Thursday, August 29, 2013

Status Quo is not acceptable


As events move at a bewildering pace, there is a mix of emotions - exhilaration, pleasure, confusion and a lost-in-a-maze feeling. But within all this, there is a sense of direction that is deeply satisfying.

As we waded through the data that we are getting regarding the corruption of people I used to respect (I had the highest respect for Nitin Gadkari, specially as I knew about how he constructed the flyovers and how he used to desist taking money from the contractors, used to like Salman Khurshid's frankness), the scales have started falling from the eyes. Can this be the truth? Can the amounts be so large? Is this real? While the numbers and the insensitivity is staring in the eyes, the mind still wants to cling to the old, false reality. Can Salman Khurshid actually cheat the differently abled? for a mere 71 lakhs? Can Gadkari rob the farmers of their land, for money? Is there no limit? Its numbing and shocking!

The way the BJP supporters have started attacking me on FB, twitter is so amusing. Calling me a land mafia, when all I did was being an employee of a NGO funded by a developer for 3-4 years ! Based on some false newspaper report, an article in India today, based on the newspaper report and a TV report again based on the same newspaper report! By the way, that false newspaper report also never made any accusation of corruption nor of being the land mafia. My response that I had given then can be read for reality check at http://mayankgandhi05.blogspot.in/2012/03/romf-lok-housing-scam.html. My personal integrity is unimpeachable.

Today, all political parties are comfortable working in the system. There is probably no serious party that has not tasted power - even a new entrant like MNS is in power in many places. So, there is no desire to change the way things operate. Sometimes I listen to some of the TV debates and the discussion about how changing the FDI component by a few percentage points will change the country, or how a certain policy will alter. I wonder, if this is the same country that I know of? A country, where more than 40 crore people go to sleep hungry? Where thousands commit suicide due to poverty? The panellists think that by fine tuning the policy, all the problems will vanish. I think that we need major overhaul, and not minor technical glitch repairing. They want status quo and we do not.

Status Quo is not acceptable!

There is this raging argument going on, that IAC will cut into BJP votes and due to IAC, Congress will come back to power. And that we should stay away and select BJP as it is the lesser evil. My counter question is "Why does India have to select an evil at all?" Also, I believe that any of the parties that comes to power will continue with the status quo, and status quo is not acceptable.

Why not try and make our dreams for the nation come true, rather than compromise with lesser evil?

12 comments:

wats there in name said...

well said. Status quo is NOT acceptable.

Sanjay Bhasin said...

Very nice Mayank. I think we have to resist giving explanations on our personal integrity in front of these morally bankrupt politicians. Whenever they are challenged about their corrupt practices, they start attacking us saying we did this and that...AK swindles 2 Crore from Anna etc etc. We have to make sure that we don't get into that discussion. Like all self-respecting human beings, taking pride in our personal integrity, we start defending ourselves and this is exactly these politicians want. This is the game that they plan among themselves. They keep blaming one another but we are not 'them'. We should calmly say that please let us agree that both parties would be investigated - you and I! Let us do it! You the resources of the CBI to investigate your 1000 CR fraud and my 1 CR fraud.

Aloke Sharma said...

yes status quo is not acceptable.

Praful Vora said...

MayankG ... you are right. The so called status quo is going on for the past sixty years. This is not an option any more. Change is in the air and I think now this time the citizens will want to vote out the tainted and bring is those among themselves who will serve the nation: seva - not meva.

abha chawla said...

MR MAYANK GANDHI ...WE ARE CONDITIONED TO ACCEPT THE BAD ,EVIL,......SOMETHING OF COLONIAL MINDSET ....IT IS SELF LOATHING TO INTROSPECTING FEW ,,,BUT ,,,IN NAME OF GAME ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,DO WE DARE????

kishor upare said...

status quo is not acceptable.

kishor upare said...

status quo is not acceptable.

kishor upare said...

sir tahalaka had done big storey on irragation scam we shd hv pick those evidence shttp://www.tehelka.com/story_main54.asp?filename=Ne061012Coverstory.asp

Chetan said...

@Anonymous: if you are telling the truth, why not put your name. Because you have fear in your heart. You are one of those corrupt people.

Rahul said...

To fight against corruption you must NOT have a past. Anjali Damania's letter syates that she is a farmer. You need to be a fool to believe this.

Anonymous said...

The entire world is being run by crooks and thugs, India being no exception. It has become a way of living, as we are in a materialistic society, with little use for anything except for the trappings of wealth - corporations, drug pharmas, politicians, bankers - the list is endless.. unless people raise their consciousness and move away from their materialistic way of thinking, no amount of reforms, policies, movements will result in change. Change needs to come from within, which seems impossible.. yet, I have hopes for the human race .. most don't realize that they are leading "beast" like lives, even with all the money, comforts and wealth in the world. That realization is hard and not easy.. perhaps, some will realize it when they are on their death bed, maybe not..

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