Happy Independence Day,but happy about what ?

India ,celebrated 69th year of Independence yesterday on 15th August. One could see plenty of selfies on social media with the Indian flags. One thing to be critical of is ,why does the patriotism oozes out for one day alone in most of us? The Prime Minister yesterday ,pointed out that ,not a single scam has emerged in one year of being in power. I am taken aback . Late Kalam sab , your India 2020 , may remain a vision only. This monsoon session of Parliament was nothing, but mud-slinging and tax payers money was down the drain. It is high time that the Political parties be it the opposition a decade back or the opposition now ,make it a priority to let the Parliament function normally and take all the Dharna and Drama take place out side the Parliament only. In 69th year of Independence , a common man is still concerned about where to dump the garbage? , why the potholes reappear again ?,will he get a raise or not ?, will he get promotion or not ?,while choosing a representative through ballot ,who in turn is suppose to lay down the path for progress and prosperity .  Sadly , a common man will have to wait until the democratic machinery works with least friction . But when ? Why not make the public servants “Accountable ” across ? An Independent agency , tracking the deliverable of each public servant ,set by the Government and same is accessible with out the hiccup of RTI . All the financial transaction open to public post the bidding on the Internet except the sensitive one’s. A quarterly report card of all the public servants against the KPI. Unfortunately , today a common man knows is a symbol or two , but not the KRA  and  actual deliverable of the representative of their constituency. The Irony of this India is , a policeman ,will click a photo of you violating a traffic signal but will not take a photo of pothole on the roads. The linear way of thinking has to go ,since our problems are no more simple. The honest and incorruptible either depart early like Manjunath Shanmugam or get lost in vicious cycle of transfers.Does our blood boil ? yes , for few minutes only, while munching pop corn in an recliner seat. The film makers have milked the ideology of corruption less society be it Nayak , Indian , Gabbar is back , Anniyan and Ungli  among others. What should we be happy about ? Our delegation has not worked  in pristine manner.”Development is not dependent on a symbol ,but on Intent”. I am just another common man and my concern for tomorrow is how will I survive a snail paced traffic until another weekend ?  

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Will it get any better from here

Chaos, it is. Don’t you feel the same. One should hate oneself for switching on television to catch up with what’s happening in world on Indian news channels. Indian news channel trigger rage in me. We are so occupied with making a living, we tend either to forget or neglect lot many issues, which effect us. The innumerable potholes, the uncountable uneven surfaced roads,the over flowing gutter water on roads and the unbearable smell , the footpaths been hijacked by two wheelers , rider or driver trying to do multitasking , while being on phone. The roads being dug and never leveled and patched, we after sixty years are still don’t have a effective drainage system. India a emerging super power, by what imagination do we say so despite of lavish new terminal at Mumbai airport.Since independence the political parties have been talking about ideologies and been nothing but populist. I am glad the aggression shown by Indian Government to rescue Devyani khobragade. Where is this same aggression when our neighbor’s army intrude into Indian territory. The era prompted by ideologies is over , it will be better if political parties understand this and get down and actually work in parliament rather then disrupting it for every other thing. What India or any country needs is good governance and effective delivery mechanism rather then populist scheme burdening the tax payers.Populism and population are things , which no political party willing to speak about , there sole interest is to increase their voter base and win elections and recover investments made in elections.Will AAP be an ideal party is too soon to say in context of raising funds.Is Indian Government spending billions in creating infrastructure like china is ? The answer is no.The debates, the arguments and counter arguments ,the allegations and slinging mud at each other is enough. These so called intellect opinions are annoying to the core. I prefer to watch these days cooking shows then the news , where a panel of half a dozen people are forcefully fitted in our television screens for no good reason. The politician, who are opposing FDI should check what brand underpants they wear and which car they drive around. To conclude Amazon and Dominos may use drones to make deliveries. America uses drones to spy and for other defense purpose. We Indians are still stuck about the tea wala becoming prime minister when many countries in middle east are in flames .I prefer to listen to my wife rather then Arnab Goswami screeching on top of his voice.

Above the politics ,the Indian dilemma.

Is India at brink of a new Dawn or will continue to be in dismal state of affairs , only voters and time will reveal.The young Indian should be having high hopes from one Individual , Narendar Modi. Will Narendar Modi , emerge to be the next Iron Man after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ? As the current UPA government approaches to finish its second innings at center , one can understand the anti incumbency factor will hurt the UPA regime most,besides being marred by corruption, scandals and inflation. A common man may seek vengeance through ballot ,against the government at the center, without understanding the complexities of not being insulated any more .India is in dire need of a new leadership, who will mold India’s future and catch up with neighbors in terms of Infrastructure. No politician has magical wand and neither one individual is a panacea for all the problems.It is high time, that the politicians raise above corny politics.It is not just any more about secularism or polarization. It is about the GDP , the fiscal deficit,the value of Indian currency, the energy needs , the job creations and lastly the most crucial aspect , the population explosion. India needs to prepare itself and address new complex problems ,which may arise in near distant future , like unemployment , economy slow down and default by borrowers at a bigger scale , which is seen in PIGS.Will India get on its feet again and flung towards accelerated growth or crawl? Will India raise as a Superpower by 2020 ? Will India emerge with new model of growth or sink further into its own mediocrity? Will Indian voter prefer being prudent then loyalist?

THE TWO HINDUSTANS AND THE ASPIRATION OF BEING A SUPERPOWER

Due to change in my  itinerary instead of flying to Jaipur from Bangalore and then to Jodhpur. I flew to Delhi and boarded a train toJodhpur. Since the program was last moment I got a confirm ticket in second sitting , fromDelhi to Jodhpur a twelve hour journey or so.Recently a comment by Rahul Gandhi ,made news“Congress is the only party to unit the twoHindustans”, I am not sure what he meant by it.Meanwhile , we been reading India is going to be a superpowerful  in next two decades or so. The statementmade by Rahul Gandhi ,tickles me. I think a part of India will emerge as Powerful. And rest not. Theerest of India is the fellow passengers of the train,who had no reservation ,but yet wanted a berth,or a seat until the next destination ( passengers, who to and fro on daily basis) while traveling with ordinary tickets. And the passengers flocked in every possible space available including the toilet. A fellow passenger who sat next to me, who had no reservation,when saw the space for laugage was empty , made that space has his bed ,until his destination arrived in the morning.These fellow passengers are those who blame Government for everything and anything. From procreating more offspring to not sending them to schools andstill being caste oriented to having second-hand point of view .As long as we ,Indians have the syndrome of “Passing the buck” and take no responsibility for ourselves , we will remain the two Hindustans forever.People claim the prices of petrol have gone up, point taken, if petrol is really costly and is not affordable then there must be decline in the consumption,which is not happening on the other side there is a record sale of four wheelers and two wheelers.Wow ,how contradictory.we are? It is not the Government , which can change the fate of a nation. Government can create an environment and policies. It is upto us to explore and evolve from there on.some years back a statement was made by then Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Tejendra Khanna, “North Indians feels it is a matter of pride to break the law and get away without being penalized for it”.North is the word to be omitted from the statement.Neither did TT ,came to our compartment and nor could we sit comfortably in our reserved seats.