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Monday, March 14, 2016

True Lies

In a country where a vast populace does not get three square meals a day, where the laborers do back breaking work, the bread winners in the family toil hard in offices to support the families there is a small section of super privileged ones who have easy access to the wealth stashed in banks to pursue a live style that make everyone red with envy. If this happens once in a while one can understand but the story keeps getting repeatedly like the ever changing fashion which fades with time but returns yet again like the proverbial ‘Sphynx”.

The legal system, the procedures, the entire system becomes a mute spectator when these are tweaked to favor the rich and mighty. Those in chairs of responsibility squirm and indulge in the blame game , on realizing that they have been taken for a ride. Imagine the number of forms, guarantees, surety one is asked to submit when seeking petty loans. The rules book are hurled at the face explaining why the same cannot be sanctioned when the amount is a few thousands or lakhs. As the amount in question gets bigger with greater number of zeros, the time to sanction the same is in inverse proportion and the ease with which the individuals walk away, with a smirk makes one wonder if the rules are only meant for the honest. Honesty does not appear to be the best policy in the brazen world!
This is equally true for other crimes where the petty criminals languish behind the bars for years whereas the ones with might walk away by signing bonds and lead lives as if nothing ever happened. The ease with which they get reprieve makes the mockery of the law. Agree,   that we do not live in a Utopian world but then the sense of fair play, or semblance of the same should at least appear to be visible.

We talk so much about the environment these days to preserve the city, rivers, and air clean but do not give a thought when razing a forest, or by the river front for holding huge rallies that leave a trail of destruction in its wake. It takes years to make the land green and conserve the rivers but systematic plundering keeps adding to the scars.

Unfortunately, the commercial gains, personal ambitions, greed, and petty politics are the primary motives behind most of the prevailing ills. People want to live a life as if there will be no tomorrow! One thing that is assured is that with repeated frequency of such events , there is very little future for the next generations to feel proud of. There is always a hope and for which, one has to make a beginning in small ways to restrain the desires.


As a nation we have to learn to demonstrate setting a level playing field and those not playing by the rule book be shown the door. No matter how high or mighty one may be, the law must prevail and justice be delivered in reasonable time for people to have the faith in the system.

17 comments:

  1. Yes, its a sad situation, where some people don't get any food to eat and there are others who waste food, spend lavishly on meaningless parties and pursuits. This contrast between the poor and the super rich is very troubling.

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    1. A pity that things do not seem to get better!

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  2. Ours is one country that is going backward. Gap between haves and have-nots is increasing. Life is difficult for a common man. Your loan example reminded me of the time we went from bank to bank for education loan for my brother. And that too when we have property to pledge, and steady income of two individuals to back it.

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    1. Having seen a bit of world you can do comparisons fairly, Saru! One feels sad to see the grim situation.

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  3. Very true, Rahul. It is dismaying to note what is happening around us. We don't actually practise what we preach.

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  4. Our country is deteriorating day by day. We don't seem to have good leaders whom people respect and follow. Judicial system also is sleeping. Since people are not sincere in following rules and regulations, punishment should be severe. Even that is not there. Pay them off and have your work done is the norm. Even for getting a signature from the local police for getting a passport, he is bluntly asking for Rs.200. If we don't pay, they will just write that the person is not home and we have to wait for days together. These types of problems are never ending. We forget all these things and carryon, we have to!

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    1. The list is endless, Sandhaya with no respite in sight:(

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  5. Very well written. U aptly highlighted the sorry state of affairs. Rules are never same for all and minimising gap between rich and poor is now a mere joke in election manifestos.

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    1. Thank you, Shaivi for taking time off to read and agree with the mess we are in!

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  6. Very well written. U aptly highlighted the sorry state of affairs. Rules are never same for all and minimising gap between rich and poor is now a mere joke in election manifestos.

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  7. Yes Rahul, things are definitely not fair.... But nothing lasts forever..... Hope some day things change for the better!

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    1. I keep my fingers crossed to see the things getting better, Jaishree!

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  8. Nice and interesting article here. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Jamshed and welcome to my blog.

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