Dear Father of the Nation

August 26, 2013

Such is Life

hanged-man“Leave India in God’s hands, in modern parlance, to anarchy; and that anarchy may lead to internecine warfare for a time, or to unrestricted dacoities. From these a true India will arise in place of the false one we see.” ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 24th May, 1942

 “In handing over the Government of India to these so-called political classes we are handing over to men of straw, of whom, in a few years, no trace will remain.” ~Sir Winston Churchill,  March 6, 1947

Dear Father of the nation,

We have come a long way since ‘independence’.

Since you gave up the ghost in the wee hours of the journey, we have left behind the ‘false India’ by several light years. Not only we have glorified ‘internecine warfare’ in the name of region, religion, cast, categories and poverty, but have institutionalised all shades of greed, bribery, dishonesty, vandalism, violence, extortion, larceny, maiming, acid attacks, kidnapping, sodomy, rape, gang rape, manslaughter and naxalism.

Beginning with petty pilfering from living and inanimate, natural and the manmade, trees and rocks, buildings and roads, mines and airwaves, sports and wars, we have graduated to pillaging, raping and murdering children, women, wildlife, nature and culture and then holding our heads the highest.

We have looted from the plate of the poor and destitute for the welfare of the downtrodden and weak. We have ensured that food grains rot in decrepit godowns even as countless wriggle for faeces in their bellies. We have taxed and battered the hard working class to pamper the louts and gluttonous middlemen.

We have also compromised the weapons, warships, armoury, vests, snow boots and coffins of the soldiers braving the elements in subhuman conditions. We have silenced the children clamouring for mid-day meals with deadly morsels. We have sabotaged governance to pamper goons and killers and victimised well meaning officials with suspensions and infamy in order to harvest insane vote banks.

We have allowed the motherland to be trampled by Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Shri Lanka even as our forces have chased naked fakirs in religious places. We have enshrined ‘unrestricted dacoities’ as a matter of right so that the vaults of Swiss Banks may burst at seams even as the nation scours for dimes.

We have fatally maimed a budding economy and sodomised the populace with backbreaking cost of living.

And since the ensuing commotion of the ocean of delinquents was causing such a pain you know where, we segregated them in two categories: those yet to attain majority and hence beyond the claws of justice and those past the minority and hence the very claws of the legislative.

Oh, there are the leftovers too, the Elois, the fodder unto the rapacious gristmills.

If you were to return to the putrefying corpse of the nation that you are alleged to have wrested from alien powers, I am sure you will gloat at the ‘true India’ that has emerged. You will also be amazed at how Sir Winston Churchill’s curse has actually turned into a blessing –all our men and women of politics are a stuff thicker than a rhino’s hide, save one, who sadly remains a man of straw.

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67 Comments on “Dear Father of the Nation”

  1. Helena Fortissima Says:

    A very powerful post, Uma. I don’t know what else to say. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Puru Says:

    I am sharing this

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  3. Puru Says:

    This government has broken our will :-/

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  4. wanderlustathome Says:

    Maybe what we needed was a Mother of the Nation and less said the better about the one that acts as if she is!
    What is needed is a different kind of nationalist movement now, who will bell the cat is the question that doesn’t have an answer yet

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  5. nothingprofound Says:

    A brave letter, Uma. But as the saying goes: You can knock on a deaf man’s door forever. These politicians are deaf and blind to everything save to the jiggle of coin in their pocket and their will to power.

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  6. Jas Says:

    Brilliant piece of writing uma. We are totally going downhill and there doesn’t seem to be any respite.

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  7. Samir Shyam Says:

    Magical word power ….. superior quality thoughts & beyond imagination devotion and hard work ……. awesome brother !!!! A bitter truth expressed so well !!!

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  8. My Say Says:

    Spell Bound US sir .. They who ruled us knew us better .. men of straw ..He knew them so well 😦

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  9. Saurabh Chawla Says:

    A powerful and intense letter. It clearly demonstrates each and every aspect whether good or bad (mostly bad) which we all are going through and the fact is, it is getting worse day by day. :/ It was a great pleasure reading the letter Uma 🙂

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  10. themoonstone Says:

    Very relevant letter US ! With everything going downhill, there is not much to clutch at.

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  11. Corinne Rodrigues Says:

    I believe we are all equally responsible for this – by our silence and choosing the comfortable option for ourselves and our families….How many of are politically active (I’m afraid to ask how many of us even vote!)? How many of us would encourage our children to choose political activism?

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  12. Pritam Says:

    Facts are heartbreaking… Thanks for the article

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  13. Yun Yi Says:

    Looks like can just copy the exactly the same and send to president of China. You are indeed “one grain among the storm”. A brilliant and passionate writing!

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    • umashankar Says:

      That is a sombre reflection, Yun. I always thought the gleaming façade of Beijing had turbulent seas just under the surface.

      As for me being One Grain Amongst the Storm, well, what else did you think I was?

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      • Yun Yi Says:

        Uma,
        “the gleaming façade of Beijing had turbulent seas just under the surface.”
        — you are totally right on that! I am not crazy about China’s current economic uprising. The price that country paid for that gleaming facade is the “rape of humanity”. It will not last long before some serious problems explode themselves.

