Have we really taken the first steps to move beyond cynicism and negativity to an environment of hope?
As India turns 68, I find
myself confronted with a strange dilemma. Have we forgotten the real meaning of
independence of mind? Is our independence also leading us to be independent? Is
there a contradiction there?
For the supreme sacrifice put
in by many of our ancestors, we should remain forever thankful to them. We have
gained tremendously on multiple fronts. Economically, strategically, but
somewhere I feel we have begun to lose our moral sheen. Look around us. There
is more negativity than optimism. There is greater distrust that we have within
our local ecosystems. It’s these two factors that put me in a dilemma about the
state of the nation
Great civilizations are built
over centuries. India has been blessed to have some of the finest minds from
adi-kaal. Whether it was science, maths or physics, Indian minds were way ahead
of the rest. Now as we enter a new phase of the millennium, the scenario is
looking more and more challenging for us. We need to figure out why we are
becoming more pessimistic, cynical and distrustful of our own surroundings?
Prime Minister Modi has often
talked about creating a completely new ecosystem. Last year he spoke about a
ten year moratorium on communal violence, he promised toilets across the
country in a years time for girl students, beti bachao, beti padhao were all
great slogans. All borne out of hope. An year down the lane, as he will walk up
to the ramparts of Red Fort to deliver the independence day speech, questions
will be raised about how he will tackle the environment of cynicism which once
again seems to be engulfing us.
Already images of war veterans
being pushed around have been splashed on TV screens. How will he deal with the
clamor for OROP? Opinion poll done by ABP news channel shows majority of people
aren’t happy with Modi’s handling of corruption related issues. In my program,
The Hot Seat on CNN IBN, Anand Sharma, former union minister made it virtually
clear that parliamentary paralysis was here to stay.
In this kind of an
environment, how will we as a nation move from the cycle of pessimism to
possible optimism? The answer to this question could well determine how loudly
and sincerely we say JAI HIND tomorrow