Prosperity follows stability. Being a nation with diverse communal and ethnic richness, India is declared as a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, and Democratic Republic by the constitution. The Governments, Union as well as the States, are bestowed upon with a duty to treat all the communities alike and to frame policies that benefit all. Does today’s newspaper have any news of such a policy that serves the need of the nation or the state as a whole? Rarely do we see the Government coming up with a model that suits every section of community. Though I would not stress upon the policies drafted for a particular community/caste in recent months, a slight glimpse is however necessary. The State Government of U.P. recently made amendments to the policy under which teenage girls are provided with monetary allowances to empower their educational base – A particular community was benefited post the amendments and this was looked upon as a step to lure the voters of this community.
Every one of us belongs to a particular religion/caste that makes India a nation with communal multiplicities. Now, when I think of measures that provide more opportunities to people of my community, it is apparent that the interests of the remaining communities are sacrificed. The current Union Government rests upon the support of distinctive regional parties that demand fund and plans that benefit either a particular state/caste. The motive is evident – These regional parties are backed by votes on basis of pity interests and offerings. Now arises the question that needs a definite and swift answer. Is India moving on a path that would lead to all-inclusive development? While we study the challenges of our nation in a textbook, unemployment, inflation, restriction to freedom, poverty, and infrastructure are the areas of concern. However, are the Union Governments from past many decades making any attempts to overcome these national bottlenecks? How can they? In 2004 Lok Sabha Polls, absolute majority was not gained by any of the political parties. The UPA formed the Government with external support from many regional parties. The conclusion – Ignorance of national bottlenecks and undue advantage to particular states/communities for ensuring the confidence of the Indian Parliament.
We have been talking about the consequences of corruption in a stricter manner since past few years. The rise of a newly emerged political party in the state of Delhi reflected the rage of society against corruption. Now, when top leaders of political parties talk about ending this anti-development issue, why do they forget about the recent closure of investigations against leaders of regional political groups? Investigating agencies are used as an illicit weapon to either protect such corrupts or to threaten them. Motive is clear – Support to maintain the requisite numbers. Let’s talk about the solution now. Had there been a Union Government backed by extensive support from the voters, the nation would have witnessed better governance. The policy makers would have had the freedom to opt for plans that can bring in development for every community in case they did not have to rely upon the support from regional parties.
The nation has to rethink as to what it needs. Do we want pity benefits for our particular community/caste, or do we look forward to a nation that has ample employment opportunities for all? Do we want our caste to rely upon reservations, or do we want to welcome infrastructural developments that can promise prosperity beyond reservation? The voter has to decide whether he/she wants a nation that keeps in its secure fold all the communities/castes, or he/she wants a prosperous community that relies on reservations and sympathies. Remember, a Government that is stable will be proactive to draft plans that are unbiased and concrete. Let’s hope for a better tomorrow that can promise success of all.