September 22, 2011
a few disturbing trend of the Indian nation today
We used to say “India is an indisciplined country” then we came up with a more respectable “India is a chaotic country”. From discipline to chaos we made a step of science, but strictly speaking a step of “terminology” notwithstanding what problems were actually understood and dealt with by invoking a modern understanding, science, technology and so on. Now that word has perhaps gone off. I propose a new status update of my beloved nation-state. It’s attained the status of a “quasi-modern state”. It means we have made some progress towards modernity, reluctantly yes and willingly yes, without will there is no way. But what are the disturbing trends:
1. police behavior
2. social hazards and social safety
3. access to quality basic amenities
4. access to a convenient life enjoyable by the affluent which is the biggest promises made by Governments and aspiring Governments, the lesser political organizations.
This list will run into a cumbersome description of our community living. Hence I cut short here and focus on elaborating a little onto the above points, one by one.
1. Police behavior: not that else where in the world the police behavior is the ideal perfect. But I have seen the best attainable circumstances that makes you go sleep without thinking of these problems so much. The character of these non-Indian police system is the people have a share in dictating the police where to be deployed. Needless to say that it is detached from the state or more aptly from the people enjoying political power. Since ages this paradigm has never been attained in India. In India police is an ornament in the honor of the political establishments. The police establishment is not an independent organization meant explicitly and implicitly for the safety and wellbeing of the community rather than the fake-honorables, the neo-Kings. Here in Odisha any time you will see these organizations are considered a weapon of the political establishment. That is why there is so much honor-paranoia asscoaited with some one in power. This needs to be dissolved so people in every patch of community gets a share of the police power. What I am proposing is extraneous to a traditional system of political representatives, people of the community get the power to direct police for various deployment of these forces for their safety and wellbeing. There is no patroling on the high way, no patroling on the cities and towns except when a minister or elected representative comes to a ceremony. While they deserve that peace of mind so also the residents, no matter who the resident is. For a negative resident this means jail-term. This can be swiftly achieved by divulging constitutional power to the resident irrespective of whether he or she is a political representative or not. There has come a time when swift and far reaching changes are made to our constitutionl set-up where every resident feels empowered and honored not a clandestinely chosen few. Talking about police behavior the police in other states have recently shown their anti-people tendencies and their slavish relation to their political masters. Pune farmer shooting, J&K human rights violation or Bihar inhuman and undignified excess were all outrageous police behavior. Lokpal and police reform can be two astounding achievement for the country if the educated and responsible citizen take part conscientiously. Talking about police reforms I see a disturbing trend in the democratic responsiveness of our people at large. Most big packages go to the capital city (look at the multi-million $/INR commisionerate building, a palatial palace recently built and compare with anything out side the cities)
2. social hazards and social safety: while our safety and well-beng concerns are paramount to having a police force that provides us security (if it does) it is pertinent to point out that is just one aspect among a myriad others. A numerous other aspects are lying unattended, eg a basic health and hygiene safety, it needs to be modernized much in the same way education and police forces are. lo and behold we have had only believed privatizations so far whose evils are for everyone to see. Privatizations has only meant divulging power and honor to a selected few who have access to a great deal of wealth at the cost of disrespecting a time-tested social ethos. I can vouch that my pre-privatization education and health were far better than this corporate centric pretenstions. WE have lost touch from our ethos, WE need it back and WE must raise our concerns.
3. access to quality basic amenities: a quality basic standard of life has become a mirage in India today except for the heftily paid for communities such as a corporatized residential complex. People walk on mud to their schools. Cows sleep on the road, vehicles do not obey safety standards, public transportation system is rust, lesser cities are detached from big-brother cities like 1500 centuary is detached from 21st, we do not deserve such a treatment, why must we have it? NO one is raising a social concern.
4. access to a convenient life enjoyable by the affluent which is the biggest promises made by Governments and aspiring Governments, the lesser political organizations:
convenient, automated, modernized life is a dream turned mirage. Some get it some do not. vast deal of discrimination, a disparity of sorts. If we are not ugly why there is so much disparity? WE need percolation of national growth to every part of the country and without a tag. It’s only available to a selected few. The maoists are resorting to violent and unjustified means but their stand point is more idealistic. Ofcourse they donot care if we tell them give uo the weapons, but why the facilities of New Delhi must not reach the deepest and remote corners of the country? Has the country ever thought of this as a universal problem of the nation, hence effective steps are taken in a matter of years rather than 3 decades? I don’t think it has ever happened that way for such a sustainable period that negative forces did not have enough platform to come up.Now they will be treated differently but we must not forget the lesson. In Odisha since primordial times (in the smallest units of a memory lapse of what time has passed and what has happened) WE have always been like this? How about country’s policies are firmulated on a “residents in the eyes” basis rather than a publicity-tag?
I will speak only so much for now.
I forget to add how the famed and priviledged organizations of teh country are not at all conscious of their responsibilities to connect to the lesser priviledged organizations across the country. An IIT should mentor an anonymous college of deep and remote India, not just another IIT, so a brand is craeted. How many teacher of JNU or DU will like to come and teach in a college in a remote village like setting ? Certain things have never happened in India, hence the sooner the better.