Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2017 11:16:38

THE whole nation shares the sentiment of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi when he expects the bureaucracy to fulfill the dream freedom fighters saw for India. The nation also understands the sense of urgency Mr. Modi has attached to this expectation by stressing that it be achieved by the year 2022, that is in the next five years. On the surface, this may appear as a rather tall order, but it is nevertheless achievable if the task is taken up concertedly. 

But what is the dream of freedom fighters for the new India? What was their definition of freedom? What was their way of thinking about the country when it attained freedom? What was that inspiration that made them brave enough to face even death?

Finding the answers to these questions is very critical to the task of fulfillment of the freedom fighters’ dream of new India. History shows that all those countless lakhs of people -- faceless or with face -- fought against the alien rulers first for freedom to become the first and the last stakeholders in the process of shaping the nation’s destiny.

They looked forward to times when India would be a world leader in true sense, when India would be a nation without corruption, when India would be a place where the arts and the sciences would flourish in all their glory, when India would be economically strong and spiritually elevated! They worked hard to achieve total equality for all in terms of social, political and economic justice. They were ready to die for a nation in which the last and the least man would get equal opportunity to grow and glow.

Looked at from such a stand point, we must confess that we are far from fulfilling that kind of a dream. We must confess that as a nation, we have failed miserably in bringing into the reality the enlightened dream, lofty ideals and sublime goals of freedom fighters. It is not just the bureaucracy but also the larger Indian society that has failed to make sense out of the freedom fighters’ dream. Thus, each Indian stands to be blamed for the massive failure on that count.

The bureaucracy also is an essential and integral part of the larger Indian society. It could have played a more vital role in the whole process. Unfortunately, we must confess, it did not rise to the expectations of the freedom fighters as well as the larger Indian society. Over time, the nation saw the bureaucracy become a hand-maiden of the political leadership and did everything to its bidding. In the process, it allowed governance to decline in quality, as a result of which the last and least person in the farthest corners of the country did not have the opportunity to live the Great Indian Dream.

That is the reason why Mr. Modi has asked the bureaucracy to fulfill the dream of freedom fighters. He wants the bureaucracy to become the most potent tool of great and fully democratic governance. And this expectation he has verbalised not for the first time; he has done so many times in the past three years. It is not without reason that he is laying so much stress on one segment of the Government. He realises that everything will fall in place if the bureaucracy assumes its rightful and designated place and space in public affairs.

But even as he makes this assertion, it is necessary to remind the political community across the ideological divides that the purity, sanctity and dignity of the political process also needs to be maintained by none other than the politicians. Every political leader must not lose sight of the ancient wisdom of Yatha Raja Tatha Praja (The subjects are as the King is). So, if the bureaucracy is to conduct itself responsibly, then the political leaders, too, must do the same so that all work for the same dream.