The Taj and the Raj

If Suketu Mehta had to write the book “Maximum City: Bombay lost and found” in 2009, he would have rather named it as “Maximum City: (Aamchi) Mumbai from the city of dreams to the city of fear”. Yes, a city of fear. Fear from terrorists, from dirty politicians.

Mumbai, being the financial capital of India, attracts huge crowds from all parts of the country. It is highly difficult to stop the crowd to enter into the city. There is no order, no security to control this flow of crowd. But there are certain rules. Like “North-Indians are not allowed”. A bunch of dirty rogues set such rules and bring ill fame to their native cities. I ask who are ‘they’ to set the rules? Are they the ones who really care about the city? If yes, then why didn’t they speak out a single word when the deadliest terror attacks hit Mumbai? The answer, as one of my friend quoted, is “The ones who came through boats were not as much dangerous as the ones who came through votes”. So very true!

There were times when people from all over the country flooded the Mumbai streets hoping to see themselves achieve their dreams. Even today thousands of people come to Mumbai everyday in search of a hope that one day they’ll succeed. And now this is going to stop because A. North-Indians are not allowed into the city. B. There is a life risk of coming to the city where there are frequent bomb blasts and terrorist attacks.

One of the biggest flaws of Indian politics is that the votes these politicians gain are from poor people. People from villages vote for these candidates thinking these politicians stand true on their promise and that’s where most of these politicians gain vote from. But as it turns out, these politicians neither help the poor nor do they develop the state. Instead, they help growing their bank balances.

I feel very sad when I see the present conditions in various states. For example consider the case of Jharkhand Cheif Minister Shibu Soren:

He became the Union Coal Minister in the Manmohan Singh government, but was asked to resign following an arrest warrant in his name in the thirty-year old Chirudih case. After the warrant was issued, he initially went underground.

He was the Minister for Coal in the Union Cabinet in November 2006, when a Delhi district court found him guilty in the murder of his private secretary Shashi Nath Jha in 1994. He has also been indicted in the past on other criminal charges.

I seriously think there is a desperate need of creating a new political system in India. By this I don’t mean that BJP is better than the present UPA. India is a young-developing country and it needs young people to take over it. Today, most of the Indian politicians are in their 80s. They can’t take care of their own health and they want to run a whole country. Tell you what, this is all just a “Kissa Khursi ka”. Lets hope that in near future we see some politicians who are young, dynamic and capable of bringing change in India.

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