time television) going on and on, and the most valuable resources of the country, both real and political being abused to no end, had to name this week’s column with satire. The entire nation both at the center and at the state levels is embroiled in some irregularity or the other, and it is never ending. Every resource of the nation be it visible, invisible on the ground or under it has been subjected to massive misappropriation. The people of the country, who enjoyed quite a ride for sometime as a developing nation and with information services as one of the main drivers pushing along with telecommunications, suddenly seem to be embroiled in scams and scams, and there is no end to the abuse of democracy by politicians and bureaucrats.
The government at the center is oblivious to the issues that are plaguing the country and no one seem to be in charge of controlling the misuse of office and national resources. The highest office of the country seems to simply challenge a trust motion verses owning up to the issues that are continuing to be of issue to the national interest. By having a coalition of parties to form a government that simply survives is not a basic model for democracy. The fundamental principles and rights of the nation and its people should be upheld in democracies while protecting the basic rights and the national interests. India has simply forgotten these in the past few years.
The intelligent and intellectual leaders of the nation seem to be helpless in managing the resources and the cabinet colleagues. Everyone is only interested in how much they can scam in every aspect of the resources of the nation, and nothing else, and the powers in control cannot control the abuse, nor act to stop any future misuse of power.
Democracies are meant to be placing people in power to manage the country’s resources and maintain a stable and developing economy and protect it from internal and external strife. For India there seem to be threat to the country from anywhere but from within, and that too from the people in power.
It took probably forty years of independence and democratic rule (if we want to call that) to start seeing economic development in the country, but it took just a couple of years to scam the people of hundreds of billions which could have been best invested to educate, feed and develop the infrastructure to global standards. The country has simply squandered the opportunity to be a global leader, rather choosing to be a loser of opportunity.