Santosh Bhartiya : When the decisions are taken by bureaucrats instead of politicians, the country has to bear the brunt of it. It is the politicians who are blamed for any decision taken by the government, while bureaucracy stands at a safe distance. Indeed, decisions are taken by the system that is run by bureaucracy. When we look back at the recent history, we find that the system has created Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindarawale. He was created, promoted and pushed through. Once he became a big name, the system pronounced that he had become a threat to India and to annihilate him sent the army to the Golden Temple, while Indira Gandhi was blamed for that. It is not yet know as to who were the bureaucrats who took such a decision. Around the same time, a second such thing happened in Sri Lanka. Our system has created the LTTE (Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam) and its leader Prabhakaran, while Rajiv Gandhi was blamed for that. It is also unknown as to which section of bureaucracy the LTTE and Prabhakaran were brainchild of. After the first incident Indira Gandhi was assassinated while after the second Rajiv Gandhi was victim. Presently, the same system is taking a decision on Kashmir and North-East.
Media is blank on the happenings in the North-East. In an agreement with the Nagas, we handed over the army, currency and judiciary to them. The system has invented a new term “Sharing Sovereignty”. This agreement has not been placed even before Parliament, saying that it may compromise the security of the country. Toady Nagas have an army of 5000 in Nagaland. Obviously, this decision would not have been taken at the Prime Minister’s level but taken by the bureaucrats at the level of the Home Ministry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have been explained that this agreement was necessary for peace in Nagaland and it would have been accepted by the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
The responsibility of the situation in Kashmir is also on shoulders of the bureaucrats. They have always misled the leaders. Whether it was Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, V.P. Singh, Chandrasekhar, Deve Gowda, Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Manmohan Singh, or now it is Narendra Modi, all of them had spoken or has been speaking the same language about Kashmir that is prompted to them by the bureaucrats. There is a cell to look after the affairs in Kashmir, which has senior bureaucrats as expert. These people have been complicating the issue of Kashmir. Currently, the issue of Kashmir has reached at such a pass which leads towards a horrible destruction. There is still another way through which we can keep the people of Kashmir with us, but perhaps we are more interested in keeping the land than the people. We are not interested in keeping people together. The bureaucrats have slowly taking Kashmir at a point where the direct or indirect foreign intervention is imminent.
Apart from this, there are many problems facing the country. Prime Minister Modi has also suggested several ways to resolve these problems, but it is in the hands of senior bureaucrats to execute or not to execute these ways pointed out by the prime minister. The senior bureaucrats who are running the affairs of the country do not consider the promises made by the Prime Minister or the paths suggested by him as their duties. None of the promises made by Narendra Modi after becoming Prime Minister seen the light of the day, because the bureaucrats do not want to do so. A year ago, there was a conference of senior bureaucrats in the Annex of Parliament. It happens only once in a year. Incidentally, I was there. When the lunch was over after the conclusion of the conference, I saw almost all the IAS officers, whether from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh or Karnataka, criticizing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not having a clear road map in front of them. I was surprised to see this, but it happened.
The Prime Minister has handed over the rein of the ministries to bureaucrats after depriving his political colleagues. Every minister is scared. He is hesitant to say anything to his secretary, because the Prime Minister has said it twice that any bureaucrat can talk directly to him. Though the prime minister’s order could not motivate the bureaucracy to work, he used this order to scare his ministers. There are only two ministers in the Union Cabinet, namely Nitin Gadkari and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who are working on their plans without any fear of their secretaries. Most of the other ministers look at the secretaries like a rat looks at the cat.
Ministers have no responsibility. Their report cards are prepared by their secretaries. I am raising the question because the Prime Minister has to think sooner or later that the political person, who is a member of the Union Cabinet, is related to the public. The workers come to him. The people of his area come to him. They share their problems with him. They also suggest remedy to those problems, but no one come to the bureaucrats to get them resolved. The bureaucrats do not know as to how their decisions are impacting the public. This is the situation of the country today. The bureaucrat is thinking in one way, the Cabinet ministers are thinking in another way and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is thinking in another way. In fact, newspapers and televisions are the only medium through which the Prime Minister is acquainting himself with the people’s problems. His party workers and the public cannot meet him. He has blocked all the roads which were open up in Gujarat. At the moment he does not have enough time to go in the midst of the people. He does go amongst the people, but to express himself, not to listen to the people. His party is misleading him by prompting people to raise the slogan of Modi-Modi. In fact, it is not the party which is misleading him; they are some vested interested in the party, who are doing this to achieve their personal ends.
I am writing these things because the bureaucracy is preparing the ground for a new rebellion in this country. That rebellion is the peasant rebellion. The farmers of every state are unhappy. The farmer came out to vote on the promise made by the Prime Minister. He also voted him in Uttar Pradesh. He was hopeful that Prime Minister will fulfill his promises and will do something to improve his life. But, the bureaucrats demolished all those hopes. Now for the first time farmers are committing suicide in those areas where there was no suicide, like Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, a series of suicides has started happening – more than twenty-five suicides have reported from Madhya Pradesh within the last one month. Maharashtra is more and more becoming suicides field of farmers. These suicides are creating anger amongst the farmers. If any section of government which is responsible for the farmer’s anger against the government, it is the bureaucrats. These bureaucrats can be IAS officers, IPS officers, or the RAW officers. And perhaps from here, the only a way out was found to use income tax, enforcement directorate, CBI to keep the ministers as well as the opponents under control.
To prevent farmer’s rebellion, to prevent framers from taking law into your own hands and to avoid the violent agitation in the country, the prime minister must take the responsibility, politicians must take their responsibility. It is quite possible that the bureaucrat convince the prime minister not to pay any hid to them. Just like Naxalism, the problems of farmers are also law and order problems. It may be possible that the prime minister get convinced by them. But it is beyond me to accept that the prime minister will be too naive to understand the hidden conspiracy within this. I address the prime minister every time, because other members of his cabinet are zero and it is a cumbersome job to identify the bureaucrat for this purpose; therefore, I am addressing the Prime Minister to take a political decision by understanding these contradictions, involving the laziness of the bureaucrats, and apply his full strength to resolve the newly emerging problems, the problems of farmers.