Before starting this blog, let me make it very clear that I am not an Expert, neither a Freedom Fighter, nor a Politician or a Celebrity. So who I am? Well, I am a common man. A common man, who is supposed to be the most powerful person (at least on papers), in the Democratic Nation called India. A common man, who loves his nation, who believes in love and respect for everyone and who also has dreams for his country. So this blog is to voice the dreams and the views of a common man, about his pride, his ‘Motherland’.
I would like to start my blog by quoting the beautiful lines written in the honour of India by Mr Muhammed Iqbal, “Kuch baat hai ke hasti mit-ti nahein hamaari, sadiyon raha hai dushman daur-e-jahaan hamaaraa”. ‘India’, whenever this word comes to my mind a sensation of ‘Pride’ runs in my veins. I am indeed very thankful to the almighty for giving me this opportunity to be a part of a peaceful nation. I owe a lot to my country and I feel privileged to be a part of such a diversified nation. Although, I am a common man but I do have a lot of dreams about my country. The dreams that may look imprudent and unachievable at times, the dreams that may be far from reality for others, but as the famous dialogue of an Indian film ‘Chennai Express’ says “Never Underestimate the Power of a Common Man”. So yes, I have every hope that ‘WE’ the common united people of India will achieve these dreams one day. “Hum hongey kamiyab ek din, Oh ho mann mein hai vishwas, pura hai vishwas, Hum hongey kamiyab ek din”.
So here I am penning down some of the dreams, views, and suggestions from a common man’s perspective about how he wants his nation to be like –
“One India” – The first and the foremost dream of this common man is to have “One India”. One India implies merging of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh back into one nation. After all, they are the offspring’s of India, right? Wouldn’t it be a family reunion? Can’t we reunite and pledge to stay together peacefully forever? Isn’t it in the common interest to forget our past, to flush away our hard feelings and to reunite for larger sake? Who got benefited from the geographical division? Did India achieve what it could have achieved if we were united i.e. Pakistan and Bangladesh were a part of India? Similarly, did our separated parts achieve what they could have if they were part of One India?
I hope we realize that those who wanted to rule us, even after we acquired independence, created the differences in our hearts, in our geographies and we still keep on following their “Divide and Rule” policy. Can’t we take a lesson from the story being taught in the kindergarten; the moral of which states that “In the fight between the cats, it’s the monkey who takes the advantage”? Wars and divisions have never benefited anyone. Peace and unity are the energizing factors of Our Universe. We, humans, are born to stay together. We should work towards the boundary-less “One India” or else one day Nature will exhibit us that the Supreme Soul above, is and will always be, more powerful to swipe away any human-created boundaries.
‘One India’ nothing less than that, not even an inch of partition in hearts, in geographies, is acceptable by a common man. I know every learned soul will discard this thought by saying it as the most ridiculous and unachievable thing ever heard. But still, I do believe in the power of a common man and I have every hope that a day will come when we will be “One India” again.
Developing Nation – If we look at the urban India we can say that India is developing and is on the right path to achieve greater success in the years to come. However, a thought strike in the mind that can a nation which is still struggling for the basic amenities to survive, could be categorised as a Developing Nation? Well frankly yes, it could be very well categorised as a Developing Nation, at least on papers, with figures from as many sources/surveys as required.
But, the reality is not hidden from those who can observe their surroundings. With the majority of its population residing in villages, a nation could progress only when the development reaches in the last corner of the smallest village on its map. But the harsh reality is that these villages are the one where even after so many years of civilization the basic amenities like sanitation, water, road, electricity, etcetera is still a dream to be achieved in decades to come. Can we imagine that still a lot of the villages do not even have the covered toilets? Isn’t it a matter of shame for the society that people defecate in open? No need to measure the length in the interiors of the villages, the feel of development could be very well sensed from the point where the Municipal limit of a city ends and the demarcation line of the Gram Panchayat of the village begins. Claiming about the development of a country in public speeches, seminars and research papers, etcetera is one thing and its reality on the ground is altogether a different thing.
