|From DDA Park, INA, Delhi
Half of our rulers in the Lok
Sabha are notorious criminals. 233 of them are facing serious charges like
murder, rape, and kidnapping. The case in the Rajya Sabha is not very encouraging
either. One-fourth of them are deadly criminals.
It is in that
house of criminals that Venkaiah Naidu wept the other day saying that the
opposition protests had sullied the sanctity of the house. My impulsive reaction
as I listened to the news and watched Mr Naidu sobbing like an innocent girl
was a mirthful laugh. I had never laughed so heartily for a long time.
destroyed,” I repeat his words and cannot control my loud amusement. “If they
are sacred, then what are we?” I ask Maggie who is watching the TV too. “Gods?”
Maggie is silent. She is an ideal citizen unlike me.
The number of
criminals in the Parliament went on increasing election after election. It was 162
in the 2009 Lok Sabha and 185 in 2014. 233 now. And remember that these numbers
refer to the recorded cases. There are far more unrecorded ones. In short, most
of them are criminals sitting in those “sacred” spaces.
A century ago
– 1922, to be precise – Rajagopalachari wrote in his diary that “elections and
their corruption, injustice and tyranny of wealth, and inefficiency of
administration, will make a hell of life as soon as freedom is given to us.”
Rajaji was not particularly optimistic about his country, it seems. Nor did he
seem to place much trust in Indians’ potential for goodness. Our politicians
have proved him right. We now have all of what Rajaji had predicted: corrupt
elections, injustice, tyranny of wealth, and inefficient administration. And a
Prasad and Ambedkar had given warnings too. Without honest men at the top, the
Constitution is a useless book, the first President of India had warned. Today
the Constitution has not only become a useless book but also faces the threat
of being discarded altogether.
It’s a tragic
situation. My laughter was a psychological stunt for concealing my pain. Where
have we as a nation reached in 75 years from that stroke of the midnight hour?
One of the
topics I suggested to my class 12 students for their annual project in my
subject is Nehru’s freedom speech. Assess India’s journey from 1947 to 2021 vis-a-vis
Nehru’s dreams “to wipe every tear from every eye”.
to our honourable vice president’s tears, I know his tears are more genuine
than his master’s. Just imagine Mr Modi standing up in the Lok Sabha with tears
in his eyes and a whimper in his throat and moaning the death of the House’s
sanctity while the diaphanous wings of Pegasus flap behind him eerily. That
would be his most hilarious contribution to history.
of independence. Where have we reached? Fake tears from histrionic leaders. What
more? Let me turn a prophet. We are heading towards dictatorship. You can see
that future too if you care to look into the glaring hubris in one man’s eyes,
the only man who matters today in India.
PS. This post is the
last part of Blogchatter Half