I read a news recently in a local newspaper. It had interviews with some of the major taxpayers in India. They were distressed by the scams that are being revealed recently in the country. Their dismay was upon the fact that the money they pay as tax each year for the growth and welfare of their country was actually used for the benefits of corrupt and obnoxious politicians and IAS Officers. They demanded answers from the government (and the prime minister says that he’s not responsible.. he’s compelled), they want the youth to react (had they risen up against corruption in their youth, our generation would have never seen India facing such disgrace).. But hey! They asked for an open accounting system for the expenditure of the taxes .. a crystal clear one.. in which they could actually know where exactly, the amount of tax they paid is being invested by the government! Now, that is a great idea!
Now I would like to discuss all the three issues in detail (solely my opinion)
1. What kind of a Prime Minister says that he was bound to let the scams happen!
2. Why did our parents involved themselves in corruption? Why did they not react? Can we, “the youth”, do something about it?
3. Can there be an open accounting system for the income tax paid by the responsible citizens?
1. The answer to my question in statement 1. is honorable Dr. Manmohan Singh. Yeah, he gave such a statement in front of the media, so that, everyone around the globe can see and hear the unacceptable, indigestible fact. He is the Prime Minister of a developing nation and his visions for the future of that nation are very bright… What is in dark, is the present! He blames everything on the coalition government. Oh come on, who will accept that? If the person, who is accountable for the progress of a country, is not even capable of taking the decisions about the major deals and issues, then who is? Does he still deserve to stand there as the head of the Government of the Republic Of India? Okay fine, it’s a coalition government, he is working under great pressures and the fear that his government might fall if he goes against his supporters from other parties.. Does that mean, that he has got the rights to do injustice to the nation? Will you leave your parents alone, helpless in a dark place just because your neighbor is providing you with the basic necessities of life? Will you ignore the one who gave you life and brought you up, for someone who never bothered about you and never will, unless it does him some good? Now, do we need to teach him his duties?
What I want is not his resignation, it’s not justice nor justification… What I and every other honest citizen requires and demands, is the transparency of the entire government system, the bureaucracy, what we want is, to see India progressing from all the directions possible and imaginable, what we want is “The Golden Bird” back in its form! Are we asking for too much? No.. there is the potential.. I know it not only from within, but also from facts! Then why not?
2. Here’s the answer for the question above. This is because, our elder generations took the freedom for granted. They involved themselves in malpractices like corruption and it penetrated from the highest level to the lowest level, or may be even vice-versa… There is no way to find out who started it, how it was started, where and why was it started.. And we don’t even need to find that out.. We don’t want to find out that why did “they” not “react”? The question is, are we a part of it? Did our parents “donate” some huge amount of money to a college for our admission in a Government college? Did we bribe a traffic police officer after breaking a traffic rule? Did we receive such a bribe ever and do something unethical? Do we ask for bills when we buy stationary or refuel our vehicles? Do we fulfill our duties as a citizen? Do we enjoy our rights as a citizen? There can be many such questions.. The next question is do we feel guilty of your deeds?
Yeah.. Everyone feels guilty, but no one ever follows the rules, then why should I? But the question should be.. “Why should you not?” The answer should be.. I am Indian.. I love my nation.. and so I will abide by my duties before i take advantage of my rights! I will say no to bribery, I will say no to corruption, I will stand in attention when I hear the national anthem, I will pick up the flags that are thrown on the streets after independence and republic day celebrations and dispose them off respectfully, I will follow the traffic rules, I will never throw waste on the roads, I will study well and do some good for the development of India and Indians, I will pay the taxes and the list will go on….
Can we, “the youth”, do something about it? So, the answer is.. yes, we can! If we the youth will stand united against the social and political evils, we can actually change the scenario of this nation! All we need is a platform, which will bring the educated section of India together at one place and help in bringing about the change.
3. For the third question, I’ll keep it short.. It’s the 21st century and nothing is impossible! We need to rise together and demand.. trust me, that’s all we need to do!
Thanks for reading.. but this is not all.. there is a lot going on in my head.. I just need to give it a shape and then.. I’ll blog..!! 🙂