On the contrary, there are a number of villages wherein due to the all-round support and willingness of Individuals, Panchayat, Government, NGOs etcetera a remarkable work has been done for the upliftment of the people and in turn the manifold growth of the entire village could be seen in those areas. Now, it’s for us as a society to take the initiatives, implement the good things in our respective areas and set an example by contributing our little bit towards the development of our nation. Practise of sharing the good work implemented in other areas should be mandatorily a part of every system. Do remember that without the involvement of the entire society a nation could not develop. “Together we can and we will make a difference”.
Reservation-free India – Is reservation the only means to uplift the backward class? Is talent dependent on caste? If the answer to both these questions is in affirmative then surely implement reservation in each and every single field. We all know that in order to uplift someone, the support is needed, but reservation in “Opportunities” by no chance could be construed as supporting the backward class. Isn’t free and compulsory education the only way to uplift the backward class? Give them financial assistance to study, give them support to grow. But what is the need to reserve the opportunities?
Doesn’t reservation create discrimination between classes? Isn’t reservation a way to say that since you belong to a backward class, so you are being privileged to have a particular position (and not because of your talent or qualification)? Aren’t we creating differences between classes by implementing reservation? Reservation breeds inequality, and freedom is all about equality. So in a free nation, there is no place for reservation.
Just imagine if we implement reservation in schools/colleges and the students who are from reserved class gets 5%, 10%, or 15% as a grace marks over and above the percentage/grade they achieved based on their performance. Isn’t this situation a mirror to portray what impact the reservation will have on the mindsets of people who are sweating hard to achieve what they deserve, based only and only on their performance? Before implementing reservation give it a thought that if the reservation was implemented in sports then how many Sachin Tendulkar, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza, Leander Paes could have even born in India, forget about achieving the milestones.
A time will come when the supporters of the reservation will fight for having the same percentage of reservation, as other reserved classes are enjoying. What option will the country have at that time? Future will showcase that those who are unreserved will come out in open for their rights too. Do remember that even if 100% Opportunities are reserved then also talent will find its way. Talent is not dependent on the reservation. Hope politics on the reservation is stopped and we move towards unreserved India, free India, and talented India.
Crime free India – The crime graph is rising to extreme heights with every passing day. While the system seems either helpless in front of the criminals or else it is more criminal favouring rather than helping the victims. Every day a lot of cases of rape, molestation, acid attacks, corruption, scams, extortion, abuses, molestation, bribery, fraud etcetera are appearing in the news but not even a single policy has been implemented to ensure that no such cases will happen in future. Is it that difficult to have the fear of law in the heart of those who conduct such acts or are we somehow giving them the freedom to do all such acts? Will it not be right to say that criminals are not afraid of the law in the country? It seems the common man is bound to live their entire life in fear, while those who are involved in criminal activities are actually enjoying a stress-free life.
The growth in the number of rape cases is too scaring. What a shameful and alarming situation for any country to get 4-5 rapes cases registered every hour. We can just imagine what will be the figure like when the number of cases that do not get registered or the cases of Domestic Violence etcetera comes on record. Aren’t we taking such cases too casually? Can we put our hand on our heart and claim that we have a zero tolerance policy in all such cases? Just name one ‘successful’ measure that our society, our government has taken to bring down such cases. It’s a humble request of this common man that irrespective of all the other measures to stop such cases, “It’s a high time we male take a pledge, that let the female be our mother, sister, friend, colleague, wife or in any other relation to name with but never ever be our victim”.
Corruption has spread its roots in every field. The entire system has doped into the influence of corruption. None of the department seems unaffected by the virus of corruption, be it hospitals, government departments, tax offices, government investigation agencies, real estate sector, registration offices, courts, etcetera. Those few who are honest in the system feels suffocated with the polluted air in which they have to work. It seems as if it is the corrupt people who majorly rules over every system in the democratic nation and honest people either have to keep their eyes closed or else have to change according to their norms.
