Following Link explains a layered approach in understanding social issues in Indian society.
This may not be true in all situations (not generalised), however in most cases: Yes.
I have been observing and discussing about the apparent misconceptions around the terms “Progress”, “Development” and “Prosperity”. Apart from the dictionary meaning, in the context of socio-political sphere these words are grossly misused and are used as a tool for fooling (rather providing a comforting feeling) to general masses.
This is good in health of any ruling class to make the people victims of their own complain. Let’s consider the situation of public institutions. What i call in current India as “Institutional Failure” is a result of development propaganda. Public institutions which are in control of government’s policies and procedures are gradually deteriorated and at times politicians make “people” feel guilty as they are the problem themselves. Keeping the corruption, bureaucracy and all behind-the-scene “understandings” in place. It is all due to population growth and opposition propaganda. Keep moving.
One live example of such a nature is swachch-bharat-abhiyan. Cleanliness drive is good. In general this applies to individual, family, community and state layer. However the political leadership should not blanket the “Institutional Failures” of “Municipal Corporations” and make this issue an inspirational drive at people layer. If political leadership is really concerned in making cleanliness as a genetic default of our neighbourhood they should operate at the layer where they are supposed to. Elected representatives are responsible for maintaining and keeping government institutions self oiled and corruption free. Keep the individual inspirational work to the social leaders of communities. Solve the problem at the layer you are responsible for.
Another example of such nature in recent times is the beef ban issue. If government is really serious about saving Cows, they should first stop the beef export. However as this will hamper the political nexus between corporates and social elites, they will rather “export beef” and will keep a vicious atmosphere of social unrest in stopping in-house beef consumption. This is a dual blade sword. Communalism serves the electoral agenda and who cares what is happening at higher layers? This is a proud feeling for most of the Pro-Hindu population to see a PM who is silent over minority issues, has a record of anti-minority sentiment and emerges as a Hindu leader to establish a hindu state. At last.
The Indian politics is undergoing a majoritarian treatment and is unhealthy in many ways. However we can not ignore the development factor. The development perceived to general masses is not the result of a bold political leadership for people, rather is a greedy nexus between corporates and politicians. People who are mesmerised and hypnotised with the fantasies of their sentimental win will thrive so as long they are not struck with social injustice and resulting crimes. The greedy nexus between corporates and politicians exists at the cost of “Institutional Failures” in public space. This is blinded to masses with the glitters and glamours of political stunts which feed their sentiments.
There is always a sugar coated or twisted-truth hypocrisy which is advocated as diplomacy. Failure of such true lies in home is communal riots and in foreign affairs is terrorism incidents. Hope we understand and learn the basics.
Just to keep stuffs on record.
Darbhanga is a constituency ruled by BJP since last 4-5 terms. Let’s talk the self-driven improvements.
There are two types of developments one can expect from a MP/MLA (ruling party).  One is to address the issues in hand related with public safety, health and wellbeing including all administrative functioning.  Second is the political leadership bringing improvement and changes to the society, which society themselves do not realise as a problem as they may be busy in day to day problems.
Few Examples of category .
To look into the issues we need someone who loves the city and owns the issues to fix it without any electoral or personal benefit.
In general politicians keep the issues and problems in a constituency unsolved. There is a carrot and greed approach where majority of ignorant mass is herd with either religious/cast sentiments or with a fear of national security which never exist.
The vicious mindset of supporting a party for the sake of national cause and electing incompetents as a local leaders serve to both party and local greedy MLAs/MPs. “Party agenda is always treated greater than national interest and political class responds to vote banks not individual concerns”.
This is obvious that Mrs Bedi has a personal and professional linking for BJP and will hit any opportunity in favouring in supporting her case against rest. If she is truthful and really concerned why don’t she open her eyes to the constituencies which are in BJP rulings?
Don’t go too far, Let’s start with home.
