2013: The Year When “C” Dominated

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In couple of days, the year 2013 would come to an end and we would welcome 2014, a New Year. When I look back at the year gone by, I am positive that in the annals of Indian History, the year 2013 would be termed significant; as it would be best remembered for the extraordinary series of events that marked the departure from the past and advent of interesting times, that hold certain challenges as well as dreams of better tomorrow for all of us.

But this finally boils down to all of us, the voters; to reject and/or to vote on the issues of “Cs”.India


If one revisits the history of Modern India then one would find that the leaders of minority religious constituents Muslims raised the demands for West Pakistan and East Pakistan (Bangladesh), as many of their leaders were worried that their voices would not be heard in a democracy, wherein only the voices of majority religious constituents Hindus would be heard, as they form larger chunk of India’s voting population. Since independence, by and large India has successfully dispelled the above held notion and fears of minority communities; although in the recent years, one could see the rise of Communalism forces in our country that threatens to take back into the era of partition, when the mutual suspicion, distrust and hatred led to tragedy and human suffering.

# Corruption

It’s no secret that India is known for its high level of corruption. But rarely, we had seen so much outpouring of public anger against the issues and the perpetrators of corruption. The civil society rage took the shape of a popular anti-corruption movement and finally compelled the parliamentarians to pass the anti-corruption bill, which had languished in the files for the last 4 decades. But this bill is only a small step in the direction of curbing institutionalized corruption, which causes huge holes in the pockets of poor and deprived sections of our society. One must not overlook the positive correlation between the corruption and the artificial price-rise; the hoarding, the black-marketing and the profit-maximization often leads to galloping inflation.

# Crony capitalism

Every year the prestigious business magazines come out with the list of Richest Indians, to showcase the money power of select few. What’s really disturbing in this list is the fact that most of the Richest Indians have made huge pile of wealth by exploiting the natural wealth of our country. In our crony-capitalism, this exploitation of natural resource is carried out Business People with an active help and favoritism from the Governments’ People (State & Union). Incidentally, in our democratic set-up the Governments are considered the custodian and / or the trustee of our natural wealth. No doubt, we see so many instances of crony-capitalism in our country, which is intimately linked with the corruption. Although, I would be wrong to paint all the rich people with the same brush of crony-capitalism; as lots of exceptions and honorable do exist in even that list of wealthy Indians.

# Cacophony

The cacophony of voices emanating out of our country does paint a scary picture of Mobocracy; many a time, this cacophony is followed by threats, abuse and intimidation, to drown and muffle the saner and reasonable voices of dissent. Sadly, the loud and irresponsible voice of cacophony often emanates from the extremists views held by select few vocal people, who like to trample on ideas which runs contrary to their own stringent view-points. It is important for any healthy and mature democracy that sensible, logical and rational voices must be protected at all cost, or else our country would be heading in the wrong direction. It’s time to speak up and not the time to keep quite.

It is often been said when good people choose to keep quiet, the anarchy prevails and the chaos takes over. And this bring us to the last and most important “C” that would decide the direction that our great country would take in the momentous election year of 2014.

# Commoners

In 2013, we witnessed the common citizens, raising their voices against the injustice meted out to them, registering their protests and in some cases even winning against the powerful set of people. Unlike in the past, their voices didn’t disappear; they were heard and understood by the conscientious citizens; who in turn joined hands to amplify and to strengthen the demands for justice for the plebeians. Finally, their joint efforts paid-off, it led to outpouring of public outrage and their collective voices forced the action against the powerful set of people, who otherwise would have gone scot-free, in our country. Let us not ease the pressure of popular public outrage and keep our democratic institutions on their toes.

I think, in the realms of modern Indian History, the year 2013 would be marked by the above mentioned “Cs”.

However, in year 2014 it’s really up to all of us, the commoners, to make sure that we do not take a step in the wrong direction and try to fight the above mentioned ills that afflicts our nation with all our might, by choosing correct and pressing the apt button when the times come.

Let’s pledge together to keep the idea of India, intact.

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Sameer Bhagat

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Social-Activist. Author of SALVAGING ADIDWEEP.


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