Scams have touched every single field. Every new scam that is getting unearthed seems to be on a larger scale and involves more funds than the earlier scams. Scams like ‘Vyapam Scam’ are turning out to be a synonym of endless deaths. Investigating officers are being killed, reporters are being murdered and witnesses are slaughtered to death. All in all, people who know the truth or are trying to unearth the same, are either being killed or if alive, by any chance, are having a threat on their life. “Sach kadwa hota hai” yeh suna tha, par shayad “Sach khoon se bhi ranga hota hai”. The number of murders clearly indicates the involvement of influential people. But still, the responsible authorities/departments choose to keep mum and be a mere spectator to all that is happening in front of their eyes.
Whistle Blowers are being killed; RTI activists are brutally slaughtered, Journalists are murdered. Isn’t security one of the most important issues, as on date? How many of us really feel secure? Aren’t we all scared that anything bad can happen, any moment to people around us? Is our city, our country actually safe? How can governments and security forces tolerate such illegal acts? Are they scared or are they also involved with these corrupt people?
However, there are a few cities/villages whose model needs to be looked upon for curbing the crime incidences. In a few parts of India, a wonderful system of public-police bonding have been implemented which have actually helped the crime rate to drop substantially in those areas. This, in itself, shows that in the other parts of the country there is a huge gap in the public-police relation and just by bridging this gap, the situation could be brought under control. Till the time people are not comfortable with the police department and keep thinking them as their enemies, this situation is not going to be any better. Police need to take some real path breaking initiatives to curb the ever-expanding wings of crime; else to have a peaceful state will be just an unachievable dream.
At the same time, we as a society should also understand our responsibility to stop the criminals from growing their wings, as well as, help in controlling the crimes. If we actively participate in stopping the crime and counseling the criminals, then most of the criminals would never be born. However, as it is said that not every individual is same, so it is an agreed fact that not all criminals are bound to change. Now, that is where the fear of law comes into the picture. Is not the “fear of being watched” the very first step towards curbing the increasing crimes. Also, for any law enforcing official, to work effectively the first and foremost requirement is ‘Evidence’. Can’t the government install ‘Close-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV Cameras)’ in every nook and cranny? Is it that they cannot think of such ideas or is it that security is not at all an issue for them? As a common man, I can say that for us safety is always a priority over privacy. It’s a high time we bring up a public-private partnership model in this field as well and work towards a Crime Free India.
Terrorism free India – We are spending a substantial amount, year on year, on defense front just to curb the cancer of Terrorism. However, even after spending a huge amount of funds, are we actually able to remove terrorism from our soil? We all know that the common people of any country are always the believer of peace. Then who are these supporters of all the unrest that is developing in the entire world? Is it possible for a few bunch of terrorist to rule over millions of innocent people who hate any kind of violence?
If terrorism could be eradicated from Punjab, which was once plagued by it, why cannot the entire nation be set free from it? Can’t we take a lesson from Punjab and work on an Anti-Terrorism model to be implemented in the entire nation? Are we lacking on account of political willingness, social awareness or is there any hidden agenda behind it? It’s enough now; we have been tolerating terrorism since long. It’s a high time we wake up and eradicate the cancer of terrorism from our motherland. Else, one day it will be too late for us, even to mourn on our cowardliness.
Suicide Cases – There is a substantial increase in the number of suicide cases especially among the farmers and students. Farmers are the backbone of our economy and Students are the future of our nation. When the backbone and the future of any country are in a danger zone, then it’s the alarming time for any nation to analyse what is going wrong in the entire chain and rectify it immediately.
There is a huge rise in the number of farmers who are committing suicides because they don’t have anything to eat and are highly indebted. Can we imagine a situation wherein the producer of food grains is living in a condition where he has nothing to feed to his own family? If renowned actors Mr. Nana Patekar and Mr. Makrand could personally visit the farmers, give them financial support, as well as, share their number with them and tell them not to commit suicides, instead call them in case of any need, then why can’t we as a society do the same thing in our local community? Also, would like to mention an initiative “Annadaan” taken by the Hindi Daily Newspaper “Dainik Bhaskar” for the farmers of Marathwada region. Wherein the food grains will be collected from the public and then will be supplied to the farmers of Marathwada region who are suffering from drought and debt. Isn’t it the best way to help these people who have lost the faith and confidence in themselves? Would not it be motivating for them to know that someone is standing alongside them in their testing times? Do remember that when we lose a farmer, it creates a vacuum in the equilibrium of the entire food supply chain, which is an irrecoverable loss. The choice is ours what we want to leave for our future generation, farm-grown products or factory packed tin foods.
