No Way Out

Vasu Reddy From Chicago
vasureddy@aol.com

What will happen to India and its people?  If we continue to be held hostage to scams, murder and rape, and disinterest in the society by the ones who are a privileged few in a large country with a vast population.  Earlier today one of the fellow NRI’s was wondering what will happen to India, if we continue to face such serious social issues that are highlighted everyday in India.  He wondered what kind of future the generations of today will have if we don’t make appropriate adjustments to the behavior of the general public and callousness in dealing with fellow human beings.  For a moment one has to wonder why a man 10,000 miles away from his home is worried, and what will be going on in the minds of the men and women who live in India, and have to deal with these instances every day.

Everyone loves the country, and no question about it.  Why don’t we show the same respect to our fellow men and women and children?  Why don’t we respect the other person space and property?  Why don’t we follow the rules and regulations?  Why don’t we work hard for what we have and what we need?  Why don’t we find ways of self-sustaining?  Why don’t we stop looking for ways to cut short the queue?  Why and how and what if; so many things we can be doing as a democratic and civil society, but we choose not to.  No one has the answer to the many questions on why we don’t want to be a society of laws and regulations.  Each and every person of Indian descent; if they live in India or living elsewhere must wonder what is happening to India.

A government full of yes men who got elected with the power of the money or on the name of the party, managed by a group of old men and women who are far too removed from the civilians, autocrats that are just sitting and following politicians orders, government agencies working on the whims of elected officials, any other agency or organization that is a part of the system that is not independent and cannot function to its principals.  Government in power at the center being far too removed from the states and functioning of each of the local bodies to be able to help and guide them to meet the needs of the people.  So much disconnect in the country that no one knows what the plan of action to deal with the ever increasing demand for resources and education and infrastructure.

While the country so how sustains on year to year basis; there is no plan for overall development and how the needs of the billion plus people can be met.  The continued emphasis is on keeping the seat or continuing in power at any cost.  The nation does have highly intelligent and educated leaders, who for some reason have forgotten their experience and education.  Many of the center and state level politicians have the ability to plan and implement programs for the requirements of the people, but they have simply forgotten their abilities and only focus on retaining their seats.

India has skipped the industrial revolution, financial revolution and information revolution, web revolution and whatever other revolutions that might have been a part of the global phenomenon in the last three generations, and only embraced the intolerance and impertinence of a whole country’s population.  Whatever gains the country makes in participating in the global enterprise, gets quickly erased by the deeds of its citizens and specially politicians.

In a country where there is no respect for laws and the country cannot embrace adopting laws that will protect its citizens, it will be very difficult to find its way out of indecency and incompetence.  Just a few pockets of excellence cannot be termed as guiding lights to the entire population.  We must do soul searching and self-respect for the country, its citizens and the society as a whole.  It is improbable that the current leaders and the standards they have set and the path they leading the country, will be ever a basis for a true and independent democracy.  We have become a society that has no respect for our fellow beings, and we are run by leaders who neither has the courage to tackle the nations wrongs nor the encroachment by the neighbor nations.  We are simple in run by leaders who are looking out for their seats and how to win the next election, and while in power making sure that they make as much hay as possible.  There is no way out for the citizens from the vicious circle of scams and incompetence.

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