My Infamous Rant

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I shun this country!! Each time I do it, there are some people who call me up to say…. why do you do that? Look all the beautiful things, look at its culture, history, tradition. They ask; are you not patriotic?
Are we supposed to see all the beautiful things? It’s all roses till they are exposed to the thorns. I will shun everything- till my anger is over. I will pledge for action but I know that I won’t act. No one acts. Let it be so. Well in some moments I too will start to ask the patriotic credentials of someone who shuns India! Everyone forgets.  So do I. Everyone fears. And I fear too.  Everyone is busy.  Can’t I be busy?
We run away from reality, it is because we shy away from our own life. Our life has been just a conundrum since we know it. We try our hand solving it and we fail. So we find recluse in running away from it. We never act; when someone acts we shun him… for the fear that we may have to act if we support him. We are very busy; we are preoccupied with our duty, family, society and our laziness. We blame others never ever thinking- was I responsible? We never try to venture out of our confines of comfort till that day when we bear the fire of being on the receiving end. We talk, shout and blabber nonsense in the confines of our friends who will listen us no matter what we say. We shout and think that we have done out part, or rather type and think the same- in a way I am doing it right now. We call ourselves “people of reason” being the “mere” people in our democracy who feel who can lead their peaceful life till someday….they fail to see the light of the day. I am just into some minor agony that made me type this… some childish shenanigans that will get lost into the wilderness in just a few moments. It won’t take long before I forget what I have written.
 It is such a democracy where we have to die to be heard. Can’t I shun this country’s people? – the people who run it, the people who are close to who run it, people with money who feel like they can do everything that they want. These people died but we should FORGET THEM, for we fear to meet their fate if we act. There are people who are corrupt, we should fear them as they can murder anyone to hide that they are corrupt.

Dr. Amarnath Pandey,a doctor and RTI activist killed because he tried to expose corruption.
Satyendra Kumar Dubey: IIT pass out, also alumni BHU, died for he complained of the corruption in NHAI.
Shanmughan Manjunath: IIM pass out, died because he complained of corruption in a petrol pump.
Yashwant  Sonawane, district collector, died at the hands of kerosene mafia.. again for he complained against corruption.
Amit Jethava, RTI activist murdered, because he wanted to expose corruption.

Lieutenant colonel Akash Sachan, 41, had been victimised for blowing the whistle on an alleged
deal of substandard equipment supplied to the Indian Army.
Lakhyajit Deka : CBI whistle blower, is in trouble for exposing corruption.
Others: source-

  • Lalit Mehta, founder of Vikas Sahyog Kendra, an NGO. Status: Killed on May 14-15, 2008 after exposing corruption in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Jharkhand’s Palamau district.
  • Narayan Hareka, Naib Sarpanch. Status: Died under mysterious circumstances while investigating irregularities in the NREGS in Koraput, Orissa.
  • Jalil Andrabi, lawyer and human rights activist in Jammu & Kashmir. Status: Disappeared and body found with hands tied on 27th March, 1996, days before he was due to attend the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
  • Dr. Binayak Sen, human rights and health activist. National Vice President and Chhattisgarh General Secretary of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL). Status: Imprisoned for more than two years under the Special Public Security Act, 2005, (PSA) of the state of Chattisgarh, India. Update: Granted bail by the Supreme Court of India on May 25, 2009
  • Sapamcha Kangleipal Meetei, President of the Manipur Forward Youth Front. Status: Arrested in Imphal,Manipur for having organised a public discussion on “Arming the Civilians and Its Possible Consequences (in Manipur)†and reportedly demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister of Manipur in response to his failure in terms of governance.
  • T. G. Ajay,  a film-maker and human rights defender who has been documenting problems faced by adivasi (indigenous) communities in protecting their rights, in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Member of the state executive committee of the People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL). Status: Arrested under the Chhattisgarh State Public Security Act, 2005 (CSPSA).
  • Sarita & Mahesh, social activists and members of the Institute for Research and Action (IRA) doing development work. Status: Murdered on 24 January, 2004 in Gaya, Bihar, India.
  • Shankar Guha Neogi, labor leader and founder of the Chattisgarh Mines Shramik Sangh (CMSS) which fought for the rights of over 8,000 iron-ore miners of Dalli Rajhara in Durg district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Status: Killed on September 28, 1991 in the Durg-Bhilai area in Chattisgarh, India. 
  • Kameshwar Yadav, NREGA activist, questioned the nexus flourishing among officers, leaders, contractors and middlemen regarding minor irrigation work in Deori, Jharkhand, India. Status: Killed on June 7, 2008 in Gaadi, Jharkhand, India.
  • Tapas (Vimal) Soren, NREGA activist working in Hazaribagh District, Jharkhand. Status: Self immolated himself and died on July 2, 2008 at Charhi Chowk in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand after being local officials refused to release funds for work done by him and others in a NREGA project. Here are his last words.
  • A.T.Babu, an anti-liquor campaigner and State Convenor of the National Association of People’s Movements (NAPM) in Karnataka, India. Status: Killed on 21st July, 2008 in front of two of his coworkers at Mayanagaram, Karnataka, India. Here are a couple moving  tributes to the man.
  • Navleen Kumar, social activist who fought for the property rights of tribals in Thane, Maharashtra. Status: Killed on June 19, 2002 by two men who stabbed her to death on the roof of her appartment building at Nallasopara, Maharashtra.
  • Manoj Kumar Gupta, Executive Engineer in the Public Works Department, Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh. Status: Beaten and tortured to death on December 24, 2008 after he refused to pay up a sum of Rupees 50 lakh for the birthday celebrations of Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Abhay Sahu, President of the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), the organisation leading the agitation against POSCO, the South Korean steel major in Jagatsinghpur district, Orissa, was arrested on 12 October, 2008. More information on him here. 
  • Shamin Modi, a senior activist of the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan, exposed the corrupt nexus of mining Mafia and politicians operating in the reserved forests of Harda and Betul District in Madhya Pradesh. Status: Brutally attacked on 24 July, 2009 at her residence in Mumbai. Previously, she had been arrested on charges of kidnapping on 10 February, 2009 at Harda, Madhya Pradesh. A video on people demanding her release is here.
  • Venkatesh, a RTI activist in Bangalore, had been instrumental in saving BDA property worth Rs 35 crore. He earned the ire of loan sharks by using the RTI act to expose encroachments and filing cases against encroachers. Status: Killed on April 8, 2009 under mysterious circumstances in Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • Prashant Rahi, a social activist and a former journalist for the Statesman newspaper, who spent years trying to organize landless landless laborers in Uttarakhand state. Status: Arrested in December 2007 and in jail since.
  • Satish Shetty, a RTI activist who exposed corrupt land deals and illegal constructions near Pune, Maharashtra. Status: Killed by three or four men who stabbed him as he was returning from a walk near his house on January 13, 2010

And many more…..
So friends, never expose corruption, never talk of it, if you see anything wrong, please forget as soon as you see it. Forget what I have written over here,  thinking this to be some sort of chit-chat that happens every day, in the family, among friends, at the neighbourhood gossip stall (pardon me if I don’t call it the “pan stall”- you cannot shun anything that is Indian and anything that breeds politics). .In India we believe in the great tradition of FORGET AND FORGIVE (to people who are corrupt). Ha !
But still then I salute ANNA HAZARE.


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