When ‘The Viewpaper’ asked me to put forward my views/suggestions for the improvement of our country, which were to be sent to you, I had instantly agreed. But to be very frank, sir, I very comfortably forgot, as a very common feel had come over me.
‘Is going to make any difference in our lives?’
But, after getting a call from The Viewspaper and sensing the seriousness in the tone, I felt slightly ashamed at not taking up the issue seriously and in fact doubting the sincerity of the ‘de facto’ Leader of our country – doubting if he would be able to make any changes in any way, but now with great hope, faith and changed heart, I am writing to you…
To be very frank, sir, I am very junior to you in all respects – age wise, experience wise and knowledge wise, but yes, I know that I have been given the Freedom of Speech and Expression by our esteemed and highly respected Constitution. Lately, though, the IT Act 66A has left me very confused and baffled. Hence, while writing this letter, I feel a very different kind of feeling overpowering my senses. Would my views be taken in accordance with our Constitutional rights or seen as going against the country? The country for which are ready to do anything – the country where we feel free to lead a ‘free life’ and in my blogs, I have been constantly writing that the success of my write-ups is because of my country’s Constitution, which gives me this right to do so.
I am very bold in expressing my thoughts and going against what I feel is incorrect but the recent Palghar arrests and that of Aseem Trivedi has left me languishing, breaking the flow of my pen, because I do not want my family to be disturbed just because I wrote something somewhere.
In December 2011, an effort was made by IT and Communication Ministry to tame the social networking sites in the name of ‘code of conduct’. As a result, such sites were painted against this act. I think that, the final result has left all gasping at the unbelievable arrests and torture.
We have many serious issues to be discussed like ‘Gas Cylinder Distributions’, elections, poverty, rupee devaluation, experimentation with education, Khap Panchayats, scams, and the icing on the cake is Corruption!
Here is just one question; I would like to ask sir as my low brain is not able to reach ‘the definition of corruption?’ Sir, I am really confused as I very well know that even the Class 1 officers of this country have to walk on the path of half starvation if he leads a strictly honest life. Some are slightly dishonest and some are massively dishonest! A decent house/flat, maintaining a decent car, sending two children to a good school, occasional visits to restaurants/movies, good clothes, nutritious food, medicines, higher education, phone/computer expenses and many other borderline needs/necessities cannot be maintained in the salary received and here starts their entrance into the vicious circle of corruption.
But PMji, this is also not my concern. My real concern is WHY HAVE THE MINISTERS WORKING UNDER YOU BECOME SO VERY INDEPENDENT AS THEY TAKE UP ISSUES AS THEIR PERSONAL GAME?
I request you Sir, kindly strictly supervise your Ministers and chain them, so they do not take up ‘Mantralyas as their Maykas.’
I would be really thankful Sir, if you look into the Common Man’s problems and to some extent it can be achieved if the ‘Taming of the Ministers’ are done.
Rashmi Singh is the author of books like Love’s Journey, Taming The Restless Mind, Back to School@30, The Fallen Love and avid blogger.Image Courtesy: [The Viewspaper]