“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.