[Timeless] In India it is very obvious to see sentiments clash. In a typical saas-bahu [mother-in-law daughter-in-law] relationship, an ideal bahu will carry all the sentimental burden of saas and husband must complement the sentiments. Here bahu is a minority figure and her virtue is counted in countless tears of self sacrifice and what not. Ohhh, she is quite well, “sanskari” and traditional. That’s how we treat sentiments.
Shit Sentiments. Horrible sentiments.
Any change in the status quo of perception for sentiments carrying activity is termed rebellious and ungrateful. This result in kids disobeying parents, and often suicide to compensate dowry etc. But we do not like to talk the ugly truth. Bahu was not cultured. Let’s move on.
Carrying the burden of sentiments is outcome of a weak subjugated mindset which fear freedom. Period. Indian society is plagued with a lot issues which they themselves do not want to identify. Instead these issues and vulnerability are used as a tool to steer power in political quarters. People remain happy and content to focus, discuss and act on superficial issues which keep society divided and their Gods celebrated. No matter what was the past, i support “THIS GUY”. He is my God.
 We got the black and white TV set in 90s when Ramayana serial was about to end. Excited.
There was curfew on street. In Love with Ram.
Not because of Ramayana serial on DD1 cause some communal tensions, but because it glued every citizen to the TV sets irrespective of religious association. I personally was a big admirer of the grace of Ram’s character. I used to dress myself like Ram and made many bows and arrows.
 Then Mr Advani and Vajpayee started the infamous “Rath Yatra” and subsequent Mumbai blasts and people were divided.
There was curfew again. Now this was to establish the communal lines. [otherwise people will be questioning development, scams, rights etc.]
I was in class 2. Terrified.
Terrified. This issue of Mandir-Masjid could have been solved peacefully over the times if there was no GREED for political power. Coming generation will not give a damn of what these KarSevaks did. These issues will die its natural death, only if politicians wanted, or had a vision. But they need Power. Greedy Shits.
 “We have kicked your Allah to Sky and Ram will rule in India”. Said Ravi. My classmate. His cunning smile and tone. I was puzzled but was speechless.
 I thought Ram symbolises grace, truth, justice and love. How come followers are like arrogant Ravanas.
 This changed the course of sentiments to millions of people to follow politics in India. Politics centred to Mandir-Masjid disputes.
[As Usual] This is how the seed of polarisation is planted to reap the political dividend in long terms. Then as usual the good and not-so-good faces were projected with a team of able team and BJP came in power. Politics as usual.
[1990-1992] Meanwhile Amir’s Papa Kehte Hain and Salman’s Kabootar ja ja ja were hitting every street and paan-corners. People’s discussion were not same. They have no choice but to become the pawn of political conspiracies. Politicians were successful in demonising a community against other community and rest was just a number game.
[Currently] Majority need an identity to reckon with. No matter if they are rapist, robbers, criminals or what not; If they represent my sentiments they are my Gods [by the way My Sentiment is National Interest and all others are anti-National]. Democracy’s biggest flaw is in numbers. Here heads count not mind.
The success of all the past political stunts has resulted in:
Who remembers old corruption, usual suspects and black money any more?
I wonder how educated class fall pray to these uneducated criminals in supporting them as they play politics of blood. May be they are not educated in first place.
When Anna was in its peak and the duo rather trio Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi were waving tricolor, i predicted the future and it stands true. I do not wanted to sound pessimist however can not appreciate the false hopes and greedy dreams either.
At a higher layer a country is defined by its resources, internal and external policies and most importantly by its people and culture. If we define a hierarchy of layers people exist at the lowest layer, then families, and communities and then a rule or law set to get these communities living and working together. The progress and prosperity of a country depends on how communities in a country gel together and achieve common goals needed for socio-economic goals.
If we look carefully, a strong people to people relation define a strong family. A family is defined in a way we appreciate relationships and carry intangible values. These values are derived from cultural values or religious teachings. A strong bonding in family and healthy culture in home creates a strong fabric where positive qualities and firm foundations are laid for successful personal development. This relation transcends across families and to the communities. Likewise healthy families constitutes healthy communities who appreciate the qualities of each other and happily accept differences. No two person, family or community is alike in qualities and differences. However if we understand differences well we can celebrate the differences rather making it a point of envy and good/bad discussion.
