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When Anna and his team challenged the parliamentarians, there was a sudden uproar in the political galleries. Everyone started talking highly of Democracy and the occupants of the Parliament House as the wisely chosen representatives. Little did we know that serious events like the Rail Budget can have ingredients of Humour. The Rail Minister made announcements that were more or less in sync with what was required. Little did the AAM AADMI object to the nominal fare hike. 

It was the other MORE INTERESTED parties which had serious objections to it. Welcome to the political stage where the ones who are affected are shadowed by ones who pretend to be affected. The ones who are want to object are never heard, and the ones who have free passes are the first and only ones to object. Why did Mamata and her party workers not move a motion to stop Railway passes to the MPs, MLAs? Why don’t we stop the families of Railway staff from travelling free of cost, legally and illegally?

Railways already pays the deserved and agreed salary to them, doesn’t it?

Indian Railways is as massive as the Indian government itself. The Union Rail Minister was quite right when quoted that Rail ki Chuk Chuk se Aam Aadmi ki dhak dhak chalti hai. Indeed the common man is affected by railways. millions of commuters use the Rail services daily. It has taken us 65 years to figure out that the railway platforms, stations and trains are unhygienic? If an organisation like Sulabh International develop self-sustaining models of Toilets, can we not have Indian Railways with a support of a full ministry and a strong lobby of Administrative bureaucrats to think out a solution. It is quite amusing that Indian Railways still is in a state that it is. 

When Lalu Prasad Yadav opened avenues of revenue generation, the opposition and allies objected to it. But tell me is it not a criminal wastage to not utilize the massive Railway Infrastructure by roping in corporate participation, advertising on sites, etc?

I wonder how can these issues be ignored and not a part of the Rail Budget? Can we not have a policy which has a combined participation of Public – Private partnerships? 

Why can we not draw a leaf out of Delhi Metro’s book? Why do we have to calculate and project vague figures? The operating costs projects are amazing but sadly unprecedented. We do not drive country’s growth on assumptions that need record breaking efforts and specially in these turbulent times. 

And to add to the misery is the political drama eversince the railways minister concluded his speech. He has maintained solidarity, he has been scolded, reprimanded, called back, asked to resign, resigned, accepted, and then not resigned, still maintains the designation. The entire population is glued to the television sets more to have some masala khabar than a genuine news. The media is doing gymnastics on a tamarind leaf. Anyone comes up with a statement of his choice, the same person is giving three contradicting speeches.

I believe that Railways is a serious business of the government and the same shall be dealt with utmost care and sincerity. And I hope that the Railway Minister keeps to his words, Faulad sa seena hai, fauladi hai baahein – hum chattano mein bhi bana lenge rahein. Jai Hind


Supporting ANNA HAZARE

किस रावण की काटूँ बाहें, किस लंका में आग लगाऊँ। दर-दर रावण, दर-दर लंका, इतने राम कहाँ से लाऊँ

Anna Hazare, Hum saath hain tumhare, Anna tum sangharsh karo hum tumhare saath hain !!
Every town, city, street is used to these sounds now and it pleases you to the core.
It is amazing horw one person came and turned it all around with Grit and determination. And he is not the only one pinched by Corruption and anti-social behaviour of the Union and State governments. It is high time that we get out and get moving. The government needs a pushover and we are the ones to provide that. It is a matter of immense pride and honour to witness a revolution like this. Much happier to witness the educated people and employed people, taking time out and coming in full support. Suddenly people have realised the ownership of the nation and it gives you a sense of belonging too. The nation is no longer a second priority for them. Like the yesteryears of Independence, we are one bunch of passionate people with a willingness to go full throttle for out nation. This time a corruption free nation. The governments come and go, but corruption is unchanged. Not any longer. People’s voice is not going to stop. It is going to get LOUDER and LOUDER.
Sharad Pawar, has displayed the true face of UPA. To him ICC is much important than the Anti Corruption bill. When the time came to prioritise, he picked ICC and a Ministry over this noble committee. Shame, Absolute shame. And UPA is full of such shameless and spineless creatures. Better they are hanged in public. Not that NDA did any better but atleast they had the courtesy of not doing it as explicitly as UPA. The question is, what needs to be done ?
Simple, go out and support Anna. Best if you can make it all the way through to Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. If not, start with your state, city, town or least your street. Extend your events to the media. Let the whole nation get an estimate of the support Anna is getting. My request to media is to cover as much as anti-corruption events that happen as much they covered these corrupt people in the recent past. Wherever a politician comes to take mileage of such an event, shoo him away to his home. We do not need these black-faced people to be spoiling the good work done by the noble. For all those who cannot make it outside their homes, please show solidarity by applying Anti Corruption badges, sending as many SMS in support, passing on E-mails, going all out on social networking sites. Anyone interferes you, say NATION FIRST. MY NATION, I CARE.

We are a part of the culture where Lord Rama asked Sita to prove holiness. Such is the power given to the citizens. The king is to serve the nation and the citizens are to benefit. It was never meant to be the other way round and certainly should not be. We are the sons and daughters of Non-corrupt people and it is time that we prove it. We need clarity on transparency, we need support, we need our money back, we need freedom from the corrupt.

Do whatever you can and see what this nation comes out to be. An India we always wanted. An India richer than anyone in the west. An India which is self-reliant. Ask the government to list the names of Swiss Account holders. Send letters to the Prime Minister, CVC, any other minister. Just Do It.