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End Nation's Mental Blackout!
|by Rajinder Puri|
When the northern power grid failed and plunged Delhi into darkness some people reacted in expected ways. For example some sympathizers of Mr. Anna Hazare seriously claimed that it was due to a government plot to prevent more people attending his protest fast. Others disputed this claim to say that the government would not stoop to such measures. That indicates the world we think in. How very distant it is from the world we live in.
Never in history has the world witnessed such a huge power breakdown. Twenty states and 620 million people went without electricity. The day after the northern grid failed the eastern grid failed likewise to make more states in the east and northeast powerless. To restore electricity in the capital of India power was borrowed from Bhutan. Have the full implications of this failure sunk into public consciousness? Indians are living in a dream world. We bask in the visions of a global role when the survival of our system and as a nation state is in peril. Appreciate the full implications of this recent power failure.
Consider the security implications exposed by this recent failure.
Officials do not perform their duties. Officials and citizens alike break or ignore rules because they are not punished. They are not punished because the system has become corrupt. No wonder Mr. Sushil Shinde has become Home Minister!
Today Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi are bitterly criticized for failure and for betraying the Congress legacy. They are rightly criticized for failure. They are wrongly criticized for betraying the Congress legacy. They failed not because they departed from the Congress tradition but because they continued to follow it. All that has happened is that continuous decline of morality and honour has made conditions much worse today than in the past. But every single flaw of the present political culture owes its origin to the seeds sown in the past.
Mahatma Gandhi created the foundation for dynastic politics when he succumbed to the pleas of Motilal Nehru to make his son Jawaharlal the Congress president over the head of at that time the more deserving Sardar Vallabhai Patel who had successfully organized the Bardoli peasant agitation.
India has lost its identity. India has lost its system. To recover our identity the spirit of the Partition must be undone. To reclaim our system the Constitution must be reappraised and followed faithfully in letter and spirit. The current crop of politicians has amply demonstrated its unwillingness to attempt either. Only new leaders with a new political culture will attempt change. They will emerge only after a nationwide movement to create the cadre for a new political party is successfully launched. That is a formidable task. But India is facing a formidable crisis.
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