Tuesday, October 01, 2013

State of the Nation

Today (2nd October) is Gandhi Jayanthi. We may take some time off our usual routine and introspect where we are headed.

The prime minister whose core competence is in betraying the nation has said he would not resign in response to Rahul Gandhi's fulmination against the ordinance. "I have seen many ups and downs in my life. Let us see which way the wind blows."

Yes, he has seen ups and downs in his life. But, in his leadership the country has seen only downs in the recent past.

Digvijaya Singh, supposedly one of the most cerebral Congress persons, has said that Lalu Prasad has been framed. Once in a blue moon, a politician gets convicted for corruption. Even when convicted, his influential political friends will bail him out.

One tends to be  pessimistic about India. Governments may or may not change; but governance would remain in the pits. Maladministration and corruption being so widespread, the system cannot tolerate any palpable redemptive measures. Rahul Gandhi's histrionics is not a game-changer. Lalu's conviction is just a one-off diversion.

The Mahatma must be happy that he is not alive to watch such lows in Indian governance.

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