I strongly believe that people like our Ex- Election Commissioner, James M Lyngdoh does not possess the right to retire. Today when I heard the news about re-polling in more than 500 booths, (the honour of re-polling of around 400 booths goes to a particular State). India will always need him; even Afghanis want him to conduct free and fair elections in Afghanistan. Can not we file a PIL, where Kiran Bedi, KPS Gill, Ribeiro and various other unsung real heroes should be banned from retiring? They will always be in scarcity in our country for the time being. Politicians don’t deliver, Bureaucrats don’t serve, and academicians don’t teach or research or get published….. We have very few people amongst us who work and after stipulated period of time they retire!
It is so unfair to a commoner, to those who don’t want to beat or bend the system, who want to remain honest, and after doing a days work want some peace and quiet.
But the thing is we don’t want to give up the Messiah mentality. In Gita, it is stated that God himself graces this earth when number of sinners increase. So this “being rescued mentality” has very deep and ancient root in our psyche. We always wait for a Mahatma Gandhi, Baba Amte, Prof Kurien, Vinoba Bhave, Medha Patkar……. We have fallen so low that we are now looking up to Rahul and Priyanka!
When will we come out of that “rescuer” and “being rescued” mentality? When will we start to trust ourselves? Proactive instead of passive? We are not even reactive. Hats off to Americans and Europeans, who take on to the street on smaller issues. Maintaining a hectic schedule and busy life, still they squeeze in some time to participate in demonstrations. At least this makes their political bosses sit up and take notice. We are not even in the reactive league. Is there a way out from our lethargy?