Dear Indian politician,
Almost from the time that India won its independence in mid 1947 till date, I have heard stories of you and your kind in various hues and colors all the time. While I personally haven’t had any encounter with you, the more I read about you, hear about you from people who actually encounter you on a daily basis and see about you in various media outlets, all the possibilities of me ever forgiving you are getting more and more remote with each passing day.
I guess one of the basic qualifications that your ‘profession’ demands is the complete lack of a moral compass and the absolute absence of something called a spinal cord, which effectively means that you can bend yourself any which way you want to based on the direction of winds favorable to you. And notice how I used the word ‘profession’ here instead of a ‘job’ or something similar. The reason I specifically used ‘profession’ is because you have ‘professionally trained’ to become a politician, haven’t you.
While some of you have learnt the tricks of the trade by joining political parties’ student wings and youth wings and worked your way up the ladder by roughing it out in the field, there are quite a few of you who took the easy way and got into the upper echelons of your party simply by virtue of being your parents’ son, or uncles’ nephews, or some similar familial bonds. Whichever way you made it, the fact remains that you have been ‘professionally trained’ in the field of politics.
How else can you explain that despite the differences in the languages spoken, words used and mannerisms displayed, the fact that you invariably end up ‘milking’ the people who voted you into power remains consistent. Irrespective of whether you belong to the left, right or the center, all of you have ended up cheating the voting electorate who trusted your words, believed in your manifestos and had faith that you would improve their lot in general, but you, sirs, have ensured that no educated person in the country will ever place any belief in you or your lot anymore with your actions over the last 6 odd decades.
I was supposed to write a letter to someone who I wish I could forgive, and you sirs, are the prime example. When we were really young, we were taught that a democratic form of government was one in which even a common man and his vote could make a difference, and in all our naivety we actually believed that we could make a difference with our votes. As we grew older and became exposed to ‘politics’ we realized that in India, the only thing that can really make a difference is if you have enough money, enough clout, enough power to get your way done. That was the only way in which any difference can be made in Indian politics, and you sirs, have ensured that you remain a closed group, a clique, a fraternity into which only you will pick and choose who will be allowed inside and who has to remain outside.
If democracy really was for the people, then by now, you surely would have done something about at least some of the major problems plaguing the citizens of India today. My contention is that all the good things that have happened to India is despite its politics rather than due to its politics. And for that, my friends, I will never be able to forgive you.
I end this letter sincerely hoping that a new wave of revolution comes over the country and purges its entire political system leaving no trace of the crass selfishness and dirtiness that we call Indian politics today. It is only then can this country and its citizens ever be able to realize its true potential.
This post has been written for the Write Tribe Letters Unsent series and this time we had to send a letter to someone we wish we could forgive.