While we are all going gaga over the festive season, there is something I want from the government as my ‘Diwali’ bonus. These aren’t demands but these are definitely what I think I should have as an Indian.
1.I want to be able to brag about my country to those who don’t belong to India:
I have seen scores of Indian citizens bow their head down in shame when their country is ridiculed for its various problems. While there are steps that citizens can take, there are other steps that only a government can to make a country, proud of itself.
2. I want a faster judicial system which does not scare me:
A common man fears the name of the ‘court’. It is also dreadful how cases go on even after the original petitioner has passed away. While the legal word is complicated for the common man to not know their rights, it will be nice to have an assurance that if an appeal is filed, it will be heard and adjudged swiftly.
3. I want transparency when it comes to knowing where my hard earned money goes as ‘tax’:
While all Indians are vague, very vague idea about how their taxes are utilized – sometimes ‘if’ they are utilized, I’d really like to know how exactly did my income changed the country. How exactly?
4. I want to be treated like a human and not like an object at government offices:
Public servants make the public their servants. As if red tape wasn’t enough, rude behaviour and no respect for humans makes it a living hell. I want, respect from those who get their salaries from mine.
5. I want to be able to get things done without corruption:
Why should I pay more to get my work done in time for something that should have been done ages ago anyway? I want a corruption-free upright country.
6.I want my promises to be fulfilled by those who ask me for votes:
I vote so that the person who is standing in the elections makes my village, town or state better. If my light bulb would remain turned off even after 10 years why should I vote?
7. I want my talent to be recognized in my country, so I don’t have to fly abroad to help another one:
Even if 10% of the money that goes into scams would help tap the brains of brilliant Indians, it would stop the brain drain. I want to be able to do what I want to right here, without waiting in the queue for visa, without having to leave my family behind for a better life.
This Diwali, I, as an Indian citizen, want this. Then maybe somewhere, sometime I might be able to say ‘Happy Diwali’ without hesitating.