Similarly, the statistics show a steep rise in the number of students committing suicides because of the mental pressure of achieving extraordinary performance and good grades in the exams. Isn’t this shocking? Aren’t we as a society responsible for being unable to build the confidence in the students that failure is part and parcel of the life? “One who never failed is the one who actually never appeared for a test in life”. Quoting the words of Mr Azeem Dehalvi, “Girtey hain sheh-savar he maidan-e-jung mein, Woh tifl kya girey jo ghutno ke bal chaley”. Let all know that “Failure is one of the best teachers”. What is more important for us, to feel pride in producing scholar students or to have a satisfaction in moulding them as a good human being? Are only the scholar students successful in life? Is success really dependent on the grades one achieves in their academics? If not, then why are we so concerned about forcing the students to get good grades but don’t even bother to think whether they are going to have a good persona in life or not, whether the curriculum is appropriate or not, whether the grading system is to motivate or to demoralize the students. The evaluation criteria should be one which motivates the students rather than building the fear of failure in their heart. Isn’t it surprising to know that the weight of the school bag of a kid is more than the weight of the laptop a grown up carries to their office? What a pity that most of the schools are not even bothered about the health issues that are going to affect the generations to come due to the burden of bags they carry on their small shoulders. Hope we will bring a radical change in our thought process, revamp the entire system and the evaluation criteria for the performance of the students and most importantly are able to stop these “Pressure Killing” incidences.
Political Scenario – Politics is the one field which directs the future of any country. Hence each one of us is equally responsible for choosing the right politicians, as well as, ensuring that the policies are framed for the overall development of the country and not for the favoured few. We need to check that politicians don’t fool around our emotions. We need to make them accountable for all the promises they make at the time of the election, especially in their Pre-election manifestos. Let them be responsible enough to speak what they really mean, rather than serving Jumlas to the innocent public.
The Election commission has done a remarkable job in controlling the flow of money, alcohol and other means of influencing during the time of elections. However, the election commission has to travel a long path for cleaning up the dirty political system. Vomiting in the name of public speeches to arouse the sentiments of innocent people should not be tolerated at all. Election Commission should take note of all such hatred speeches and ensure to take severe actions against those involved in the same.
First of all, we need to pledge that we will vote without fail and while voting the only principle that we will keep in our mind will be “Either ‘BEST’ or None Of The Above (‘NOTA’)”. It is our duty to ensure that we are electing the BEST person for the job or else we choose NOTA. Honourable Supreme Court has made a remarkable judgment to include NOTA option in the list of candidates. However, NOTA will only be effective when a rule is made, that if the majority of votes are cast against NOTA, then re-election will be required to be conducted in that particular territory. Similarly, the long-pending demand of “Right to Recall” the candidates, who fail to perform as per the expectations of the public should be implemented, as soon as possible. As of now, once the candidates get elected, most of them do not care to perform their duties for the next 5 years because they have to face the next election only after 5 years. So, “Right to Recall” will be the best way to ensure that either the elected member performs in a manner that is expected from them or else the public will have the right to recall them back.
I believe that we should cast our vote solely based on the CANDIDATE representing our specific area. Thus, it is for each one of us to decide, either we want to blindly faith the parties or else we want to support the agendas (irrespective of the parties) which we find right. The basic thought behind keeping a certain age, as an eligibility norm for voting, is to ensure that the person who is eligible to vote attains the maturity to think independently and take the right decisions thereof. So each one of us should think and vote, without getting influenced by anything. Once again I will repeat the principle “Either ‘BEST’ or None Of The Above (‘NOTA’)”.
