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August 6, 2010

I was shocked to see a suddenly erupted make shift hutment colony on the pavement near the Chatrapati Shivaji Intnernational Airport yesterday night.

I was shocked because it was not there on Monday night. But on Thursday night the pavement had the look of lived in. as if the hutments were there for quite long. Actually I am not sure whether to call those plastic covered tents as huts. They were conical shape tents supported by one bamboo only.

What with clothes hanging and drying on the pavements, common household garbage strewn around, children and adults busy in using the place near these so called homes as toilets. Couples relaxing behind the tents or a group of men and women singing songs.

I don’t know what surprised me more—the sudden eruption of the tents or the people sleeping outside those tents near the gutter, on the road over a sheet of newspaper, with rats, cockroaches running around , with flies and mosquitoes covering the sleeping figures like bed sheets.

And I was stunned to see those figures sleeping soundly as if they were dead

I wondered how could they have such a sound sleep when I like many others of the so called slightly well to do people find it difficult to sleep in AC rooms, on cushy soft mattresses if a single fly enters our safe cocoon of comfortable rooms. And these people living in such inhumane conditions, surroundings were able to have sound sleep oblivious of the heavy traffic, the unbearable stink?

I am sure they were not worried about tomorrow or day after, or about their daughter’s marriage or son’s career or share market.

I often wonder whether these people ever get jealous of the better offs? Do their children also throw temper tantrums like our children over a new toy or a new dress?

I for sure know that most of the people like me are always dreaming about having what others who are financially better off than us have.

Don’t they get jealous of people who have solid roofs over their head?

I know I am drifting and being emotional. I also know these are harsh realities of life.

Looking at those people I wanted to catch hold of all our leaders, our MPs, MLAS who have been talking about India Shining and MERA BHARAT MAHAN

Are these the characteristics of Mahan India?

The so called leaders are either busy adding to their bank balances or promoting their family members (latest commonwealth scams are proof enough).

Why don’t they do something for these people rather than talking about Marathi Manus or Hindutava or raising baseless and senseless issues of religion or regionalism?

If our Government of so many self acclaimed leaders is not able to provide the basic amenities to the common public, if it is not able to secure a decent living, if it is not able to value human dignity then there is no point talking about India Shining.

What impression will the tourist coming from other countries will carry of our country if the first sight they see outside the airport is beggars, eunuchs pestering passersby on traffic signals, children asking for alms, adults using the roads as urinals or toilets, or people living in such hutments?

Moreover if they read about the various corruption scams during their stay in India what impression will they carry about our country?

Won’t they call Indians a bunch of liars?

The reality on the roads, in the news papers is totally in contrast to the tall claims of Mera Bharat Mahan and India shining.

Looking at the scenario around can we proudly say MERA BHARAT MAHAN?

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2010 2:54 am

    nice post..very expresive style of writing..

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  2. August 7, 2010 8:58 am

    Once upon a time, there lived a Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi during whose regime a phrase of GARIBI HATAO was coined and down the years our leaders are continuing chanting of the same phrase. Is it not sufficient to prove that really’ Mera Bharat Mahan! ‘

  3. August 7, 2010 7:28 pm

    Yes mera Bharat is really Mahan when we look at our corrupt leaders.These leaders are not worried about the country. they are only interested in piling up wealth and they know that they will never be punished , be it any party. To the outer world they try to pose opponents but from within all are same and they protect each other, the same way as IAS lobby officers who save each other in their corrupt practices. Even the so called CVC and CBI are also corrupt and this I am saying from my own experience as i have also worked in vigilance department.

  4. Satwinder Singh permalink
    August 7, 2010 11:22 pm

    Great post. Bringing out the stark realities of India. The truth is that India can never call itself an Economic Superpower or become a developed nation unless it manages to eradicate extreme traces of poverty which has become ubiquitous.

  5. August 8, 2010 2:59 pm

    There is an event which I witnessed more than 6 years back, cannot disclose the location nor the people, but there was a housing project launched by some semi-government or maybe trust organization. I was staying at my friends in-laws, closely near to the slums where this event occurred. Details are not known coz I was not interested but a building was donated or loaned out at penny prices to a few slum dwellers of that city.
    And guess what, the flats were sold out under the table by the dwellers themselves after a few months who in return shifted back to their places.
    Mera bharat mahan….The rich want to become richer and the poor have no dreams or like their way of life.

  6. August 8, 2010 7:34 pm

    Very well put. nice share . Guess some people never change . And in Indian power circled power “to do” things just keeps revolving . Never comes out for what it’s needed.

  7. August 8, 2010 7:46 pm

    We have reached a situation in the country that we are not ashamed of being called the most corrupt nation in the world.Recently, Maharashtra CM has allotted flats built for the poor to his favourites under CM’s quota.The scam may be worth few thousand crores worth.

  8. August 18, 2011 7:21 pm

    Hi, good to see your blog & your interest in the nation, politics & issues like corruption. I had been to Freedom Park, Bangalore to support the Anna Hazare team recently. I have shared my experience on my blog . Do have a look. The same is shared on IndiBlogger also at 🙂 Puneet


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