CORRUPTION, CONGRESS & INDIAN DEMOCRACY


 Importantly it should not be forgotten that Congress has a chequered onward march. Its history is replete with examples of stalwarts like Sardar Pate, Chacha Nehruji,Kriplaniji and many others who espoused the cause and helped making the dream of India come true. The Industrial Policy Resolution under Panditji made Indian industry show considerable progress and raised the living standard high. The progressive policies also raised the per capita income of Indians. It ultimately raised the standing in the comity of nations. We do not go to other countries with a bowl for our daily needs. The green revolution in agriculture due to agrarian reform made us self sufficient in food front. We not only meet our own demands but are exporting the foodgrains to other countries. The white revolution by the son of India Kurianji has contributing to enhancing yield in milk. These are a few back pats of Congress – to name a few. But now, Congress has lost much of its shine and moorings because of the rampant corruption in and around Congress. There are NO leaders who could be trusted for steering the tottering ship of Indian ship. Everywhere we find corruption. Nothing moves without greasing the palm. At the helm, the degree of corruption is more and brazen – open like a hot dog shop – everybody is on the sale with different price tags. This has been our experience in day to day life. Our hard earned money has been stashed outside the country which could otherwise would have been spent in our country for this country’s onward march and to ameliorate the conditions of hapless and helpless Indians. The corruption at highest levels may be due to collusion dharma. Raajas and ilk are case in point. Not that there is no corrupt people in Congress party. Though it has started to clean its image by taking action on some of them. Zero tolerance in corruption is the only answer if congress has to make inroads in the minds of Indians. Otherwise more alleys will have to sought for running government and more corruption. It is pertinent to mention that party which was the pillar of strength for us Indians has disappointed us immensely. There are many a corrupt people who have tarnished to image of congress in the eyes of common people. Now everybody thinks that all that is ailing here is due to congress and its present day leaders though fault may lay somewhere else. It is also not possible to pass on the buck for its state of affairs. Soniaji is a capable leader at its helm. She can cleanse the stable of Indian Congress image in the eyes of common people. She should choose a new crop of young congress men who, with lily white image can be banked on to steer the tottering ship of Indian polity which has negatively impacted all round image of India. They can showcase their talents and aptitude to assimilate so that the common man could identify himself / herself with that young talent. Identify crisis has developed in the congress. Not that all the leaders at the helm of affair are corrupt but question is degree of corruption which has seeped in the party and its functionaries. This has really impacted good governance. Shun the corrupts and do not affiliate with them for small gains. Take big strides for weeding out corruption form within the congress. Make a code of conduct for the allies for good governance. Those who resort to corrupt practices should be dealt with as per the laws of the land and should not be spared. Indian democracy can survive and function only through its democratic credentials. For the country to have corruption free society, it is necessary that it could be done slowly but surely. It could be through legislations and consensus and not through coercion. It should not be through unconstitutional means if Indian democracy has to survive. Satyagrahs and fasts are means to remind the leaders for listening to and caring for the ills that confront the Indian polity and its governance. The members of the civil society should come forward to air their views and those views should be implemented in letter and spirit. Emulate these viewpoints for cleaning Indian polity for their clean image for serving them and not snatching what they are having through corrupt practices. Legislate strict laws for ridding the menace of corruption form our midst. It is a big achievement of our democracy that it has resilience for its upward march. Freedom of speech is the important component of Indian democracy. But it should not be taken to a level where the very governance is not possible.

Present is the Forerunner of future


It is a sad paradox that we are always penitent about our past and future. What we forget and do not act upon is our ‘present’. The present presents every opportunity to us to mend our ways and act accordingly  that is in the way things could be sorted out without much ado. The past events always cast deathly shadow on us. They are like our shadow which follows us wherever we move around. We always look at it with suspicion and contempt like we look at the past and its bad tidings. We always look at ‘past’ for experiences, but have the habit of clinging to our bad experiences and in the process lose sight of what our present can bring to us. Similarly, the future. We attach too much importance to it, simply, because we think it may not be according to our expectations or may be, it would be worse than what we look forward to. This makes us still more remorseful. Importantly, thus, we always remain worried about our dead past and unpredictable and unfathomable future. Today is the real dawn which takes you anywhere you consider makes you happy. Work for today and your tomorrow will be secure and predictable – a rosy one.

