It’s chhabees janwary again. This year around, I didnt do anything. Till last year, I’d atleast buy a flag and attend some flag hoisting. This year with Junior around, it came and went like any other day. Well, almost.
The ‘media’ kept reminding us that it’s chabees janwary. There were trucks equipped with loud speakers doing the rounds of the colony blaring old patriotic songs that I had almost forgotten. And all TV channels tried to prove their patriotism by showing the same old movies all over again, the parade in Delhi and politicians speeches. And it all felt like a big huge sham.
Is that all that patriotism is about today? TV channels repeating Gandhi, Prahaar and the handful of other ‘patriotic’ movies each 15th Aug and 26th Jan? Politicians giving speeches about the ‘amar shaheed jawan’ and Gandhi? Why dont they talk about how ineffectual they’ve been in the last 58 years that India has been a republic. Why dont they discuss the shambles that our democracy is in. Or the countless scams. Or the terror attacks. Or the crippling corruption. No.. why would they do that. Our leaders…most of whom have criminal cases against them. Most of whom arent qualified to lead the country. Who’re in politics just for the perks it brings them. Most of whom do nothing but hive off tax payers money (my due apologies to any honest politicians out there – a species I doubt exists). 2 months after the Bombay blasts, precious little has been done about it.
I’m proud to be an Indian. But right now, I feel ashamed of India. There’s just sooo much muck in the system.
Pranab Mukherji seems all eager to grab power while the PM undergoes bypass surgery. L K Advani wants to be PM at 70 +. Why dont we have a retirement age for politicians? I know why – coz its they who frame the rules. They’ve decided that teachers cant teach beyond a certain age, that doctors cant operate etc. But even at 70 and 80, politicians think they are fit to ‘lead’ the country?
This Amul ad says it all :
We shoud have a way to hold the politicians responsible. But how? Voting once in 5 years just doesnt cut it. Especially when the candidates leave you feeling like you’ve got to choose between the devil and the deep sea.
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