So the set of communities define the national fabric. The strength of this fabric results in peace and security. All the national efforts and activities should work in a way or another to make this fabric strong. There is not a single way. There is not the Only way. The key to make strong bonding is to appreciate what is common across the community and inculcate a culture where similarities are encouraged. The second part of this key is to clearly understand the differences we see across communities and make ourselves aware that any Politician, Religious Scholar or any Influential person do not take advantage of the difference and plant the seed of hatred. If we understand the difference and celebrate it in healthy way; this will eradicate the hatred and envy.
These are the people who take hold of family and communities and participate in electoral processes and form government. Hate mongers do not parachute from Mars. These are the people in our neighborhood and they take control over the society simply because good people do not come out and practice good practices and fail to appreciate similarity and celebrate differences. This goes like old saying “your mind is like a field, if you don’t plant flowers, weeds will grow”.
What is “Ghar-Wapsi” and all the fuss around conversions. We all go through so many thought conversion each day. In this global age we have gone through so many Ghar-Wapsi in the field of technology, cultural influence and socio-economic change. Do we really care to make it a political issue? Give people the freedom of choice and let them follow what they want. If political class actually want a real conversion they should be concerned with the daunting tasks of “poor” to “prosperous” conversion. The question is how people define politician’s electoral agenda and development fall pray to it?
What is the most efficient key to be corruption free?
They key is “improvement” and consistency in “being good”. These are the output of an action with a noble intention. The whole exercise of religion and moral lessons is to ensure that we are not contaminated with “laziness” in bringing results. This is a courageous act.
India was defined once with a “value system”. This is not the best natural resources which India had, however there was a strong “value system” since the Vedic Ages. The institution of Guru and Shishya and the knowledge seeking methodologies culminated a healthy system where sustenance of noble qualities was possible. With the advancements and in course of history, India encountered numerous influences from Arab to England. Those who loved India, made India beautiful and the prosperity we achieved in past was with a proper balance in social order. Religion was for knowledge seeking, Politics was for justice and control over evils, education was to make people skilled and useful for society. All of this came with people. People with right intention. Those who loved to be happy and wanted to see others happy as well.
Corruption is not a sudden phenomena. This is a gradual degradation. Corruption starts with the lack of “control points”. In today’s context, people in India are not really concerned about the corruption, they are however reacting in some situations where they feel uncomfortable. Most of the people think that a particular party is responsible for corruption or a particular person is corrupt. If we see really with wisdom, we will realize that a Political Party is just a mute stage which showcase the events. People are just the actors who play the role. The real root is the lack of “moral guidelines” which can make a “value system” possible. In this vulnerable situation the definition of “right” and “wrong” is changed at every level. So people when grow and seek position, they make wrong things right and right things wrong. With a smart excuse that “this is how it works”.
A big class of people, the so called “educated english speaking society”, is under a heavy influence of West. The mesmerizing stars, Hollywood, Music, Movies, FM and the obscene obsession in the name of art and culture make people very light in moral values (To a certain extent all of these are part of life but if people follow their desires and make the “self centric happiness” as a benchmark for world peace, this will never work). The real question is how can we safeguard our values which are unique and necessary for the socio-geo structure of India.
In the back of every apparent problem, there is a global greed driven system. Arabs are happy selling their oil to West in exchange with Coke and Mercedes. Almost every country in the world work for US interest. Hollywood portrays West (US) to be the only saviour to humanity. Indians are happy in “feeling bad” for themselves. They practice good english just to deodorize the “desi smells” of corruption. TV channels are for TRP. Truth is silent and falsehood is dicussed. Truth is always perished. So Jesus (pbuh) was struggling, and so Muhammad (pbuh). Moses (pbuh) took all the means however was also failed in keeping people intact with faith in spite of open miracles. Truth is always a subject of criticism and a discomfort choice. We want to be happy on our terms and thats the staring of corruption.