Monday, 18 April 2011

Just do it!

India as a nation has lost its ability to believe in an idealism that can propel positive change into becoming a reality. What we do before we get to the drawing board of any "probabilities" of change is to stamp our cynicism all over the process and leave it trampled to die, only because we are convinced that nothing good can ever come from diverse factors converging for common agendas of betterment; and which need our cooperation and faith to succeed.

I have the deepest respect for caution, and for considered deliberation that looks at all such issues of importance with detached analysis; and will always prefer endeavors that are non-partisan, objective and not packaged in emotional rhetoric. But when civil society has seen fit to created a legitimate platform that has the potential to have an interventional effect in policy making that is essential for a clean-up-India act, then we need to nurture this so that it can offer value to the democratic process of governance.

The dooms day reports that continue to be the intellectual speak of well wishers is beginning to get on my nerves, quite honestly. If optimism is viewed as naivety (as it appears to be the subtext of much of these dooms-day articles in the news papers), then we can never produce change from systems that are compromised and suspect. Mahatma Gandhi epitomizes idealism. The credo of ahimsa is an idealistic one, but proved to be potent and effective in overthrowing British rule in India.

If there is a space that can bring to the table the issues that focus on corruption in India, then let us allow for it to occur. I do not think that the Indian nation is a population of over emotional idiots. Let the first stages of discourse start. Let us apply our caution to seeing that this bill on corruption holds no possibilities that compromise the higher offices of judicial authority. Let us contribute our caution to the charter of ideas that can bring a workable application to stemming the rot of corruption.

Merely desiring to uphold the shambles of a "democracy" as the ideal instead of recognising the major flaws within this system is a false "protection" of the rights of a free nation. The many areas of corrupt governance is overwhelming. The stories of the people who came to Jantar Mantar were real. Let us stop and contemplate the alternative. If we do not use this opportunity; and do it of course with caution and deliberation to achieve the best ideals for honest governance and social existence; we will regret this wasted moment in history.

Let all political parties also realise that it is detrimental to India to have this corrupt profile that is associated with our country. As the Nike campaign goes: Just do it! Clean up India of it's corruption and let us not assume that in doing this we become an authoritarian state in the process. Let us work out a system that holds methods of democratic value. The need to do this is imperative but I fear we will only allow for one more chance of progress to become an aborted dream.

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