Vigilant Voter is the Asset of Democracy
Post freedom, India witnessed a substantial devaluation of democratic systems and the key reason why it happened so is the ‘non-alert’ voter. Many voters in the country succumb to a bottle of sharab, money and other such allurements offered to them by corrupt candidates. Unfortunately, caste and creed too are proving to be influential factors rather than merit of a good candidate. Apart from this, political unawareness is also a reason why good people are not elected in Loksabha and other legislative houses. As a result, corrupt, hooligan, character-less people too are getting elected to our holy temples of democracy. Such people can never work for common people’s welfare. It is unfortunate that even after long 65 years of freedom; we the Indians have not recognized the importance of our own vote. One vote of an Indian can change the entire country, let us remember this always.
“Corruption free India” is possible only when every Indian decides not to vote for corrupts and says ‘no’ to corruption while going to election booth for voting. Every Indian must pledge that ‘I will not corrupt myself and shall not allow others to adopt corrupt practices during elections and voting’. Unless and until voters decide for a clean voting process, stop taking bribes for casting votes, we cannot expect the India to be free from corruption.
It is therefore necessary to undertake voter’s awakening program in villages, towns, cities and metros of India. People will have to vow that they will not cast their votes in consideration of party, bribes, caste and creed and they will elect only those candidates having clean and good character. In order to take this Voter’s Awareness Campaign further, we need thousands of youth volunteers having a social concern and affection towards the motherland. The country looks forward for such a massive campaign now.
Unless the country elects clean and ethically sound people, the parliament will not be forced to make anti corruption laws such as Jan-Lokpal, Right to Reject, Right to Recall, Right to Service, Citizens’ Charter etc. The other laws that force governments to take fast, bribe-free and justified decisions in the matters concerning to a common man, must be in place. In addition, strengthening of gram-sabhas and ward sabhas, De-centralization and ‘power to people’ are key issues for our democracy. In case the parliament makes such people friendly provisions through enactment, the corruption will be substantially reduced thereby ensuring justice to a common man. It is therefore essential that people elect good people as their representatives.
Besides corruption, we will have to look into farmer’s issues seriously as the farmer’s financial situation is getting critical day by day. It is unfortunate that in our ‘agriculture dominated’ country, lacs of farmers have opted to suicide as they were never assured of their livelihood; which is a major system failure. Apart from their weak financial condition, the governments across the country are stealing their lands from them in the name of “development” which in fact is boon only to selfish politicians, corrupt officers and the ultra-corrupt corporate sector of this country. Poor farmers are cheated, their lands are acquired at a throw away price without any fair rehabilitation and if they refuse to give their lands, the governments across the country use muscle power to thrash them out merely for the benefit of these selfish politicians, corrupt babus and ultra corrupt corporate sector. In addition to this nexus, multi-national companies are also looting the land, water and other natural resources utilizing this corrupt machinery. For the greedy corporate sector and multinational companies, our own governments are beating farmers with lathis and also firing bullets when they protest against it.
Many recent incidents prove that this government is not less than the brutal British rulers who governed this country then. Privatization of land, forests and water in the interest of corporate and multinationals is a direct threat to sovereignty of our country. If people’s representatives and bureaucrats are public servants and people are owners of country, then they have no right to mismanage (the public assets and natural resources belonging to the people) for their own greed. Government must consult and consider people before taking any decision with reference to the natural and public resources.
The government which cannot protect the interest of small and poor farmers has no moral right to continue in the power. The government which cannot protect the soul of constitution has no legitimate right to continue in the power. It is now necessary to dissolve this current parliament and seek a fresh mandate of people of this country. People have lost their faith in political parties as almost all parties are rolling around power and money while having a least concern towards people. Political parties are misusing the law and many times making laws in their own common interests. For example, the donations offered to a political party to the extent of Rs. 20,000 are exempted deliberately from mentioning the name of the donor; whereby crores of rupees (black money) afforded by corporate are divided in bogus names to the limit of 20,000 and parties enjoy this money. This is misuse of power for turning black money white. The government must cease all such accounts of political parties but it will never do so because ruling party and opposition parties are mutual beneficiaries. How come these political parties will have interest in eliminating corruption?
It is therefore necessary for people to vote for good and clean candidates without considering party lines and their unholy offerings. This country will change only if we elect good representatives to our parliament. We will have to get together and form a nationwide apolitical organization to initiate a nationwide movement. We will have to build a public pressure which will govern the governments; whichever party may rule. All parties have only one crucial fear- ‘fear of losing the power’!
Let us rise and get organized. Let us build a nationwide organization. Let our youth go to the nation and awake it. My train-tour of country starts in the month of January. Let us unite and struggle as soldiers in the second war of independence. The people who wish to participate in the movement may contact on following addresses.
Jay Hind !!
[K.B. alias Anna Hazare]
22 th November 2012, Tuesday
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