Wake up India, before it’s too late

April 21st, 2011

Give crores to cricketers, let several Arunimas suffer … So what?

Indians have long been blamed for being complacent about every act of malpractice and corruption that is so rampant in this country. A wise man once told me Indians are like fishes and corruption is like water. Just as a fish cannot avoid water, Indians cannot avoid corruption. Agreed! But the tragedy today is that most Indians have become utterly shameless while certain sections, especially the youth, believe in half truths and feel they know everything, equipped as they are with a few mindless social networking sites.

I, like most other fellow citizens of my country, also cheered when India won the World Cup and I agree they played well. But wait a second. Is this not what players are supposed to do? Players played a game, I repeat, A GAME well. Fine. Cheer for them! Encourage them! Pat them on their backs! But how dare we offer pots of money, bungalows, free airlines and railway passes to them who are already filthy rich and live an opulent lifestyle.

On other hand, when national-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha is thrown out of a running train by robbers and loses her leg, the government finds it has suddenly run out of cash. While the High Court has ordered the UP Government and the Railways to pay a mere Rs 5 lakh each to Arunima, there was little else in consolation from our so-called political leaders and other organisations. So a total Rs 10 lakh for Arunima compared with Rs 5 crore, Rs 10 crore and villas to Dhoni, Sehwag, Kohli and the likes.

And why only Arunima? This is a country which ranks 67th in global hunger index, in which 37 per cent of the population still lives below the poverty line and which is home to world’s most underweight children. What are we doing? Where are we going as a country? This is a country where millions still go to bed half fed. How dare we offer crores to cricketers or shamelessly show them being auctioned on prime TV channels, while slotting a programme on poor farmers only on DD National, which hardly anyone watches.

Last week millions thronged to support Gandhian Anna Hazare who was surrounded by people who do nothing for the society. The same rush of support could be seen in social networking sites as well. But these same people are never seen when a six-year-old gets killed by his employer or a woman gets raped and killed by some stranger? How many of us do not offer bribes to agents, clerks to get our passports, driver’s license, tickets made? Can we stop all that forever?

It is easy to preach but we should truly wake up in terms of being a true human and practice it…

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