Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
~ Ravindranath Tagore.
I sometimes stop running aimlessly and resort to such inspiring poetries and question myself if I have lived up to the expectations of our founding fathers, teachers, thinks and philosophers. Immensely pained by yet another scam, the Coal scam, hitting India, and almost half of the nation blindly following the government for their petty selfish short term reasons, I stand helpless. I hate to criticize for I just sit here looking at what is happening. Even as I write, I just came across a new scam in making about Delhi Airport. This nothing but makes me burn from within.
Here we talk about our great country, great culture and her glorious heritage, our immensely proud past and the legendary heroes, and every morning all that falls on these ears is miserable story of selfish capitalism and abuse of democracy. All I hear is people fighting in the name of caste, regions, religions, states, language. All I hear is the government indulging in super humongous scams. There are absolutely no morals and ethics in my country. It is not just the politicians, it is also the people. No one is bothered about the country. It is all about my life, my bank account.
Where are the words of Ravindranath Tagore and likes ? Do we even remember the Bhagwad Gita and Krishna? Lately, the government has banned cartoons in the school text books. The weak leaders are unable to stand against these forces which want to sensationalize matters like cartoon..! The rupee is crumbling, and the anti-social elements stash black money in their swiss bank accounts. Where is the accountability ? The Prime Minister too unfortunately, seems to be a puppet. Chiefs of the states have so much pride for their positions. Where are we headed ?
Is it even possible to start afresh ? How many people will be taken to task, when every one of us is a culprit ? I have tears in my eyes as I write this, today, I am not proud to be an Indian.