jump to navigation

Mera Bharat Mahan?

Part I

63 year ago on the 15th of August 1947 India got its independence from British rule and its birth as a sovereign nation. 63 years later, where do we stand.

Ask any Indian abroad, where you from are, and he will politely and proudly answer, I am from Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala…. etc, but none say they are from India. Why? The biggest question that troubles me.

Every Indian whether living in India or abroad live in their own world, none are bothered what is happening around them, like an Ostrich when senses danger buries its head in the soil assuming that the danger is gone. They think that but voting and electing a government their job is over, what about all the corruption that is going around every government body is corrupted, be it a politician, cops, etc.

For instance Commonwealth game, IPL, to name a few, corruption at the highest level and no action being taken, how can they swindle the people of India of their wealth and misuse it? Indian Economy is ranked 11th in the world, few statistics below:-

GDP $1.250 trillion (nominal: 11th; 2009)]$3.526 trillion (PPP: 4th; 2009)
GDP growth  7.4% (2009/2010)
GDP per capita  $1,031 (nominal: 139th; 2009) $2,941 (PPP: 128th; 2009)
GDP by sector  Agriculture (17.5%), industry (20%), services (62.5%) (2009 est.)
Inflation (CPI) 9.97% (July 2010) Food inflation (9.53%) (Aug 2010)
poverty line
42% (456 million live below $1.25 per day) (2010 est.)
Gini index 36.8 (List of countries)
Labour force 467 million (2nd; 2009)
Labour force
by occupation
Agriculture (52%), industry (14%), services (34%) (2003)
Unemployment 10.7% (2010 est.)

The corruption industry if I may call is a whopping Billion dollars, below a few statistics:-

It is a no brainer that Corruption in India is at its rampant best. There is not one section of the society that is spared from it. Corruption in the form of bribery takes the cake and given that it begins at the grass root level makes it even more difficult to monitor and control. The Corruption and Bribery Report published at trak.in earlier, gives a detailed breakdown of the scale of the bribes and the reasons why bribes are given.

The striking though well known findings of the report points out that close to half the bribes are requested by the Government Officials both at the state and national level. The same government personnel who are entrusted with the development of the nation are filling their own pockets. No wonder then the nation’s politicians are the most corrupt lot.

However, it was only for the petty money minded officials filling their own pockets, the enormity of the bribery might be restricted to a certain level. What if corruption takes the shape of a billion dollar behemoth? According to Management Guru C.K.Prahalad, the cost of corruption to the country might as well exceed Rs. 250,000 crores.

The total spending for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections is pegged at a whopping Rs. 10,000 crore. The breakup of this spending throws up some interesting insights too.

8000 crore spent by political parties and individual candidates? Where do they get hold of this kind of money to spend? Again, it comes as a no brainer that it is hugely attributed to the Private Funding that political parties attract from big pocket industrialists. The reasons why private spending of this scale happens again is rather simple Favoritism. It is a well known fact that government support is crucial for industries small and large. One favourable swing in a huge tender or a favourable policy, and all the benefits can be reaped.

C.K.Prahalad fitting compares politicians with Venture Capitalists 🙂

Given the risky nature of the investments in elections, politicians as venture capitalists, we can assume, will not settle for less than a 10-fold return.

More than spending by individuals and political parties, what one fails to understand is, Why is a 10,000 crore rupee spend needed for carrying out Elections. There can be infrastructure and operational costs, but they can never amount to such alarming numbers.

Now, when the government is well aware of crores of amount spent on election campaigns and product like advertisements with politicians selling themselves door to door, why can’t regulations be implemented to stop all this waste of money? Why can’t the regulatory bodies impose a maximum cap on the amount spent on election campaigns failing which the political party is banned to contest. However, accountability is something that leaves a lot for asking and barring which none of the measures to put a stop to corruption can reap rewards.

It is embarrassing that billions of dollars are being spent on electing leaders who do nothing more than succumbing to taking bribes after getting elected, whilst doing nothing that they promised during their election campaign.

When are the voters going to wake up and realize how important every single vote is. In a way by us voting and electing these corrupt leaders we are encouraging corruption and that too knowingly, it time to wake up and take a stand by boycotting the next elections.

After 63 year there are 41.01% of India’s population which lives below poverty level ($ 1.25 a day), ranking India 1st and China 2nd with 22.12% in this segment, alarming!

Even after all this we proud Indians continue to say “Mera Bharat Mahan”.



No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: