To be honest,I did not initially connect with the ending of ‘Rang de Basanti’,where the young Indian Youth with a moral and social conscience kill the Defence Minister, and one of them ,even his own father, as they were shamelessly involved in scams and corruption on a gigantic scale with little or no remorse that they were looting their own country
It dawns on me now why young people are compelled by circumstances to take law into their own hands to get rid of such ‘old’ and ‘ongoing’ menace…This is not the India they want to Live in..so they are Changing it
With the increasing Scale of Scams…there is just no end to Greed !…It is not too difficult now to connect with the ending in ‘Rang de Basanti’ and the role of ‘Shahenshah’ where the angry Amitabh Bachhan plays the title role in a one man mission to destroy all who are criminal and corrupt
Just look at what is happening !…The Judiciary is supposed to be supreme…yet Supreme Court Judgements are blatantly flouted by Political leaders and their Parties…there is ongoing debate that even the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over Parliamentary Affairs !
The Telgi Stamp Scam of Rs 30000 crs (US $ 6 Billion) exposed the high and mighty in the political arena,to no avail…Major Defence Scams have been exposed but little justice done…. The recently exposed Telecom Scam of Rs 80000 crs (US $ 16 Billion) in granting 2G Licenses at Throwaway Valuations too may meet a similar fate……The scale is put in perspective if you view it against the fact that over 20%, or over 200 million people, of the 1.13 Billion Population In India live officially below the poverty line of just over Rs 500 (US $ 10 only ) for urban areas and even lower than this for rural areas
Land Scams,Stock Market Scams,Pyramid Scheme Scams,Defence Scams,Health Scams,Employment Scams…the list is endless…I now fear that with the Indo US Nuclear Treaty having been signed,the Mother of all Scams may be just ahead !
Yes, we are the world’s largest democracy and love our Freedom…..Freedom of Frustration,Freedom of Anger,Freedom of being Shorted,Freedom of Poverty and the Continuing Inequality……
We have ourselves to blame….we vote these Legislators to our Legislature…they pass the laws,often guided by pecuniary interests…they are guided by The Executive….often how not to leave footprints in the Trail…..we are protected by a Judiciary who itself has repeatedly thrown up it’s hands in frustration…when Deliberate Delays and Denials and Destruction of Evidence has become the order of the Day
The Godhra Carnage and the Gujarat Riots that Followed threw up two ‘Independent’ Commisioned Reports….The Nanavati Report and the earlier Banerjee Report..both are reputed names in our Judiciary……In essence ,the conclusion of one of them is a Deliberate Lie as both give remarkably conflicting reports on the same evidence…so which one does one Believe ! ?…Nanavati has concluded that the Godhra Train Fire was a deliberate act and 160 litres of Fuel was used to set the Bogies on Fire which resulted in the Death of many karsevaks….Banerjee,in an earlier report has stated that there is no evidence of any Fuel being used and that the Bogies caught Fire by accident ! …Whatever ! but the reality was that this Fire was followed by the Gujarat riots in which it appears that the Minority Community was targeted and thousands of them died with the accusation that the State abbetted this by deliberately delaying police rescue and protective action
We have only Two Tools to stay within the Law…File a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and liberally use The Right to Information (RTI) Act to elicit Information on Issues…unfortunately the PIL and RTI does not apply in Switzerland were Indians have stocked away undeclared and ill gotten wealth of over US $ 1456 Billion according to a 2006 report of the Swiss Bank Association !
We can ofcourse continue encouraging and supporting’ Reel’ Life to reflect ‘Real’ Life…While I blog this a Movie ‘Deshdrohi’ has been held up for release in Maharashtra by the Court on a petition that it may create a law and order situation as it portrays the plight of the North Indian Migrant…an issue made extremely sensitive and brought to the forefront in debate by a political party in the State who has taken upon itself to protect and promote the identity and rights of the Indigenous Citizens of the State
And of course we can continue to Invest in Equities with the Prayer that we are not made continuous suckers in Insider Trading and Stock Manipulation and IPO Scams…..key word here is ‘continuous’ !