Arise, Awake, Act!

Vivekananda SwamiIt is so obvious now! Congress is getting desperate by the day because of NaMo. While the urban and savvy rural population is clued in to what is “really” going on, the illiterate toil on for their daily wages and food completely oblivious to the political scene. That’s a luxury they cannot afford, or dare, to indulge in for the fear of retributions. Such is the pathetic state of our social, political and economic systems.

For 60 plus years, our leaders have done their best to keep us in the dark by mutilating our education institutions, our business climate, power equations, moral and patriotic character by dividing the society among castes and sub-castes, race, religion, culture, language, geography you name it! And how they have succeeded… Just look at the powerful combinations of money and power they wield unabashedly now “in our faces.” They commit murder, loot, rape, corrupt, bend the legal system and get away with it while the “aam admi” looks helplessly on. Why?

One person comes along and challenges this well-entrenched system and they are all running scared? What is this “minimum government, maximum governance” he is talking about? What is wrong with him that he eschews “vote-bank politics?” How can he say “mein khata nahi hu, khilata bhi nahi hu!” How can he get re-elected THREE times in a row when he governs the state with one of the smallest cabinet of ministers? As Lalu Prasad Yadav says “ye itey witey (IT – Information Technology) kya hai?”

So what can we do about it? First and foremost, we have to exercise our right to put the “right” people in the governance. That’s one thing we can do without interference (mostly) and on our own will (most of us). So we know we have to pick the best among the worst lot of criminals, rapists, looteras what have you. We gave Congress so many years to set things straight. They not only did NOT do that, they spent all these years accumulating wealth (unbelievable amount of it) and power by putting their cohorts in places of bureaucracy (judges, commissioners, defense people etc.) where it really matters. Now they want to use that money and power to stay in power. It is up to us to see to it that it does not happen.

No regional party is up to the task of nation building for obvious reasons. Just see the conditions of individual states like W. Bengal, Kerala, U.P., Tamilnadu, even Maharashtra where NCP and Shivsena/MNS are active. If one looks at the video footage of old Mumbai, the destruction of wide open spaces is gut-wrenching. All these years, government after government, could not develop vision to raise more cities to take away Mumbai’s burden. The old charm is all but finished, completely destroyed – all that is left is a mass of concrete filled with human robots but devoid of humanity. They have proved to be totally inept at governing.

So do we put all our eggs in ONE BASKET called NaMo? We have to… There is no other choice. If anyone can save Mother India from the chaos and abyss it finds itself in now, it has to be NaMo. Who else can boast of a better track record as of today? Who else has shown guts, courage, vision, administrative ability, patriotism, can-do and will-do mentality, (and with people’s blessings) better than NaMo? The answer is NOBODY, period!

Read the history of United States of America, or England, or France, or any other great democratic nation. One will observe that they did not start out at the onset by giving voting rights to every citizen. The most powerful and rich landowners only had these rights to choose their political leaders. The poor, women and blacks came much later. But because these societies were more cohesive than ours which is divided among religious, language, cultural grounds; they were able to expand their horizons to include more of society in the collective decision making systems. The resultant wealth, health, money, power and advances in all spheres of life are there for everyone to see.

Our forefathers gave voting rights to everyone AT THE OUTSET! They believed in the innate wisdom of every individual to act in his/her self-interest but also to act in the collective interest of the nation. Alas, the first part is true but the second is not. The poor will give their votes freely under coercion but even willingly to those who promise them “free” food, “free” appliances, “free” jobs, “free” quotas everywhere, “free” education, “free” power…. The fact of the matter sadly is that none of this is “FREE” ! Someone pays, someone always pays. So the society pays in crime, corruption, selfishness, immorality, and the worst part is it divides the society ever more subtly but firmly than any of this media talk about secularism/non-secularism/pseudo-secularism ever does. Among the so-called educated professionals and businessmen who voted politicians into power based on their self-indulgent needs are also paying the price of their follies by putting up with non-existent or crumbling, pathetic infrastructure, financial institutions, flip-flop policies etc. These rich people forget that there is always someone willing to pay the higher price to get what they want. And the crumbs is what we all end up with. So who wins? NOBODY wins. But who suffers? WE ALL DO. And this is how India, an ancient superpower has lost its right, might, and fight.

Luckily nothing is permanent in this ever ephemeral world. Vedas invoke us to – “Jagrut, Uttistha, Kuru!”
Dear fellow citizens, that time has come to Arise, Awake, and Act! There is a hope, a silver lining, that provokes us to change the way we have been doing things. Let us vote not in self-interest but for the interest of the nation. Let us throw away the current leaders and make way for a new vibrant India that can reclaim its rightful place in human history. I conclude with Swami Vivekanand’s quote –

“If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed Punya Bhumi, to be the land to which all souls on this earth must come to account for Karma, the land to which every soul that is wending its way Godward must come to attain its last home, the land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and of spirituality – it is India.”

Jai Hind

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