Economic Condition – Mostly every year the figures show that our economy is growing at a fast pace. That’s very good news for any nation, isn’t it? Well, it could be said that the urban India is showing a growth track over the years. But if there is not much progress witnessed in the backbone of any economy, i.e. for India it is Agriculture; then would it be right to say that our economy is actually blooming? How much hard we may try to pursue the innocent public by showing the growth in GDP rate, Per Capita Income, blah blah blah, the economy cannot be said to be on the growth path if the agriculture sector is not making any progress. The condition of agriculture and the farmers in our country is not hidden from anyone. Since agriculture is the major player in our economy, so till the time it is taken on priority, we can never ever achieve the desired level of development.
Figures could very well be used to mislead people sitting in their air conditioned rooms but those who actually work on the ground knows the hardcore reality. If we keep patting our backs on figures which are far from reality, then time will definitely show that those who sweat in the harsh conditions knows better economics, then those who keep on playing with the numbers without being aware of the ground realities. It’s a high time for those who dream to be in power for next 15-20 years to realize that till the time economic condition gets better on the ground, their dream would be just a nightmare and the innocent public will chuck out all such claims of growing economy. The real growth in the economy could only be said when the common people witness the growth around their surroundings.
Environment and Pollution – When the world is running after earning carbon credits, we are still eagerly participating in the race of higher carbon emission. It’s a known fact that most of the industries are diligently contributing towards polluting the environment. So isn’t it questionable that how come such industries are able to fetch the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the respective ministry/department? Activists are fighting since long against the industries to stop polluting the environment; however, the industrialist’s lobby has always been able to suppress their voices. But do these industrialists even realize that those activists are not fighting for their individual benefits, instead the activists are fighting to secure a better future for the generations to come, which indeed includes the future generation of the industrialist’s family, as well? What kind of a future we want our next generation to breathe in? Do we intend to cultivate a polluted environment for our children? When are we going to realize that an unpolluted environment is a basic requirement for our very existence?
Similarly, the condition of water availability in a nation, which is mainly dependent on rainwater for cultivation, is in a bad state. Isn’t it interesting to know that when one part of the country is flooding with heavy water, the other part is suffering from severe drought? What happened to the long talked about project of joining the rivers across the nation? Aren’t we all aware that joining the rivers will not only bring prosperity but also contribute in saving the precious life of millions of living beings? Pity that even after so many years, we could not even build consensus between states and come up with a proper mechanism to join the rivers across the nation. Seems the life of a common man is really very cheap or maybe it is not even a matter of concern, for those who frame and implement the policies of our nation.
However, blaming the government or someone else is quite easy. But when we will be questioned for our deeds, will it be possible for us to look into the eyes and say, “Yes we did our best to save our environment”? How can we expect the government to think about controlling the pollution, when even after knowing the bad effects of polythene, we can’t even stop using it on our own. Even if the government bans the usage of polythene, we still keep on using and demanding it. Similarly, isn’t it a matter of shame for us, that in this era our Prime Minister has to start a campaign like “Swach Bharat Abhiyan”? Even a dog first cleans the place and then sits on it, then how come we as a human being, who claims to be the superior of all the living beings, have to be shaken up and told to keep our surroundings clean? The funniest part is that cleaning an area or planting trees has also become a show-off business, where one gets their photographs clicked and appears in the news for a noble cause. I mean do we really care about the cleanliness and environment or is it just a propaganda to catch public attention.
We as a society are equally participating in the rat race of polluting our environment. In order to fulfil our never ending greed’s, we are unthinkably cutting down trees, mountains, agriculture land and water reservoirs etcetera. I do agree that for the development we need to build up infrastructure. But at what cost, what sacrifice? Is snatching away the lands of farmers, cutting down trees, mountains, reservoirs etcetera is the only way to showcase the development? Say for example, if a tree is coming between the blind races of development then would it not be feasible to safely remove that tree from that place and replant it somewhere else? In this era, when we are running after banning each and everything, then isn’t ban on cutting of trees the need of the hour? Can’t we make a law that not even a single tree will be cut down without the permission of the local authorities? Having said that, simply making a law would not be enough but it has to be ensured that it is duly implemented, in the right spirit.
