I have seen promos of celebrities, people talking about the importance of voting and choosing good governance for a country like ours. The question is whom are you going to vote? if there are no good people in politics who can bring the change we would like to see in our country.
Every time the elections comes up, the political parties vie for the precious vote of ‘ours’ that would bring them back in power. Once they are in the power, it’s the same old story of this government not been better than the previous one. Every one of the politicians seems to be involved in some kind of scams, corruption. No wonder there wealth shows a huge jump (Check out their wealth declaration in each election) and still they get a hike in the salary of an MP (Member of Parliament). When the average Indian salary still does not account for that.
It does not matter which political party they belong to, they seem more interested in making money for themselves than serving the country. No attempt is being made to make the system transparent and fill out the loopholes that advocate its misuse. The process of transparency is on such a slow track that one wonder if they would even be alive to see it in their own life time.
What is the point of voting when you the person that you elect is going to do the same? Once elected, they cannot be held accountable for the tall promises they made. The next time elections are around, one should abstain from voting. This would send out a strong message to the political parties who boast of having national interest in their heart about the strength of the citizens. It’s the people who have the power to decide who should run the government.
Only when we are united can a message be send across that enough of the scams, corruptions that’s been taking rampantly and need of greater accountability to set in.
The problem of today is that its hard to find good politicians among the dirty fishes. The only way they can survive if we take the responsibility of cleaning the pool of bad fish.
Abstaining from voting is a greater way to send out across a message to the political parties that the citizens of the country are not living in ignorance and know the change they want to see.
There is a saying about the corruption in India that even after paying a bribe one cannot be certain that the work will get done. One can picture the image how corrupt can corrupt people can be.
Off lately, I have been reading about the various scams that have been reported in the media. Be it the 2G spectrum scandal, CWG scam or the latest Adarsh society ghotala. The media is doing its job of bringing the truth out in the open but the question largely remains is do you think all the necessary steps would be taken to punish who are guilty?
The answer is a straight “NO”. Except for the small fishes who would be made to bear the brunt of these scams, the bigger fish would go scot free and probably none would question their role in the future as the Indian public suffers from short term memory and the media which is hell bent on bringing the truth would stop reporting about it after a certain time has passed as it no longer makes the news it used to…
Corruption is not a new phenomenon in our society and even we as the people have accepted it as a way of life as long as it gets our work done. For e.g., the diwali baksish that is given to the postman, telephone guy, etc. are a sign that even though we know its wrong for them to ask money for us but still most of us give it so that the services they provide does not gets hampered.
People don’t join politics with the intention of serving the nation in the heart instead they are busy filling their coffers when they are in power. Look at the past of the politicians and one could see a rag to riches story which might seem phenomenal but there is more than what meets the eye. Take the instance of the former Jharkhand chief minister Madu Koda who was a mine worker who ended up amassing a wealth worth over crores. Then there are the Reddy brothers, sons of a police constable who went on to become mining barons and play key decision makers in the ruling government of the Karnataka state.
Its one thing to bring out the scams/corruption out in the open and other to see that the culprits pay for their crime. The Indian judicial system takes such a long time to book the culprits that when the verdict finally comes it comes too late, too little. No wonder this only encourages the corrupt people who know how to make use of the loopholes in the system.
Unless there is transparency in the system and the RTI Act is empowered more to bring out information on in the public domain, corruption would never come to an end.