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An appeal from the Ganges (to the people of Varanasi)

In my far and wide reach, in distance and time,

I’ve grown wiser studying large chunks of history pages,

Witnessed rise and fall of civilizations through stages,

A few words of wisdom for you from my journey through the ages.

 

You live in a city older than history,

Older than tradition,

A test lies ahead. Use your intuition,

Take an informed decision.

 

For this election, all sorts of people will come to you,

Practicers of political nepotism,

Agents of crony capitalism,

Bigots of religious fundamentalism.

 

They’ll try various notions to connect to you,

Sari for the ladies, liquor for men,

Paid advertisements, rating Modi ten on ten

Using money they alter the views of a truthful and just pen.

 

There will be others,

They won’t brag about their might,

Against corruption is their mission to fight,

Their vision is to realize Swaraj as a right

 

Unlike the conventional parties,

They’ll talk about empowering you,

Know them. Discuss. Tell them about your view,

For various perspectives only can take this country through

 

This clash of titans is not about personalities,

The future of your country is at stake,

Your choice has the potential to repair it or to break,

Mai or AAP; which side will you take?

 

I get annoyed to see citizens willing to sell their country,

It pains to see people succumb to the power of note,

This time, ask your conscience before you cast your vote,

Mai or AAP? Give this country a game changing result to quote.

 

Day by day, I get older and near my death,

In the burden of your sins, your filth, your shit, your pee,

I’m doomed. Atleast hear your mother river’s one last plea,

Don’t let your motherland suffer the same fate as me.

 

 

Of Aam Aadmi, their party and its practices

When Justice Katju said about a year back that more than 90% of the Indians are idiots, he was backfired from all circles. Every morning, I take the newspaper to learn about the happenings in and around the world. After reading news articles since the last few days, I am convinced to believe that a majority of Indian population is stupid. The kind of issues that are being discussed as the top news, be it a five bedroom house of a leader or his mode of transport or his continuous persistence on avoiding security, which have no effect whatsoever on the daily life of an average Delhite or an average Indian clearly supplements my hypothesis.

The Aam Aadmi party or the AAP was started with a mission, a great mission of eradicating corruption in the public services and thereby promising a better government. The aim of providing excellent governance shouldn’t be neglected at the cost of maintaining a simple life. For me as a citizen, it doesn’t matter if someone lives in a 5 BHK house or a lavish bungalow. I want an efficient mechanism to get my driving license, voter card in time and without bribe. I want a transparent policing of various schemes of the government.

Sarojini Naidu said it rightly that “It costs the nation a fortune to keep Gandhi living in poverty.”  The same would apply for the leaders of the AAP. It may inspire you to see Arvind Kejriwal travel in a metro instead of a car. But about 1700 police personnel were involved for smooth travel of Arvind Kejriwal and associates on his metro ride from Kaushambi to Ramlila Maidan. Kejriwal taking up all the praise from media and the great Indian middle class at the cost of so many extra police personnel than required is nothing but mismanagement of government resources.

I keep reiterating it in my friend circle and I repeat it here too, being a saint in politics should be an individual’s choice. There should be no need to enforce and publicize ones simplicity. By populating the culture of very simple living, there will be an increasing restriction on the number of people joining the movement. The AAP movement or for that matter, any political movement will flourish only when individuality is respected. For people to actually enter competitive politics, it should be looked upon as just another profession, where people join in, do their job, draw their salary, and maintain a decent standard of living.

The people in government sector are literally paid peanuts as compared to their corporate counterparts. To compensate a little for the small salaries, certain perks and privileges, like housing, transport is provided. My simple point is when one does the work assigned to him; why not use the salary and perks? And even if one does want to use the salary, why publicize the saintly deeds?

In a country where 600 million people are directly dependent on agriculture and there has been no job creation in that sector since the past few decades or so, where 40 percent of the people earn less than 50 rupees a day, where poverty and unemployment are accepted truths, it is the work of the government and not the way of life that will improve the standard of living of the people. A few months from today, it won’t matter if you wore plain shirts and traveled using public transport. The next time a person votes, it’ll be purely based on your delivery of services. To all the AAP ministers, your time is precious, stop being such a staunch Gandhian and focus all your energy on a better, accountable and efficient government.

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