Many things are happening for the first time. The entire political system is seen standing in support of corruption. Previously, when the mention of corruption used to come up, people were seen having a fear of being tagged with corruption, but now this is not happening. Whoever speaks against corruption, he is seen as an alien. The people attached with the political system want that such a voice or these type of voices do not come up and those who raise their voices, the political parties pray for their failure and the people attached with the political parties provide the solution : that the people who are raising their voices against corruption are bound to fail.
For example, Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption. After that Arvind Kejriwal and now General V.K.Singh are raising their voices against corruption. They are speaking about organising the youth, farmers, Dalits, the deprived, backward classes and the Muslims. When their statements are not being understood by the political leaders, what will be understood by the bureaucracy ? The thing to relish is that the second team of the political leaders, which means the big journalists, are also not able to understand this. There are debates on television channels about why Anna Hazare will not be successful and why Arvind Kejriwal and V.K.Singh will be unsuccessful. In their arguments, there is not even the slightest glimpse of pain which 90 per cent people of the country are suffering from.
There is a thing called shame. We may support that which is bad, but there is an element of shame in that – ‘what can we do, we are helpless that we are supporting the bad’, but the people supporting corruption have even swallowed this shame too. The Lokpal Bill, no matter how disabled its condition, has been proposed and who should not be included in that Lokpal Bill and if they are included in the Bill, then how their strengths can be reduced, people living on politics are pushing for this strongly. The people who are close to Rahul Gandhi possibly think that if the Prime Minister comes under the purview of the Lokpal, then when Rahul Gandhi would become Prime Minister and does anything corrupt, how will he be able to save himself from the Lokpal efforts are on to find this out. In the same manner the people of the BJP are also thinking that if the Prime Minister is from our side then why should he be under the jurisdiction of the Lokpal. As a result, the post of the Prime Minister does not come under the jurisdiction of Lokpal, on this all the political parties, those who are claiming to be the representatives of the people in Parliament are almost in unison. That means those who are less involved in corruption today are also worried about corruption in the future.
We often find in the debates on television that, he may be the spokesperson of the Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party or a representative of some other party, but no one is seen taking any stand on the Lokpal or corruption. There might be just one reason for this : nobody knows who all will be involved in corruption in the future, and those who are not involved today also believe that if they get involved in corruption in the future, how will they save themselves. So they are giving a strange argument, which directly means that if new rules have to be made in this country then such rules should be made which do not end corruption, instead a way should be found to save one from corruption ! The regretful thing is that even after looking at all this, the blood of those people in the country who are victims of corruption is not boiling. If it is said directly, then I am speaking about the Dalits, backward classes, labourers, farmers and the Muslims. They don’t feel that their future or the dreams of their future have been already been nibbled up by today’s corrupt people and whatever is left, corrupt people are planning to nibble it in the future. That is why there is no inclination to even feel sad, but our culture is such that a dead body is mourned over and if the Dalits, backward classes, deprived, Muslims and farmers have already become corpses, then their death should be mourned.
The country is standing at the door steps of a new turn. Becoming a part of that turn or becoming a part of that change is not enough. Becoming a part of that change of leadership is much more important. The problems of the Muslims are the same as that of 80 per cent people of the country. The Muslim society probably understands this, but their leaders do not understand. So a new factor is being seen : people do not give their vote on the statements of the organisations or on the advice of any of the organisations. They give their votes in the light of their problems-the last Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election is a vivid example of this.
There is a big section of intellectuals in our country. If I start then I would want to start from the Muslim intellectuals. The Muslim intellectuals are indeed debating that when the Jayaprakash movement took place then it made the Muslim leadership weak. From the movement of V.P. Singh, no Muslim leadership emerged and the movement of Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal or V.P.Singh that is running is not even creating a Muslim leadership. Now, I would like to ask a question from these Muslim intellectuals : have you ever tried to raise the actual questions of the Muslims ? If the period during the time of Jayaprakash Narayan is remembered, then we don’t find anyone from the people who had tried to come in front in leadership or that they were pushed behind forcibly. The same thing happened during the time of V.P. Singh. During the time of V.P. Singh, the Muslim intellectuals were shaken to wake up again and again, they were invited to come in front, but still nobody came to the front row. Who came ? someone whom the Muslims do not take as their representative, that means Arif Mohammad Khan. Those who were the representatives of the Muslims, they kept on holding discussions and criticising left and right, but did not come to take charge of the leadership.
