Today I have a question for all of you. What is the difference between Bharat and India? Normally most of us would say there isn’t any but after watching the reaction of an 8 year old boy and discussing about that particular incident with my father I am really confused now. I don’t think it is an easy question as it may seem. Especially youngsters like us and to some extent adults living in major cities and metros have a picture of our country which is different from the reality that exist in small towns, villages, remote areas and tribal belts. There is a wide economic and developmental gap between rural and urban India. When compared to our lives in cities people in remote areas do not even have adequate access to basic facilities like health, education, clean drinking water, electricity etc. Due to poverty and lack of facilities parents in remote areas cannot provide proper education to their children. Consequently their children cannot break free from the cycle of poverty and unemployment.
Since independence all the major political parties have neglected the rural population. None of them have paid any serious attention to the infrastructural development of rural and tribal areas. So what is it that dominates the agenda of our politicians who campaign and ask for votes during election? It is the caste, communal and divisive politics that is prevalent and is used effectively by our politicians. People who do not have any educational background or awareness blindly trust their leaders belonging to their caste or religion. Innocent people are not be blamed here because there thought process is manipulated by the politicians. Even the impressionable minds of small children are being polluted with baseless facts and reasoning. Unfortunately poor kids who do not have educated member in their family to make them understand about right and wrong are the ones who develop distorted ideas about different issues.
Although views of the small kid in the video can be considered as an innocent mistake and is not dangerous, yet those who gave him this idea can also influence him to believe in something which can be dangerous. This also holds true for the politicians, they should be very careful about what they say in their election rallies and speeches. Please do not use and manipulate people as the means to win elections. We do not need hatred and anger to escalate in our society. My request to the politician community is rather than becoming celebrities concentrate on the work that you are elected for which is to serve people.
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