India, a country said to be far richer than the rest of the world put together;
India, a country which utilized its riches far lesser than the rest of the world.
Indifference, indeed is the epidemic the country is plagued with since days unaccounted. An indifference of its people towards their country, her riches, her ability , never let it grow to its full capability. We are in the habit of crying over the spilt milk, but we never take notice of the milk until it is spilt.
Almost 500 years ago, Babur wrote in his memoir “As we passed, they (people of Hindustan) filled the road, staring and apparently unafraid, but no one presented any resistance…most were indifferent to commencement of a new rule…”
Not that things changed too much since then, kings, monarchs fought for their kingdoms; people of the country at large were indifferent. They quietly accepted who ever took the throne. Probably thinking how does it matter to them or that they are too small to take a stand. When the East India Company started, again they were either indifferent or saw it as an opportunity to earn their basic needs. I wonder how a country which is always stated as full of riches in our history, was full of people always fighting for their basic needs.
Again some 160 years ago when India started its struggle for independence, it was the kings, landlords, warlords and soldiers who came up with an idea to put up a fight against atrocities. Common man, who is a little too common, was still indifferent. During that period even though things changed and fighting for one’s own country, which always was a rightful responsibility of king of the land shifted its ownership to aam junta, but those who took charge of it din’t remain aam anymore, they became the new lord of land, with a new name ‘Congressmen’ and later with the onset of multiple public representative parties ‘Politicians’!!
Not that our common man did not change the role they also did, now they were indifferent cattle, who were thrown in to participate in a national struggle, indifferent to what this struggle will bring them, what their leaders are leading them to and those so called great leaders of ours led a fight completely on their own will deciding the fate of country using its people as a mass to stand behind their decisions; the mass which was totally indifferent to details of agenda they were participating in.
Today, 60 years after independence things are still same.
We the people of India, have no damn clue of what are the things which are in our constitution and what the hell a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic means. We have no idea that how our constitution secures justice : social, economical and political; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; equality of status and opportunity to all its citizens. And, we never even try to find out because again we are so busy with ourselves that we stand indifferent to our country.
Every election happens like a new invasion on the nation and we stand indifferent to the new ruler, just the way we did some 500 years ago, when Babur wrote in his memoir ” Yes, much could be done here by a man if he only had the will………”