I am disillusioned. With the Goverment of India. With our honourable Prime Minister. With every leader who’s either in power or in the Opposition.
I really can’t find the human side in them. And this troubles me to a great degree. It took the Honourable Prime Minister of India 8 days to address a Nation, that is burning with rage. And when he did come out with a public speech, it was just a speech – like all of his speeches, read out from a paper in a robotic, monotonic manner with a deadpan expression on his face.
I’m trying to find the human behind Manmohan Singh, but I fail. Miserably.
Just this once, could he not address the nation just as Manmohan Singh, and not as Prime Minister of India? Just this once, could he not try to connect personally with every Indian who is agitated? Could he not speak from his heart, instead of a piece of paper?
Why does this democracy doesn’t seem like one, anymore? When Delhi police jawans mercilessly lathi-charge (baton-charge) young women, why does it seem like colonial India all over again?
When Home Minister, Sushil Shinde brushes away questions about innocent citizens injured in police atrocities as “collateral damage”, why can I not help seeing the similiarity with America’s position on Iraqi citizens killed during Iraq invasion?
These are Indian citizens we are talking about, Mr. Shinde! These injured people have Indian passports, they have their names, own identities! THEY ARE NOT JUST COLLATERAL DAMAGE!
The way President Obama addressed the Nation after Conneticut shootings was laudable. Our politicians and bureaucrats have some lessons to learn. They are politicians – the representatives of our people.
If they cannot assuage people’s anger, then they are failed politicians.
If they cannot interact with agitators on a personal level, they are failed representatives.
If they cannot come out of their A/C offices, and meet the angry people on the streets, and speak their language, then they are failures.
I am disillusioned, and so are many young people like me.