A year ago in May, Indians gave a definitive verdict to the Congress delivering it more seats than any single party had got in a long time. The hope was that we would finally have a government that works. The 100-day agenda outlined by the new government offered promise.
That was all a year ago.
What a difference a year makes.
Last Friday night, I opted to watch some of the news channels instead of India getting clobbered by Australia in the T20 match. Headlines Today was playing the Raja-Radia tapes and focusing on the umpteenth expose of the spectrum scandal. That Raja continues to be our telecom minister is a telling tale on the state of affairs of the nation. That Our ‘Honourable’ Prime Minister continues to let him continue to be in the cabinet is an even sorrier story. But the sorriest part is how we – the educated Indians – have become immune to corruption and the misdeeds of the politicians. The casualty, as we stumble from one crisis to another scam, is governance and much-needed development of the country
I will, in the coming days, discuss my frustrations with what I see happening around us. I have my biases – having helped co-found the Friends of BJP last year, and working through this year to revive the movement. For a moment, leave the political affiliation aside. Focus on the future of the country and our children. We are watching what is happening. If 10-15 years from now, your then grown-up child were to ask you, “You saw what was happening. Why didn’t you do something about it?” What will be your answer? That answer – and the action we take (or choose not to take) now – will determine the fate of this country.