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|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Mr. Sam Rajappa is one of India’s outstanding senior journalists. He recently wrote an article in The Statesman entitled “Leaderless Congress”.
In other words Mr. Rajappa hopes for a solution to emerge from the creators of a horrendous problem. This is much like Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev, Medha Patkar and other social activists who highlight problems and seek redress from those responsible for creating them. Do they expect a sudden change of heart in those who are the source of the rot as being the only solution? Alas! If Auntie had a moustache she would be Uncle! But that will never be.
My grouse with social activists as with Mr. Rajappa is that at the heart of their thinking lies not realism but defeatism. Just because Madhu Limaye became a defeatist at the end of his career is no reason to follow him. Just because India’s opposition parties have also deteriorated in the shadow of the Congress is no reason to become defeatist. When a society is in the thrall of a crisis as severe as the one engulfing India, there is no alternative except to stage a cultural revolution.
Doubtless intellectuals, activists and politicians would consider this solution impractical. I would request them to appraise the current reality to appreciate what they are dealing with. Forget the dismal record of the last few years. Consider the day’s news.
This is just one piece of the day’s news. There is another item. A TV channel has just tracked down the main lynchpin of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda who was involved in the Rs 4000 crore mining scam. Koda’s key aide was found to be in a remote Indonesian town. He is Anil Bastawade. The CBI claimed it could not track him. Another aide of Bastawade, one Ashish Tuli, has revealed that Bastawade had been doing business with top Indian firms. The Enforcement Directorate has swung into action to probe the affair. The Ministry of External Affairs likewise is pursuing the matter in Indonesia. The Home Ministry remains red faced and tongue tied. Without taking away any credit from resourceful media, it may be safely assumed that the leak of this stunning exposure came from elements within the establishment.
One asks: Are we dealing with a cabinet or with rival gangs locked in fierce infighting? Can one place the slightest hope on this body of politicians to suddenly reform their conduct and the institution which they serve? All thinking politicians, intellectuals, social activists and citizens should reflect and decide whether there is any alternative to undertaking the long hard task of creating a genuine new alternative.
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