By Swaruparani Sahu:
63 years after freedom and we wake up to an India that our martyrs never dreamed of. Today, India has become a land of more wrongs than rights as our nation is symbolised by abject poverty, corruption, a huge population and lack of transparent governance, to name a few ills.
Freedom is not about being free, it is a great responsibility. Freedom does not give us the right to misuse our rights, but it gives us the power to make better choices.
When it comes toÂ corruption, we are second to none. Year after year, Indians have consistently hit rock bottom when it comes to the global corruption index; from an ordinary peon to our highly decoratedÂ babus, everyone has their hands full with bribes orÂ ghoos as we fondly call it.
There’s not a single year when we were not hit by a money-laundering scandal, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has been in the news for misappropriation of funds. What a shame — Commonwealth Games could have been a great way to show the world that we are well-equipped to organise global events but what we achieved is quite the opposite.
We take pride in calling India a democracy, but from time to time our country has witnessed violence in the name of religion or caste. Violence has very much become a part of our lives.
What is more lamentable is the fact that India projects itself as a progressive nation when we still haveÂ killings in the name of honour and female infanticide is still rampant in many parts of the country.
We all know of the Naxal threat that India faces today, but have we really contemplated the cause behind their uprising? Even as India prides itself on its growth rate and on how it is fast becoming one of the most important economies in the world, an important facet of that development remains skewed. How long can we have leaders who mindlessly squander people’s money on shammed development?
We need to stop ignoring the wrongs that are happening around us. As a thumb rule, we Indians are a self-centred lot and things simply don’t bother our conscience as long as our homes are in order. Why are we like this? This has to stop; we have to wake up to our duties. We have utter disrespect for the law of the land as we tend to be mute spectators as we see children being employed or a accident victim lying helplessly on the road.
When it comes to greed, we are second to none —Â take the example of private hospitals where the patient is fleeced of his very last penny or held to ransom until he pays the bill. Even our institutes of learning are here to make a fast buck. These institutes may or may not provide you with quality education but what is for sure is that the fee will burn a huge hole in your pocket.
It’s a shame that thousands of poor farmers are forced to commit suicide year after year. A widening spiral of debt and despair has forced at least 200,000 farmers to take their own lives in India over the past 13 years. Such is the economic disparity in our country that the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer.
Shouldn’tÂ we all consider it our country’s service as a primary task & make an effort to make India better ? What do you feel? Tweet us at @YouthKiAwaaz or drop in a line in the comments box below.