Now the people are again talking against corruption in the country, but I don’t find Muslim intellectuals in the fight against corruption. All the advice that is coming before one from them, may it be through television or through newspapers, the advice is of maintaining a status quo. In their opinion, the worry is that somehow the BJP should not come into power and the Congress does not get finished off. Their full attempt is that they fight the battle for the Congress, the battle which the Congress is not able to fight by itself, the self righteousness to fight is being provided by the Muslim intellectuals. The reason behind this might be the same as is being seen continuously since the past few years : during the time of elections, making a deal of some sort with the Congress in the name of the Muslims and keeping the dreams of the Muslims as a pawned item, because after the elections Muslim organisations or the Muslim intellectuals have never been seen rallying over those demands.
This is a situation of misfortune, because neither the Dalits, nor the backward classes or the farmers are in such poor condition as the poor situation in which the Muslims are today. The farmers, Dalits and the backward classes are raising their voices even when on the verge of death, committing suicides, but they are also showing the morale of fighting against this system. In many parts of the country, the farmers are fighting against land acquisition. The Dalits, keeping their identities in front, are seen standing with some or the other leader. The most regrettable condition is of the Muslim community, whose leaders are neither understanding the challenges of the future nor the questions facing the country. FDI, inflation, unemployment, poverty and the biggest factor of corruption does not have a great deal of meaning for them. So whenever we read the contents or the write ups of Muslim intellectuals, then it is a little disappointing.
The question is, if the leaders and the intellectuals forget their role then who should come in front ? At such a point of time there is a need for those who are studying in Jamia Millia, Aligarh Muslim University, Patna, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar and Tamil Nadu to come forward. The youth, worried and troubled with their own problems, specifically the Muslim youths, should come forward at this point of time. The country is standing at the door steps of a new turn. Becoming a part of that turn or becoming a part of that change is not enough. Becoming a part of that change of leadership is much more important. The problems of the Muslims are the same as that of 80 per cent people of the country. The Muslim society probably understands this, but their leaders do not understand. So a new factor is being seen : people do not give their vote on the statements of the organisations or on the advice of any of the organisations. They give their votes in the light of their problems the last Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election is a vivid example of this.
The condition of the farmers, Dalits and the backward classes is exactly the same. Their leaders have become a part of the status quo, they have become a part of the system. All their arguments, may it be in the newspaper, may it be on television or in small assemblies, are directed at making the topics of maintaining corruption and the continuous fight against corruption blunt. They are of the belief that the people of the country have become dishonest. This is why corruption can never be eradicated from this country. They do not understand to what level this argument of theirs raises the pain of the people of the country. When the poor man of the village or poor farmer or poor labourer or poor Muslim gives a bribe of 20 rupees somewhere then he has to give a bribe of 20 rupees because the people sitting at the top indulge in corruption of lakhs and crores of rupees. The day when the corruption at the top level stops, the same day the corruption of the lower level will stop automatically.
To talk about changing this system and dreaming of changes in the system is the one thing, but taking part in the battle of changing the system is an entirely another matter. All those people, who are afflicted from this system, who are bothered by the prejudices of the society, all of them- by breaking their limits as citizens of India, from their status circles – should come forward and give answers in by-lanes and crossings to all those arguments which are proffered against their interests by the people attached to the system. They should take those arguments as the arguments of the corrupt people of the future and should oppose the language of all such people and the activities of those people who do not want to change the current picture of India. An opportunity is coming, and the people of India will use this opportunity – this sort of hope is there among many people.