About time the democracies woke up to the reality of “Indian democracy”

It was some vindication to read that the US and UK have issued advisories to their citizens to avoid coming to Delhi…in my view, their women are NOT SAFE across India…ideally it should have been a well communicated, blanket advisory, to their citizens to avoid India at all costs.

This is indeed shameful to me as a proud India, that I have to live to see this , when our politicians sit in our parliament, claiming to be protectors of our hallowed “democratic values”, claiming to have rights to govern our country, in the name of the ignorant , illiterate masses, who voted for them (without right to recall), with no accountability to to the nation on their responsibilities to deliver!!

I feel ashamed, while my leaders (actually de facto rulers) have the gall to sit pretty , pass sexist remarks on what needs to be done by women to protect their dignity, honor and respect in a country and culture that pretends to give the highest respect to the fair sex in its scriptures, in the constitution and law….such hypocrisy will shame any sane , thinking man of average intelligence. AND still, our politicians play with the intelligence of the common man , day in and day out, and get away with it!!

Amnesty international speaks of human rights violations being perpetrated in different parts of the country- such superficial analysis of what really constitutes human rights is passe; deeper analysis to a serious analyst will reveal that the biggest perpetrator of human rights in India has been the political class, which has through its corruption, its apathy, it habit of passing the buck ( and getting away with it for the past 65 years) and its pathetic nepotism has destroyed the inherent potential of this nation.

The systemic failures have started with the inability ( either deliberately or through sheer ineptitude) to spread education and literacy among the masses. A simple analysis of the ROI for every dollar spent towards education initiatives spent by India and China will reveal that China’s ROI (people considered as literate as % of population, according to UN defined parameters) is much higher and much better compared to India. What then would be India’s politicians argument against these figures- they could be the following

  • We dont have good civil servants to implement the policies ( Read- I am simply a signatory, I sign off on a piece of document that I dont have the intelligence to write or comprehend, which is probably penned by someone in the hallowed planning commission, or the CII, or FICCI, or by one of my brilliant IAS officers; I AM NOT ACCOUNTABLE FOR DELIVERY AND IMPLEMENTATION, Those under ME in the system are!!)
  • Those who are tasked with implementation in the system; even if they are lazy non performers, they are INDISPENSABLE and are IRREPLACEABLE – we dont have enough talent in India to replace these non performers, therefore we will have unlimited life long patience, and learn to live with it! ACCEPT OUR LOT IN LIFE…
  • We have too much corruption in the system ( Read- I am chastity defined- those under me are ALL CORRUPT and therefore nothing gets done; I have powers to give myself Z+ class VIP security, but I dont have the powers to fire those who are corrupt or ineffective) REALITY CHECK- China too is deemed to be a very corrupt nation, HOWEVER the fear of the long hands of the law getting to you is such, that corrupt politicians risk losing life and limb if discovered stealing from funds that are meant for uplifting the masses who have nothing going for them!!

With large swathes of our population deemed, illiterate, and uneducated, with no ability to read and write, with no ability to think critically , logically- their faculties that empower empathy, sympathy, discerning right from wrong, understanding respect for all, irrespective of sex, caste , color- these faculties are dead or at best non existent.

So how do you expect the men in our largely illiterate country to even have basic intelligence to respect women and to discern right from wrong?

Now , you need to understand that it is these very illiterates, who vote for their “popular” politician, who is easily able to sway them with free alcohol, a ramshackle toilet, maybe some (empty) promises of improvements in the village. This politician is admired because he travels in his constituency with goons and criminals in tow…and this criminality is seen as “real power” by the illiterates who voted for their “popular” local leader. NOW if this is the benchmark of leading my example, what do you expect your illiterate voter to comprehend?

Lack of basic education, leading to a sexist, misogynist way of warped thinking, coupled with an ideal leadership benchmark of a sleazy , criminal , rapist is a recipe meant to lead you to hell- AND THAT IS THE HELL that is India today!!

The obvious nexus of the politician, the bureaucrat and the police, all key elements that are expected to honor tenets of civil, democratic society of ours, has meant that courage of conviction has ceased to exist – it is certainly not expected of the inherently corrupt politicians, BUT is certainly expected of the bureaucracy and the police forces, AND it is non existent- a few good men , does not a nation make!!

So , all in all, the real human rights violators of India have been the shameless , corrupt politicians of the country, who have deliberately kept its masses, un educated, illiterate, which has created a sick mentality within this hypocritical , misogynist society, being perpetrated under the garb of rights to all ( especially to criminals and rapists).

Wake up Amnesty and tell the truth the way it really is!!

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Why do our politicians need security cover?

The events of the past 2 weeks are exposing the reality of the elected representatives of India.

Their rhetoric in venue after venue, in our parliament and in public screams that they are the real representatives of the “common man”; that is the undying love of the common man that gives them the right to represent their electorate and voice their grievances and sort their problems out. All this is good.

BUT after all this claim of having unstinting support of their people, these so called leaders need to have Z+ security.

For the uninitiated, let me explain what Z+ security really is.

It ranges all the way from 150 to 50 plus police, para military and commandos that form security “rings” around the politician , when ever , he or she moves around.

The Z+ security for ALL the politicians is paid for with my TAX DOLLARS!! the Irony is that I PAY for the pathetic, greedy, corrupt politicians security in my country, whereas I and my tax paying friends dont feel secure in my own back yard!!

Now lets address the logic of providing security for our “common man” politicians.

Why would an “extremely popular” politician need security at this lavish scale if he indeed was so popular? Isnt our politician a public figure, where he needs to be close to his electorate and to listen to their day to day problems and solve them? So if his 150 security personnel keep his electorate away from him, how does he even claim to know his electorate and to be close to them ?

The only reason such a politician can justify his requirements for Z+ security is if he has a real threat to his life.

Now lets examine if he or she indeed have a real threat to their lives…

May be yes….and you may not be surprised ….the angst of the real people as opposed to the “common man” is real and has spilled on to the streets of our capital in fury and this is the first warning sign to our “leaders” to wake up and smell the coffee!