The saying “Better late than never” precisely applies in this situation. Let’s wake up before it’s too late to even have the strength for opening our eyes in the polluted environment. The clean and unpolluted environment is the responsibility and the right of every citizen. Let’s take a pledge to work towards it.
Agriculture Sector – The level of research and technology in agriculture sector is still in a backward state in our country, as compared to other developing nations. Usage of pesticides and chemicals have not only enhanced the dependence on such chemicals but also reduced the produce from the land in the longer run. Even though it’s a known fact that these pesticides and chemicals are harmful to the health of living beings, but still they are not been banned by the government. When a country can witness ban on a noodle then what stops us to ban the harmful chemicals and pesticides? Is it that majority of the decisions are taken to benefit the favoured industrialists/manufacturers or is it that sometimes larger public interest could be kept in mind and some honest decisions could be taken too?
Organic farming is done by very few farmers and the reason behind is mainly that the produce from the land decline in the initial years when they switch on from chemical to organic farming. Can’t government support all such farmers for initial years, when their produce decline, by providing them monetary benefits of some kind? This will surely be a motivating factor for the farmers to switch on to the health beneficial model of farming. When tax exemptions could be provided to the newly set up industrial units for initial years, then what is the harm in providing monetary benefits to the poor farmers for taking up Organic farming? This monetary benefit by no means should be construed as a subsidy. The poor farmers need monetary support, over and above the subsidized products in the initial years.
The condition of the agriculture and the farmers in our country is declining day by day. Forget about new entrants in the field of agriculture, the old farmers are forced to quit agriculture and sell off their lands. Mostly the farmers are unable to recover even the investment made by them in producing the crop. With no help from the government, insurance companies, local people etcetera the farmers have no other option but to live a life in poverty. It’s the middleman that is blooming day by day, while the farmers get a meagre amount of their produce. Herewith, I would like to mention that to control all such issues like inflation in prices, black marketing, hoarding by the middleman’s etcetera, “Hawker On Wheels” an Indian Social Enterprise have come up with such a path-breaking and highly beneficial model, which if implemented by all supplier’s/service providers could help in removing any kind of bad practises and in turn will help the producers, farmers, manufacturers to get the right price for their products, at the same time, it will help the end users in getting the products at reasonable prices. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone in the entire chain.
The common men do hope that the agriculture sector will be taken up seriously and the farmers would not only be viewed as mere votes but as the major contributor to our economy. Only then the slogan, “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” would actually be implemented in the right spirit.
Finance & Security Sector – India should feel pride for having one of the best regulatory agencies in the field of finance. Kudos to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the commendable job they have done in the finance sector. Even during the time of recession our finance sector, as a whole, did not plunge, mainly due to the stringent regulatory policies issued and monitored by RBI. By the grace of almighty, our finance and security sector has always proved to be strong enough to face any odd jerks. This is indeed possible because of the strong control of the regulatory bodies like Reserve Bank of India (RBI) & Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) over the financial and security sector. However, it should be kept in mind that if a lot of interference is done by the government, in the functioning of RBI/SEBI then it’s after effects could be dangerous for our economy, as well as, for the country as a whole.
RBI has to be extra vigilant while issuing new banking license. A lot of big corporate houses are waiting to enter the banking sector, but RBI needs to ensure that will they be able to justify a fair banking model, keeping in mind their past track records. Priority sector lending is another critical area where a lot of work has to be done by the banks. Banks and RBI have to ensure that lending to priority sector is being taken care with utmost honesty and due diligence. Close monitoring is required to ensure that banks actually lend to the Priority Sector and that the figures are real and not shown merely to achieve the desired percentage fixed by RBI.
