MERA BHARAT MAHAN
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?