Its been more than six decades since we said goodbye to the British, we replaced one set of rulers with another, one set of bureaucrats with another, one set of ailments with another. Once we were united against the white man from the far west, but now, we just climb the ladder to nowhere, each by himself, each for himself.
If we are a nation that cares for its villages, why are there fewer and fewer of them every year? Why do we payback the farmer who carried us out of the struggle filled 60s by driving him to suicide? 17,000 farmers committed suicide last year alone. The war on terror was launched as a result of 5000 deaths, and yet we do nothing.
If we are a nation that is proud of its resources, then why do we raise dams that would benefit a few whilst destroy the environment around us?
If we are a nation that respects its armed forces, then why are so many ex-army men treated so badly? Why are param veer chakra recipients living like orphans in this nation that they treated like their mother?
If we are a nation that unites a thousand races, then why do we have stock markets blowing up in mumbai, trains burnt in Gujarat and mosques brought down in Ayodhya? Why are pregnant women raped and priests set of fire? Why can’t a man travel into a prosperous state to make hi living? Why has religion, language and region torn us apart?
If we are a nation that is growing economically, why then are the poor getting poorer? Is it because the rich cant stop getting richer?
If we are a nation that is not militarily ambitious, then why are we the region’s biggest weapons amuser, why do Israel, France and Russia compete to sell us weapons, and why are we increasing our military budget whilst the north-east could do with more development?
If we are a nation that looks to educate its masses, why then do we not see the merits in having 1000 primary schools for the cost of one IIT or 1 IIM. Why do we let the mid-day meal scheme be hijacked by caste driven leaders who want reservation even in the cook’s position?
If we are a nation that has its roots in the honesty of great leaders like the Mahatma, then why are we so corrupt that nothing good can begun without paying out someone.
Why do we need a Rang de basanti or Munna bhai to inspire us?
How shallow can we get?