By Rajiv Punj
NEW DELHI: Aren’t we Indians sick of the failures of the present regime, their fraudulent methods, their deceit and cover-up of various scams, false promises and divisive votebank politics? Aren’t we sick of them?
Enough is enough. As a nation, we are being ridiculed as the `mango people’ of the so-called banana republic. We are appalled by the aimless and disengaged government, disgusted with its indifference to the needs of people and petrified by its indecisiveness on matters as basic as internal and external security of our nation.
Every day the common man is forced to believe that the country is only for the privileged and the influential and the rest are only entitled to crumbs. People of controversial backgrounds are pampered as celebrities and those with dubious motives are lauded as activists. Secessionists who openly preach subversion get away with open threats and get rewarded with free coverage of their freedom of expression.
Lawlessness has become the norm. Citizens are made to believe that court cases are supposed to stretch for decades, that justice can be bought or manipulated. Moreover, for special convicts, jails can be transformed into five-star accommodation. Our caretakers – the police force – is ill-trained, most unfit and, above all, most abusive. They are invariably made a laughing stock on and off the screen. Security forces are rendered powerless by politicians with vested interest.
Let’s be true to ourselves and admit that we are tired of being called a third world country. We hate to be called a nation of poor people. Aren’t we fed up with this ‘sab chalta hai’ attitude? Do’t we all want to break out of this stagnation? Aren’t we all restless? Aren’t our desperation and our frustration getting glaringly visible?
Do we not want a CHANGE?
It is quite evident to the world that our generation has gone global, has been exposed to the world which seems to have become smaller, through television and the Internet. The generation today not only comprehends but it also has the talent to compete with the rest of the world. We aspire to improve our lot, prove our excellence and shape not only our destiny but that of the generations to come. But this stagnant system run by crooked leaders is coming in our way.
What we need today is an `authoritative’ government under a leader, a statesman, who puts the nation first and can stand up for her without being intimidated by international pressure. That is the kind of leader we need to guide us.
Frankly, we have lost many precious years – in fact decades – in our imperfect democracy. We deserve a leader who commands authority. We want a decisive, bold, no-nonsense leader, a visionary and an able administrator who can raise the hopes of the nation and nurture them.
Let us get a capable and worthy leader. Let us get Narendra Modi as our leader. Today, a very large section of our civil society sees in Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister of India.
He is one man who has risen above the party by virtue of his administrative skills and leadership. His appeal to the masses is unparalleled. The entire nation is behind the clamor for Narendra Modi as PM
Under the present regime, the nation is fast wandering into political and economic mayhem. Look at our economic growth. Look at our law and order. Look at our corruption levels. Things look pathetic.
We need a national leader who can enforce law and discipline. If, in the process, his rule becomes ‘authoritative,’ so be it. It is a very small price to pay.
If we want our nation to honestly prosper and be peaceful, then we must ensure that NARENDRA MODI becomes THE PRIME MINISTER of INDIA in 2014.
(Rajiv Punj is a Delhi-based senior corporate executive with no political affiliations but strong views. But these are his personal views)