COLD BEHAVIOUR


It has been experienced that in our life we come across people and their behaviour. If anybody is cold shouldering you, it is possible that that person is showing his / her indifference and that indifference may take you to a lesser degree in your esteem in the eyes of others. This indifference is very harmful if somebody is doing this to you. Just introspect, if you come across such people, just be careful and make effort in making such adaptability that you try adjusting with the changed situation without losing yourself in the bargain.

COLD BEHAVIOUR

Lack of warmth in the relation,
A life without compassion,
Feelings rooted in repulsion,
Is a life with missing cooperation.
Deathly indifference all pervasive,
Uneasy calm extensive
Bereft of concern – retrogressive, alas!
Aimless emptiness in attitude looming large,
Tense behaviour engulfing,
Making the environment searing,
Surprisingly, with the freezing coldness in feeling!
Stony-heartedness robbing the very peace of life,
Crumbling the edifice of existence,
And resulting in creation of hell out of seventh heaven
What a life ours would be,
Ith a basketful of warmth in feelings,
Concerned when concern is immensely needed,
Loving-kindness when kindness is a crying need.

Harbans Khajuria

Baba Ramdev’s Fast


Baba Ramdev’s Fast

According to Bapuji, Satyagrah is a potent non-violent weapon for getting our problems solved.  But this weapon should not be used for every problem that could otherwise be solved through consensus, through discussion etc. If the weapon of Satyagrah is used indiscriminately , it could do more harm than good for a cause at hand. Baba Ramdev’s plan of fast from 04 Jun, for solution to corruption and retrieval of black money stashed outside the country is obviously good for the country at large. But his plan and nitty-gritty involved should remain apolitical. For Heaven’s sake, keep the politics away from his espouse causes to seek redressal. Everybody knows what is plagueing  Anna Sahib’s Lokpal Bill and why it is not having a smooth sailing. It is being delayed citing one pretext or the other. These delay tactics will hamper the very spirit for which this Bill is being drafted. No interference from any quarter should b brooked. Now Baba Ramdev has spoken against the inclusion of PM and CJI under the ambit of the proposed bill. This, I think, will go against the very spirit and purpose for which Anna Sahib’s stood for. If the same happens to Baba’s crusade i.e. if somebody else acts at cross-purposes, then what will be the ultimate result of his fast. It will go as the previous ones. The actual subject will be forgotten and new things will creep up thus diluting everything that is gained. Time has come when we should cement our support base for fighting corruption, nepotism and devise ways how to retrieve the black money that is deposited out of our motherland. Downgrading or downsizing others by picking holes in their proposal(s) will hardly help the espoused cause(s) at hand but will give others leeway to put more spanners in the way for smooth solutions at hand. We should, therefore, work unitedly because our chief aim is to fight corruption and make our society feel proud in our rich traditions and culture. Hurdles, if there are, can be ironed out through dialogue and discussions. Positive outcome of any fast or Satyagrah can only accrue when the same is being done with sincerity and no for publicity. God may help this cause not to be swept under the carpet by the vested interests but may bear fruit ultimately for good of all of us. Be He bestow immense courage and fortitude to the Baba for his noble cause.

ANGER


ANGER

Knowledge

When thy perceptions go awry

Doubt persists for every doubtless thing,

Your mathematics goes topsy-turvy,

You add two plus two three,

Your rationality takes the backseat,

Your mind receptors get beating

Sugar tastes vinegar,

Vinegar itself loses its flavor,

Thy taste-buds turn insipid,

When thyself remain no thyself,

You smell rat in every deal,

The bountiful fragrance gives

Repulsive odour in rage.

Thy touch becomes even more awry,

Meda’s touch impedes,

Flawed feelings perceive,

Soft feelings for other turn

Barbed and spiky.

Hearing becomes frigid,

Fascinating music loses its charm,

Ye think it will do more harm,

Anger takes away the music of life,

From our midst, whilst in anger.

If they aspire to live a Balanced life,

Shun the anger that robs you

From yourself,

And puts you in somebody else’s clothing.

HARBANS KHAJURIA