Ideology/Politics

I strongly believe the country’s major conflicts emanate from the feudal order that is failing to give space to modern values. While I have pride in Indian culture and values, I feel it should learn to adjust to the new realities. Honour killings and intolerance do not reflect well on our culture and civilization. Reforms take time if it comes from within. While it should be encouraged by everyone, the state cannot abdicate its responsibilities merely because a group or community wants to have their own system going. The law of the land must assert to allow modern values to prevail. An individual must have the liberty to practice the faith or uphold values of his choice, but such values should not come in conflict with modern values where a person is respected for being a citizen. The Constitution of India gives all rights to its citizens and not to groups or communities. The country has suffered a lot in the last 65 years because of the failure of the system to create a better delivery mechanism. Absence of transparent political funding and use of money and muscle power have ensured that good people stay out of politics. This has created a vested interest of those in power. While powerful leaders in the world have made reforms possible through their will, a leader of such a substance is clearly missing in India. My support is to anyone who can promise and deliver on these fronts. It does not matter to me which party or individual comes to power. It does matter when such individuals fail to deliver on the front of governance and in delivering justice to the poor. Change is the only way by which we can bring sense to politicians who think they are going to be there for ever. While politicians have their own share of blame the biggest blame lies with the bureaucracy that has failed to act as per its mandate. Permanency and status that bureaucrats enjoy should give them the confidence to work as per their conscience but most of them appear to have sold it for personal and political expediency. Reform in bureaucracy is must to make the system deliver. The country needs new politics based on citizen centric issues. We need comprehensive reforms in the system to make it work. The dilapidated and archaic laws of the British must be jettisoned now that a younger generation is ready to take over the leadership. It does not matter to which ideology I belong to. I am in complete agreement with the ideology of Voltaire: "I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it". In personal relation I follow the principle: "Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade."- Polonius in Hamlet