As India continues to be an underdeveloped country, the politicians hoodwink the voters and win elections by promising basic amenities such as drinking water, electricity, and cooking gas which are scarce across the country. Click here for details.
By Rakesh Raman
Congress party which has no presence in the state Assembly has already lost its relevance in Delhi. However, the dead party is trying to resurrect from the ashes of its repeated defeats and making its presence felt in the city.
With the aim to take advantage of the ongoing conflict between Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the local Congress held a Matka (earthen water pot) protest Wednesday to highlight the water scarcity in Delhi.
These days, the residents of Delhi (which is India’s capital) are not getting water and electricity in their homes. If people of Delhi are not getting these basic amenities, you can imagine the disastrous situation in other towns and villages of India.
While almost all Delhi bureaucrats and politicians of all political parties are uneducated or naive, they do not understand the issues of urban development. As a result, Delhi has become a virtual hell for the people of Delhi.
Similarly, the education standards – particularly in Delhi schools – are going from bad to worse while the government has no interest in improving the quality of education. Rather, Kejriwal and his party colleagues are making false claims about Delhi school education.
While Kejriwal is going gaga over the hyped performance of his Mohalla Clinics, people in Delhi complain about the uselessness of such a flawed health care concept.
During the past couple of years, Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have only been blaming the LG for their own failures. No doubt, LG Baijal is a highly inefficient bureaucrat who mostly wastes his time in useless closed-door meetings or avoidable inauguration ceremonies of shops and roads. But Kejriwal and his ministers are equally incompetent.
Now Kejriwal is playing mob politics to intimidate LG Baijal so the latter could accept all his irrational demands. Kejriwal – who is sitting on a dharna in LG office since Monday – has now instigated a group of hirelings to shout slogans against LG Baijal.
Kejriwal’s illegitimate demands include the end of bureaucrats’ strike who are not cooperating with Kejriwal government because Kejriwal’s goons had assaulted Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February at Kejriwal’s residence. They are demanding Kejriwal’s apology for the said attack on Delhi Government’s top bureaucrat.
The sorry plight of people in Delhi indicates that India has already become a politically unstable banana republic with rampant lawlessness, corruption, and exploitation of the ordinary citizens. It is expected that soon India will formally appear in the list of banana republics such as Botswana, Guatemala, Nigeria, Zambia, and Cuba.
If the situation is not controlled immediately, it is expected that international sanctions will be imposed on India because of government’s failure to stop increasing lawlessness, crime, and corruption.
While an ugly impasse has been persisting in Delhi, there is a need to immediately dissolve the Delhi Assembly and remove inefficient LG Baijal from his position. ‘No government’ than ‘bad government’ will be good for the people of Delhi.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.
Photo courtesy: Delhi Congress