70 years of Unfulfilled Promises
John Maxwell has said that a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way but does the same applies for the leaders we are choosing from past 70 years i.e. since our independence? The questions like this time and again hits our mind and forces us to think that whether our country has utilized these 70 years of freedom in its best manner or not. We need not go far in this account; let us take a brief analysis of what we have achieved since our independence in 1947.
India has undoubtedly achieved much since breaking free of British. We have fought and bicker on everything from justice to education and poverty to protection of farmers. But the question that strikes in the mind of every citizen is “whether the efforts made so far, are satisfactory enough for a population of 135 crores? Are leaders really working for the betterment of the common man? Has the conditions of the farmers improved ever-since?”. The answer to these questions is never hidden.
Sugary Promises v/s Ground Reality
Yet every party proclaims to think in the best of the interests of the people but their interests are hardly ever served. In the election manifestos they promise the moon but down the line fails to fulfil it every time. Time and again belief and trust of common people are broken. Let it be the grand old party “Congress”, the “B.J.P.” party making promises to change India or the people’s own party “ Aam Aadmi Party” everyone has always looked for their own leisure.
Before elections all the parties are seen as promising “ millions of jobs” and up to what extent the employment graph has scaled up is very indicative of the rising numbers of the unemployed youth. Statistically, Congress party promised for “100 million jobs” but even today 31 million Indians are jobless. BJP promised to make a tax free India and remove the “tax terrorism” and to bring back the “black money” but some reports claim that even today the amount of Indian black money currently present in Swiss and other offshore banks is estimated to be Rs. 90 lakh crores or US$1500 billion. Aam Aadmi Party prompted to bring the working of the LOKPAL “in the best interests of India” but no such work has been done on ground level. Even today 30% of people are below poverty line, India is lagging behind in technology from rest of the world. According to FORBES CPI INDIA is 81st on most corrupted nations out of 186 countries and value of U.S. Dollar to Indian rupee is rising day by day. If we compare the other countries of the world like China, New Zealand, Australia and Canada which were also colonial states but are ahead of India with a huge difference.
Leaders here in India are always looking for the power and designation. Everyone’s target is next election, not the next generation. The famous philosopher Karl Marx said that while philosophers have interpreted the world, the real task lies in how actually to change it.
To the conclusion, the biggest drawback of Indian political diaspora is with the absence of morality and the very sense of nationalism. Therefore, if we wish to bring reforms and want to change the political ideologies then we should start focusing on the merits and not the dividend indices of the society because reforms demand unity. It is the high time when the people of India step up and decide the minimum benchmark for the political aspirants.