Sunday, August 28, 2016

Whose country is it?


Courtesy: The Indian Express
Thanks to the media, a Dana Majhi or a Salamani Behera makes a brief appearance in the history of the country.  Who are they?  We will ask that question tomorrow.  We will forget them.  Because they don’t belong in history.  It was merely a freak chance that put them there.  Dana Majhi entered by carrying the dead body of his wife on his shoulders for a distance of over 10 km.  With his teenage daughter walking beside suppressing her grief.  The picture would shake the conscience of anyone who has a conscience.  Salamani Behera was an 80 year-old woman whose dead body was broken at the hip in order to fold it into two so that it could be packed and carried on a bamboo pole. 

How much is a human being worth in this country whose Prime Minister is hopping on and off airplanes in order to carry the greatness of his nation far and wide?

History always belonged to the rulers and their minions.  Pick up any history book and we will read about kings, queens, and wars.  History belonged to them.  History now belongs to their contemporary counterparts: Presidents, Prime Ministers and their minions. 
Courtesy: The Indian Express

I wish our Prime Minister could actually materialise at least a fraction of what he promises.  I wish the cess we are paying for Swach Bharat, for example, was made accountable.

I wish the Prime Minister was accountable.  If ten percent of politicians were accountable, Dana Majhi wouldn’t have to carry the body of his wife for kilometres.  If one percent of politicians were accountable, Salamani Behera’s body wouldn’t be broken into half like a twig and packed in a sack...



14 comments:

  1. I had read this in the news somewhere and went numb for a while. However, reading this post brought out the full import of the tragic situation! I want to curse the people and government for these scenarios, when death isn't accorded its due dignity, just because an individual cannot afford it; but I don't have the heart to do that as well.

    Now comes the funny part... The bereaved will be visited by our honorable politicians and will be given some fund. Media will cover social figures weeping and trying to stem their tears while going through the wretched existence of their huts and lives. Then, everything will be fine and we will focus on the next T20 match... till we are again jolted out of our artificial euphoria by another heinous act...

    We are awesome! :D

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  2. As you have said we forget these incidents too soon. Another sad part is the people responsible will wake up only after the incident has created some furore.

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    1. We will wake up only to go back to sleep, Durga ji.

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  3. I have disagreement...sorry...for every incident that happens we can't blame the prime minister, the report that i read was that the man took his wife's body without informing the hospital as he wanted do perform the last rights before sunset. Yes the Prime Minister is doing foreign trips but the number of beneficial changes in policies are not seen. Also in the past two years compare the number of scams that surfaced with that of the past governments. The congress has done such a damage that it will take years for any government to make it neutral keep aside seeing progress. Apologies for my honest opinion but in a country of 1.2 billion we cant hold the prime minister for everything. Apologies once again sir.

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    1. You are most welcome to disagree, Shweta. There's no need for any apology whatsoever. I respect your right to your view.

      The Congress was absolutely corrupt. That's why the nation booted them out. The nation elected Mr Modi because he had raised its hopes and dreams. Remember his promise of Rs 15 lakh in every Indian's account? In the end we ended up having empty accounts. Remember the umpteen promises he made and continues to make with pomp and style? Nothing happens. Empty rhetoric. That's what I'm questioning. I mentioned one example: the Swach Bharat cess we are all paying. Crores have been collected. What's being done with that money? That's just one example. Mr Modi has made Ambanis and Adanis richer. The poor man has become poorer. That's my point.

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    2. Shweta Ji. Scams do not come out within a short span of a new party's (or coalition's) coming to power. Hence please don't be in a hurry to applaud the present government for absence of scams. They may surface after a few years. The problem is with the mindset of the present premier of India whose line of thinking and action is in favour of the capitalists and not the commonfolk.

      Jitendra Mathur

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  4. Why Orissa always came up for wrong reasons..though there is large quantity of minerals in the state..! Social system should be retrospected ..!

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    1. A very valid point, Murthy ji. Where does the wealth of the state go?

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  5. I agree with what Ms. Shweta Dave has said above. In spite of some shortcomings and pitfalls Modi Government is the cleanest this country has ever had. I, as the head of a family of four, can't always keep the other three members happy, how can we expect Modi ji to do that with 127 crores? I salute his spirit and vision..he knows what he is doing, and he is doing it well!

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    1. It's too premature to term the present government as the cleanest the country has ever seen as the dirt takes its own in time in surfacing. The premier certainly knows what he is doing. And he is definitely doing well as far the interests of his party and his benefactors are concerned. He has never shown any serious concern for the plight of the commonfolk (except some lip service rendered when a danger of losing some particular vote bank is in his sight).

      Jitendra Mathur

      Jitendra Mathur

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    2. I'm ready to wait, Amit ji, to see India becoming what Mr Modi has promised. In the meanwhile, I must point out that corruption is not only about economics. One can corrupt the mindset of people. See the way communal polarisation is taking place after Mr Modi became the PM. It is an alarming trend if you see the way hatred is getting entrenched in people's minds and hearts.

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  6. I feel your pain Sir. And I endorse your viewpoint regarding the Swachchh Bharat Cess (and similar cesses). The accountability expected in this regard is nowhere visible.

    Jitendra Mathur

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    1. Visibility is precisely the point. We get the feeling that all the rhetoric is empty because we don't get to see anything of what's promised.

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