Similarly, SEBI has to take serious actions against the chit funds companies wherein a lot of small investors invest their hard earned money, in the hope of earning high returns, but all that goes in vain, when they realize that those were fraud schemes to lure them and fool them, by promising unachievable returns. If proper actions could be taken at the early stage then a lot of common people could be saved from being cheated in such fraudulent schemes.
Overall the finance and security sector has done a fairly good job till date, but still miles to go. Common men have great hopes that this sector will surely excel from here, towards new heights.
Judicial System – Law is blind, but the judges have eyes. Law is unbiased, but are the judges unbiased too? Law is not corrupt, but can we say the same for the judges? We all have faith in our legal system. Our judicial system is capable enough to handle & decide on any kind of wrongful act. Law is to achieve justice. But has the judiciary in India been able to build the confidence in every Individual that they can get justice by approaching the honourable court? Till the time common men is not comfortable in approaching a court for anything illegal and injustice that has happened to them, our judicial system could not be said to have made an impact.
It is rightly said that “Justice delayed is Justice denied”. A pile of cases is lying in the courts, but the judges are busy postponing the cases from days to months, to years, to decades. As the famous dialogue of the Indian Film ‘Damini’ says, what a common man gets is not justice but “Tareekh pe Tareekh, Tareekh pe Tareekh”. Isn’t it shocking to know that the person who filed the case was no more alive in many of the cases when the time for its first hearing came? Isn’t it a matter of shame for our judicial system?
Are we going to keep on boasting about our judicial system, or are we going to realize that the judicial system has failed in totality to leave its impact on the common man. Trust me not even a single person feels comfortable in climbing the stairs of the court. That is the very reason why people keep on suffering rather than filing their suit. The people governing the judicial system have to introspect and make drastic changes to gain the confidence of the common people. If the court can work at odd hours like 4-5 A.M. in the morning to hear the death petition of a terrorist, then we the common people are in a far better position to be heard 24*7. The alarm is ringing since long, better wake up before it’s too late.
Medical Facility – If we are a politician, a famous personality or a rich citizen etcetera, then a team of doctors will be at our service 24X7. On the contrary, if we are one among the masses i.e. the common man, then even for undergoing a simple test we will be at the mercy of the doctors and hospital staff. It is a hardcore reality that no one is there to the rescue of a lot of common people out there. Many of them die while waiting for their turn to get inspected by the doctor in the hospitals. An era where leaving a subsidized gas cylinder (which costs a few hundreds of rupees) becomes national news. However, no one from those respected & learned bunch ever thinks that leaving one doctor from their “Timardari ki Bimari” could help a lot of common people save their life (which is precious by all means).
The standard of medical facilities in the country could be very well known by the fact that still a lot of females do not use Sanitary Napkins, firstly because they cannot afford it and secondly because they feel shy to go and purchase it from the stores. There are some NGOs who are extensively working on providing the cheap Sanitary Napkins to the females, especially residing in the villages. But have the government realized that it should be a mass movement and need to be implemented across India? Have they made any attempts to tie-up with such NGOs, to excel their work and spread it in other parts of India? It seems that no one cares about the life of poor people, so they are just left to survive on their fate.
Even after so many years of independence, a common man is still at the mercy of doctors to get an appointment for diagnosing the disease, forget about getting treated for the same. Basic medical treatment is not available to the poor citizens so it will be imprudent to talk about the availability of advanced medical facilities for the common man. Nowadays, the Private Hospitals are equivalent to star category hotels and hence to get treated there is a dream come true for a common man. No doubt private hospitals have raised the bars to a greater extent with respect to the medical facilities, services, and cleanliness etcetera. On the contrary, the condition of most of the government hospitals is still in a bad shape and it would not be inappropriate to say that the persons accompanying the patient in a government hospital themselves fear the risk of getting infected with some disease, on account of unhygienic condition.
However, a few cities/states have done a commendable job in the medical field too, like supply of subsidized or free medicines/tests, availability of well-equipped and hygienic hospitals etcetera. Indeed these cost effective government/private hospitals either excel or are at par in services and facilities provided by any high-cost private hospitals. The crux is that the governments/private organisations that have the willingness and desire to bring a remarkable change showed that the right to live and have proper medical facilities is not only for those who possess money but for every living being. Now it’s time for other government/private organisation to adopt their way of functioning and ensure that “Right To Live” is everyone’s birthright.
