Jaagte Raho – Be Vigilant
‘’ Freedom is in peril. Defend it with all your might.’’- Jawaharlal Nehru
‘’Jaagte raho – Be vigilant to achieve the above mentioned aim i.e. to defend our hard earned freedom.
After independence in 1947, the respectable leaders of that time selected democratic form of government to run the country. In democracy, individual freedom has very important role to play. In a communist country, state is supreme. But in a democratic country, individual having the power to elect the government is all powerful. Leaders are people’s representatives. They are his servant, not masters. That’s why, the members of the constituent assembly declared that, ‘we, the people of India having solemnly resolved to constitute India into sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic and to secure to all its citizens, justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.’
The above-mentioned preamble of the Indian constitution lays great emphasis on freedom because the ideals described in the preamble cannot be realized without individual freedom. Everyone has fundamental rights to save his life and honor. So it is the primary duty of the government to defend the life and honor of every citizen. We have to be vigilant to see whether the government and the politicians are serious about doing their basic duties. The government on the whole is trying to do its duty in this respect, but the politicians individually have failed. According to the constitution, people are their master, but instead of being people’s servant, they have become their master. They formed their own class, having immense rights and enjoying innumerable rights and facilities at the cost of public money. They don’t pay taxes; they harass common citizens, insult and kick them; extort money from them and make them fight over unimportant issues. They have usurped people’s rights and shed crocodile tears over their plight. We have to be vigilant to prevent and punish them and make them behave properly.
The leaders of the people decided to constitute India into a socialist and secular democratic republic. At present, our republic is neither socialist, not secular in true sense. Socialism has been ditched by our Mouny(SILENT) former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The rights of employees to have pension and PF have been taken away. Public sector has been made secondary to private sector in the name of globalization and liberalization. This is the result of our trade union leaders not being vigilant. Our worthy Prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi, is trying to be inspiringly secular and condemns communalism vociferously, but he doesn’t prevent his colleagues from insulting the minorities. We have to be vigilant to prevent the government from going astray and neglecting its duty.
Now comes the question of justice and equality. In our country, all are equal, but some are more equal than others. Who are they? They are the rich and the politicians who are a privileged class enjoying more rights than the common people. We have to be vigilant to check this.
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Judiciary is the only conciliation and ray of hope in the hopeless scenario. It is trying hard to defend the constitution in letter and spirit though there are some serious problems also in the judicial system like corruption at lower level and unnecessary consumption of time which delays judicial process. We have to be vigilant to force the government to rectify all this by framing laws for judicial reform.
To be vigilant merely is not enough. We have to launch a powerful movement to rectify the malice prevalent in the polity of our country. Only then we shall be worthy of being true sons and daughter of Bharat Mata and will have the right to raise the slogan,’’Bharat Mata Ki Jai’’