I heard slogan of "Congress mukta Bharat" (Congress free India) during this year's (2014) general election campaign by BJP leader Mr. Narendra Modi. Many BJP supporters liked the idea, after all who doesn't like to wipe out their political rival from picture? Somehow every other problem which India is facing today is blamed upon Congress party and its ideologies. Actually there is a very nice sounding reason for this as this party ruled the country for most of the time since independence (1947). Superficially this claim looks very robust and logical but if we analyze it closely it doesn't look only one party's fault. BJP itself is in national politics in some form or another since last 40 years or so. They also got chance to run central government for ~ 9 years in between (six years on their own and three years as a part of Janta Party govt.). They are major opposition party from last few years and also have their government in some states of India. So part of the blame also goes to them, but they may not accept this as they want to put all blame on Congress. No doubt Congress cannot escape the blame, they have to accept responsibilities for their mistakes but there are more than one culprits here who are responsible for all this mess.
Over the years India has developed very corrupt, unaccountable political and bureaucratic system (if we want we can blame it on legacy of British rule). Our politicians hardly tried to modify the structure of police or bureaucratic setup which British designed to suit them (the rulers). India got the new constitution which promises so many great things but they didn't support it with system reforms which was required to deliver those promises to every citizen. This system is still running some how but it failed to deliver expected results, and people are upset because it missed the mark not by a whisker but by a distance. Lack of transparency and accountability are major salient features of this system. This system also heavily depends on the people who are running it, if the they are really honest and sincere system might produce desired results but if not then there is ample scope for corruption and if they are caught there are many loopholes in existing laws which allows them to get away with it. So the failure of Congress or even BJP to deliver great results is in part because of nature of this system. But this system is very beneficial for rulers, it allows them to have complete control over judiciary, investigating agencies and police (after all British designed it to control India), so these parties are very reluctant to change it. Whenever they gou opportunity Congress or BJP both never showed any intent to introduce desired reforms to make this system more transparent and accountable. They both made many promises which were not fulfilled mostly because of widespread corruption in entire system.
This so called Congress free India promised by BJP is not going to be any different with this same system (if at all it happens). I wish solution was so simple to all problems which India is facing today. Actually no matter which party comes in power, with same system in place, with same loopholes not many things are going to change for common people of India. They need more strong laws along with independent agencies which can implement them impartially and effectively to protect people's interests. There are many laws and rules which protect interests of political parties and their leaders, they all fight for it and these rules are effectively implemented but similar treatment is not offered to common people. They are at mercy of these leaders or parties to get anything from the government. Technically in true democracy it's government of the people, by the people, for the people but we don't see that picture in our country and that's why people are feeling delusioned with current system. This is the main reason why new and inexperienced party like AAP is getting so much support and attention. It's easy to blame one single party and it's easy to put all blame on them, but actually it's the fault of the whole system which involves all political parties and voters (who vote and also who don't vote). We need some reforms in every sector, it doesn't matter who brings them but we need them for sure. I think all political parties are aware of this demand but somehow they are not willing to accept this yet. They still want to play old style politics, after all who wants to dilute their share in power, who wants to loose total control over government and money. Congress free India is not appealing idea for me Mr. Modi, I don't even want it because I know it is not going to change anything for me, but yes, corruption free India is, transparent and accountable system is very appealing and if you want to talk about that then I am listening. Another request to you and all leaders from other parties is it will be great if you all can support your promises with some concrete actions because for last many decades we are only listening to false promises specially in with respect to dealing with corruption. So far it is just talk but no walk from all political parties and I expect to s some change this time.
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