Investigation Agency – Isn’t it shameful and a matter of serious concern for the highest investigation agency of a country when the honourable court passes comments like “CBI is a caged parrot” or that “In this case, a CBI inquiry needs to be conducted by the CBI itself”. If agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) fail to perform their duties diligently and are charged with cases of corruption, then that will definitely shake the faith people have on the investigations being conducted by such reputed institutions. When the head of any institution is itself looked upon with suspicion, then could the honest result be expected from the entire team? If the investigation agencies do not take serious actions against those involved in the misdeeds and set an example for the rest of the team, then it will be highly difficult for them to maintain the trust, as well as, save their image.
Do remember that one wrong deed washes away all the good work done in past and spoil the image that was created over time. What is expected from an investigation agency is an unbiased outcome in all the investigation being undertaken by them. If the investigation agencies fail to bring out the hidden truth, then in no way the culprit could be punished and the victim can get justice. So the entire responsibility lies on the shoulders of the Investigation agencies to act honestly and diligently. Hope, the investigation agencies would be able to build up their image of a transparent and true investigation, which is not driven by politics etcetera.
Media – While every field has its positive and negative sides. Media is one of those babies which always receive more accusation for something or the other, rather than the praises for the good work they contribute towards the society. There are a lot many cases where justice could have been achieved only because the respective case was highlighted by the media like Jaisika Lal Murder Case, Nirbhaya brutal rape incidence, and the list goes on and on.
However, at the same time, it would not be wrong to say that there are media houses which are influenced by political parties, business lobbies, etcetera, because of which they obviously tend to get biased. For any country, media is its eyes and the eyes should not be biased in its view. Media should be free from any kind of pressure and the media persons should realize their strength that how effective they can be in building the future of any country. Media should actively showcase news related to public welfare, as well as, support any such individual contribution/mass movement etcetera. In this digital era the media, social networking websites/apps, etcetera is helping a lot of initiatives to get noticed, receive public support and eventually turning them successful. So media should be responsible enough to understand their power and ensure to make use of them in the right manner for a larger public benefit.
Tax Department – Is tax department one of the most honest departments in the country? If not, then how many corruption cases have been identified in the department? How many officials of tax department have been arrested till date? Hardly there will be a few offices (if any) where work is done without taking bribes, still, everyone seems to be unaware about the misdeeds going on in the department. Is it possible that no one is aware of the corruption or is it that keeping the eyes closed tantamount to everything going right? How many incidences have happened in the past wherein any tax department raided any other tax department, on account of bribes or corruption charges? If the Tax department takes note of the famous dialogue delivered by Late Mr. Rajkumar “Jinkey apney ghar sheeshay ke hon, woh dusron ke gharon par pathar nahi phenka kartey”, then will it be possible for them to even think of executing any single raid? It’s a high time for those governing such institutions, to take up the task of removing corruption in their department, with utmost seriousness.
Professional Accountants – Recently in a lot of corruption and bribe cases the involvement of Professional Accountants/Auditors is also being identified. If those with the responsibility of showcasing the true and fair view of the financial statements are themselves getting involved in illegal acts pertaining to corruption, hawala transactions, and bribery etcetera, then will it be possible for others to know a correct picture of any individual/organisation? Professional bodies governing these professionals should take serious and timely actions on those involved in such cases so that the faith of people on such professional bodies and profession remains intact.
I would like to end this blog by quoting the wonderful lines written by Mr. Muhammed Iqbal “Khudi ko kar buland itna, ke har taqdeer se pehley, khuda bandey se khud poochey, bata teri raza kya hai”. With these thoughts, I conclude my lengthiest blog. However, even after writing a lengthy blog it seems a lot of things are still left to be penned down. Maybe it is the love towards the nation that I feel I can write much more things in this blog. So I rather end it with a note “To be continued…sometimes later”.
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