Social worker Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and former Army Chief V. K. Singh. These three names are in the headlines these days. The way in which the leaders of various political parties, Centre and State Governments are accused of promoting corruption, in the same manner the leaders of several political parties are levelling charges against these three names. The charges levelled on them are that they have become a headache for corrupt leaders and officials, they are trying to create a sense of awareness among the public and they are trying to finish off the decade old monopoly of the leaders. Anna Hazare’s team is fighting for the Jan Lokpal Bill to erase corruption, Baba Ramdev is pushing a movement to bring back black money deposited in foreign banks. Former Army Chief V. K. Singh has adopted a totally different path. He is running an issue based fight, his vision is broader and he wishes to change the administrative system. For his mission to succeed, he is looking towards the youth, who comprise 62 per cent of the country’s population. He believes that the youth have the courage to change the future of the country. He wants to instill in the country’s youth the same sort of passion which Gandhi succeeded in doing. He therefore underlines the need for the youth to come out of the education system of Lord Macaulay and devote themselves to the reconstruction of India. So it is that he also explains to the youth that along with their rights, a sense of duty should not be ignored.
Leading an issue based fight and creating awareness for transformation in the system, V. K. Singh is visiting different parts of the country. He is traveling to the farthest corners of the country. After retiring from service, he has now dedicated his life to social service. On his recent visit to Varanasi, to conduct a seminar on the present challenges and solutions for the youth and students of DAV College, he found that the enthusiasm of the youth was double than what he had expected. A welcome ceremony by 21 organisations of Varanasi, and a seminar on the dangerous trends prevalent in the country was organised by the International Association of Mother India Club at Paradkar Bhawan. At the seminar at DAV College, he said that the youth of the country have the courage to change the destiny of the country and added that the ‘only wait’ was to see them taking a step forward. If the youth of the country show a passion for moving forward, then he said he is ready take the responsibility of leading this group. He said that the opportunities which were not provided to the youth at the time of Independence are being provided now. The youth do not have any kind of pressure on them. They are capable of taking decisions from their conscience. Eventually, how long will the youth of the country walk on the directions of others?
Anna Hazare’s team is fighting for the Jan Lokpal Bill to erase corruption, Baba Ramdev is pushing a movement to bring back black money deposited in foreign banks. Former Army Chief V. K. Singh has adopted a totally different path. He is running an issue based fight, his vision is broader and he wishes to change the administrative system. For his mission to succeed, he is looking towards the youth, who comprise 62 per cent of the country’s population. He believes that the youth have the courage to change the future of the country. He wants to instill in the country’s youth the same sort of passion which Gandhi succeeded in doing.
He suggested that there is a need to develop new ideas, and the youth should be provided with the best opportunities to do so. He added that he is neither with Anna Hazare nor with Baba Ramdev. However, he had words of appreciation for them, stating that the issues taken up by both of them are good and asserted that he would give his stand on those issues. On being why doesn’t he stand for elections as it is always said that honest people should join politics, he replied by posing a counter question : why didn’t they fight in the elections? On corruption and politics related questions, he replied that the right answers for these questions could be given by the people related to those issues.
V. K. Singh appealed to the youth through his slogans which stated that they should wake up and devote themselves to the country as the time for struggle has now come. He said that the fight for Independence was fought to finish inequality and provide justice for the people. After Independence, imperialism did have its end, but still, when searching for true Independence we do not find it even after 65 years. He said corruption was the biggest problem and described it as ‘ubiquitous’; there is no part of our country which is not fighting against corruption. This situation can only be improved when we change ourselves. He added that economic liberalisation has resulted in a big loss to the country. When liberalisation was initiated, it was said that this would help in developing the country, but today children are suffering from malnutrition, the farmers are helpless, often driven to commit suicide, and the number of educated unemployed are increasing day by day. Singh commented that there are ‘judiciaries’ in the country, but there is scarcity of law. If there would have been the presence of law, then the problem of Naxalism would never have increased. In 1990, there were 40-45 districts which were affected by Naxalism, but the number has reached 270 today. If correct decisions are not taken, then there would be a possibility that the number would double in the next three to four years.
Raising questions on the credibility and intentions of the leaders he stated that during the tenure of Lal Bahadur Shastri as the Prime Minister, there was low production of wheat and when the situation got worse, Mr. Shastri appealed the people of the country to stop having food for one day in a week, and the people voice responded positively. There is no leader in our country today, whose voice would be taken seriously by the people. He emphasised that it was the responsibility of the youth to bring back the essence of democracy. The Principal of DAV College, Satyadev Singh was the chief organiser of the seminar on Challenges, and Solutions for the Problems Faced by India, while the Chairman for the seminar was ex-Chief Information Commissioner O. P. Kejriwal. On this occasion, eminent journalist, Santosh Bharatiya, while comparing V. K. Singh with General Cariappa and Manik Shah, stated that V. K. Singh was a General who is known as a mass leader. He has already started with his awareness campaigns. Santosh Bharatiya further added that the roots of corruption do not start from the lower divisions but instead it gets its roots from the upper strata and said that the people with lower status cannot accumulate courage to involve themselves in corruption.