2nd June 2010
Yes there is corruption in India. But we are complicit in this crime
I posted the following comment today on Atanu's blog (http://bit.ly/ag1hKR)
Agree. I’ve argued for MANY years that Manmohan Singh is a party to the corruption of the Congress party. And so is Rahul Gandhi, who has conveniently agreed to join the mafia that is the Congress. Sonia Gandhi’s case is the same (btw, I have no theoretical objection to an erstwhile foreign citizen becoming India’s PM. I think nationhood is not a hereditary or birth-based concept; it must be treated as part of the social contract: i.e. a matter of choice).
I know your sympathies perhaps lie with BJP, but let me ALSO assert vigorously that Vajpayee, Sourie, and others considered honest are PRECISELY in the same boat as Manmohan Singh whom you so lavishly criticise. Trust me – BJP is NOT particularly less corrupt than Congress. Both are essentially a bunch of gangsters, misusing power to the hilt, willing to stooping to anything to gain power. A few hundred people dying due to their misguided communal statements doesn’t matter to either group, either.
More importantly, though, I believe that merely complaining against these ‘leaders’ is not enough. I rank ALL of these leaders, even the MOST CORRUPT of them, higher than everyone who sits by as a spectator, doing nothing. In other words I rank 99% of Indian educated people, including people like you (and me!) FAR LOWER than these corrupt people who lead India. I’m grateful that at least we have some people willing to run the country. What would happen if we left it to the 200 million “educated” clerks who populate India? IITians, IIMites and the lot – sucking up to the most corrupt but never willing to stand up as citizens. Not the least self-respect among the educated Indians, is there?
You know that I see the problem in black and white.
I argue simply this: If we the educated have not offered a systematic national alternative to the people, then we have NO BUSINESS and no right to complain. Let us shut up and go home. Or accept that these blogs are just there for us to pat our egos.
After three failures, the fourth political attempt that I’m working on, as you are aware, is the Freedom Team of India (http://freedomteam.in/). Unfortunately, the Indian educated citizen is such a hopeless and useless creature that he/she’d rather be a subservient clerk to the most corrupt leader he/she can find, than to step aside as a citizen and form an opposition. Despite so many bright people in India so few have so far come forward to join FTI and stand up and be counted as leaders of the India of tomorrow. What can be done about India? Definitely nothing so long as we have 1 billion sheep.
Through this comment I am throwing a firm and serious challenge to EVERY educated Indian. If you **really** think this country is yours, and you are not born a slave to serve the corrupt ‘leaders’ of India, then rise! Join the Freedom Team or become a Freedom Partner.
The battlelines have been drawn. Either you join the White force, or you’ll be deemed to be part of the Black force. I’m sorry, guys, but in this battle there is no grey. You’ll have to take sides. By doing nothing, you side with the Black.