October 2 has also passed. This October 2 was an October 2 of India’s misery, troubles and disappointment. October 2 is the birthday of a man who not only got India its Independence, but also saw a dream for what the country will be like after Independence. Mahatma Gandhi was a ‘complete’ personality, therefore he saw a ‘complete’ dream. What kind of society Gandhiji wanted, what kind of Government he wanted, what kind of system he wanted, he has given a description of it in an unalloyed form. Gandhiji wanted to make villages centres of economy. He also wanted to make villages the centres for decisions. But this October 2 was an October 2 that came on a heap of ashes from the dreams of Gandhiji. The coming October 2 in 2014 will remind us again of how far we have come from Gandhiji’s dreams, or that we came near them by even two steps.
There is of course a big group in this country which criticises Gandhiji, but even those people who have always opposed Gandhiji’s ideology, today they too are talking about taking Gandhiji’s name to come to power. Those people have made Gandhiji a person of a State : Narendra Modi from Bapu’s Gujarat. That sounds odd because today’s Gujarat is not the Gujarat of Bapu, and today’s country is not the country of Bapu. Today, Gujarat is Narendra Modi’s and in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat the language of publicity is prevalent. And in today’s Gujarat an economy to break villages prevails and in today’s Gujarat an ideology to break or damage Gandhiji’s dream can be seen spread and scattered on all sides. Narendra Modi is certainly from Gujarat but Narendra Modi is not close to Gandhiji from anywhere. Narendra Modi’s complete ideology, Narendra Modi’s complete language and Narendra Modi’s entire thought stands contrary to Gandhiji.
To stand contrary to Gandhiji is not a bad thing. But when we stand against that dream of Gandhiji, where there is no existence for villages, where a big distance is kept from a village based economy, and where work is done against Gandhiji’s principles of coexistence, love and brotherhood, then that strikes and rattles one. Those who run Narendra Modi’s publicity campaign are planning to project Narendra Modi as Gandhiji’s heir. Those people believe that people have now forgotten Gandhiji, have forgotten Gandhiji’s ideology, therefore in the name of Gandhiji Narendra Modi can ‘run’ in the same manner that Narendra Modi is running in the name of Sardar Patel. Narendra Modi is saying that Sardar Patel is from Gujarat and in doing so is dwarfing Sardar Patel’s nationwide personality stature. Sardar Patel was a great treasure of the country and he dedicated his entire understanding and his entire adroitness to unite the country. Sardar Patel was such a person whom the people of this country had chosen for the Prime Minister’s post in a Constitutional manner. If Mahatma Gandhi had not had extreme love for Jawaharlal Nehru, then Sardar Patel would have become the first Prime Minister of this country.
At that time, out of the sixteen States in the country, thirteen States had proposed the name of Sardar Patel and out of the remaining three States too, only one had proposed the name of Jawaharlalji. But Gandhiji had ordered Sardar Patel to remove his name from candidature and Sardar Patel obeyed and complied with Gandhiji’s order. Only Narendra Modi and no one else can perform the miracle or wonder of making Sardar Patel who was enriched with such a great personality into just ‘Gujarat’. Today we are seeing this false miracle with our own eyes. To plan to get iron for Sardar Patel’s statue from all over the country is a plan replete with foolishness. If Sardar Patel’s statue was to be made taller than the Statue of Liberty, then the plan for it could have been made twelve years ago. To make Sardar Patel an emotive election issue is to do injustice to Sardar Patel and to play a game with his personality.
The BJP’s Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, both should be talked about and what the viewpoint of both is regarding the country should get known. Narendra Modi has so far not given a speech anywhere on what he would do when he is Prime Minister and if he becomes the Prime Minister according to the BJP’s dream. Neither has Rahul Gandhi made clear what he would do if he became the Prime Minister or if his party comes to power then what kind of layout of schemes and plans for the country he would put on the ground. Shri Narendra Modi and Shri Rahul Gandhi are slashing swords in the air and stirring people in the same way as someone stirs others by firing in the air.
There is a shortage of honest leaders in the country. There is a shortage of honest Chief Ministers. There should be a Government in the country which is an honest Government and a Government which also works, is answerable to the public. In the last fifteen years such Governments have been coming who do not consider themselves accountable to the people nor do they make any attempt to solve problems. They have left the country to the markets. This country is waiting for a leadership which will give preference to humans rather than markets. Such people are needed who consider human problems their priority rather than considering market problems their priority, who run the country according to the dreams of the people rather than running it according to the sensex.
The game of dividing India into castes and creeds has been going on for quite a while and this time too these two are going by the strategy of dividing India. If both persons detach themselves from their customary manifestos and tell the people what map they have in mind to improve matters in the country then perhaps the country can make a correct assessment about them. But on a large scale Narendra Modi and on a small scale Rahul Gandhi are running away from doing it.
Both do not want to touch questions, and are raising emotive issues. And this is a matter of the greatest regret for us. The BJP’s youthful leader is Narendra Modi and the youthful leader of the Congress is Rahul Gandhi. Even though there is a big difference in their ages there is very little difference in their principles. And when we talk of principles, we add to them economic principles, add to them solutions for the unemployment problem, and we should also add to that what we want to make the country in the future. But nobody wants to give answers to these questions.
There is a shortage of honest leaders in the country. There is a shortage of honest Chief Ministers. There should be a Government in the country which is an honest Government and a Government which also works, is answerable to the public. In the last fifteen years such Governments have been coming who do not consider themselves accountable to the people nor do they make any attempt to solve problems. They have left the country to the markets. This country is waiting for a leadership which will give preference to humans rather than markets. Such people are needed who consider human problems their priority rather than considering market problems their priority, who run the country according to the dreams of the people rather than running it according to the sensex. It is unfortunate that such people have now come forward who view India with the eyes of the stock market and the sensex and apply their entire adroitness to making policies accordingly. In the coming elections, India will be waiting for such people and such parties and for a Parliament which will give priority to solving their problems for which indeed they have been chosen. This Parliament is not chosen for the people in the markets, it is elected for the people.