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  14. renusethi Says:

    I know how u feel. The thing I hate most is the feeling of sheer helplessness. Very very well written.

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  15. Rajrupa Gupta (@IRajrupa) Says:

    Previously I used to hope against hope. But nowadays everything looks so doomed USP, I feel so helpless in this claustrophobic nation that closes in on its citizens a little more everyday

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  16. chsuresh63 Says:

    A depressing picture you paint Uma but even my natural optimism fails me in the face of today’s reality

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  17. R.Ramakrishnan Says:

    Your post epitomizes all that is India today – stark naked ruthless cruel dark truth about a nation that is arrogant, crude, rude,shameless, senseless, corrupt, greedy, materialistic, .decaying & rotten.

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  18. matheikal Says:

    Thank God, Gandhi can’t return to see the India he liberated!

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  19. Amit Says:

    I fear for the next generation. Will they survive this gluttony? Will we survive?

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  20. Dagny Says:

    This reminds me of a post I’d written called A Letter to Gandhi. Gandhi wouldn’t have lasted two years in post- independence India. Godse actually did him a favor.

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  21. Alka Gurha Says:

    A pleasure to read you again. Sad sad state of affairs. It gets worse by the day.

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  22. deepakkripal Says:

    A nice account of what has been a bumpy journey of a nation after her independence. How I wish things will change. But it’s not all dark I would like to imagine. Fortunately, coin always possess two sides 🙂

    great read, as always 🙂

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  23. jerseylil Says:

    Umashankar, this is a very powerful statement, brilliantly written with passion and a good dose of reality. You are courageous for writing it! I am sorry about what has happened to India, to the land you clearly love.

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  24. umashankar Says:

    Madilyn, India is tottering on the edge of a bottomless precipice like a Chernobyl or a Fukushima. You are a kind soul.

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  25. ilakshee Says:

    A powerful post on the abysmal state of affairs. I always scour the paper for some hint of hope but none comes forth, whichever sector you may be reading about. We are equally to be blamed for keeping quiet about all the anomalies hoping someone else will take it on!

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    • umashankar Says:

      Ilakshee, we are tumbling towards this black hole at breakneck speed and the more we wriggle the more we hurtle into it. Of course, we are all to blame for the state of affairs.

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  26. purbaray Says:

    I am in a fix. Should I admire your mastery of the language or should I weep for my country, its inept leadership and a future that looks so bleak!

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    • umashankar Says:

      Purba, I am more a serf than a master of the language. As for the country, we may or may not weep, crib or howl, but there is this gaping hole in our hearts for what could have been and where we are headed instead.

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  27. AB Says:

    This morning I read your post once again …. it’s a brilliant, heartfelt, extremely well written piece …in short, measures upto everything we have come to expect from and consistently delivered by USP !

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  28. umashankar Says:

    Sir, I am indebted for your praise for the requiem I wrote.

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  29. dNambiar Says:

    The father of the nation must be turning in his grave so must be several others who dreamed big for their countries.

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  30. Jadi Campbell Says:

    India is a country that I deeply admired and enjoyed when I visited. Your post is a sad, candid inside view. Heartwrenching. —Jadi

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  31. The Fool Says:

    Sad but true. There are some who still hope the nation has finally reached its final stage of purification and new shoots will spring forth from the corpse of the nation, bringing hope.

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  32. Arzvi Says:

    Hey Uma, how about “‘man of straw’ pirouetting at the hands of the puppet-masters” at the end?

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  33. Arzvi Says:

    Hit the Post button too quickly. Great post. I wish my anecdotal bordering-on-psychotic devotion to my country still held the fire to write along these topic, but alas – if you can’t stop the volcano, you earn the heart-wrenching right to see the lava burn the beautiful gardens, and that is what I feel now

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    • umashankar Says:

      What gardens, my friend? All we are left with now is a handful of smoldering bushes. Would it make our pain lighter if the fire were let loose by the puppet masters rather than the puppets themselves?

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  34. gardenerat60 Says:

    Brilliant!. This is the anxiety felt by many of the fellow Indians who are wringing their hand in despair. Watching the state of the nation since a few decades, I am amazed at all those ills we encounter on daily basis. Lots of people have failed the nation on the way… I pray daily for my country and all those innocents. Hope God will intervene.

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  35. Abhai Mishra Says:

    very disturbing but true ..

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  36. Sabyasachi Patra Says:

    Eloquently written. I am re-reading “My India” by Jim Corbett, first published in 1952. In that book he has written that the 90% of India’s 400 million are simple, honest, brave, loyal, hard-working souls whose daily prayer to God, and to whatever Government is in power, is to give them security of life and of property to enable them to enjoy the fruits of their labours”.

    Even today, I find a lot of poor people are still good. It is we the haves who are corrupting the have-not’s by demanding bribes, forcing them to compromise etc etc. It is we the people of India who have failed India. How often we stand up to take on a bully? How often do we refuse to pay bribe? We don’t have the moral courage of Gandhi and many of that generation. Unfortunately we have abdicated our responsibility but talk about the future generation to set right all the ills perpetrated by today’s generation. God save us.

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