Mantra is a fairly commonly used word in the English language like Pundit or Punditry. All these words have originated from Sanskrit and Hindi. Vashikaran literally means bewitchment, enticement, magnetize and thereby control somebody. The term is particularly used in the context of love, romance or relationships where either of the sides feels the need to add power to its efforts to successfully woo the other. The power of the Vashikaran mantra has been marketed for centuries in India. The Tantra School popularized the mantra. Thankfully, the popularization of scientific ideas has saved the youth from the clutches of conman.However, one set of conman has been replaced by another set, who have been sucking the innocent people around the globe by making all kinds of promises for better living standards, good governance and transparency in public life. Rich or poor, developed or developing, western or eastern nations have been witness to this phenomenon. One catch phrase liberally in use is anti-corruption. The world wide campaign against corruption only proves the existence of corruption in every country.The difference is only in degree- some countries, like individuals, are more corrupt than others. But nobody denies the fact that corruption is in practice in all countries, all forms of governments and even the UNO has drawn up conventions against corruption. In India, campaigns against corruption have been mounted even before 1947 and afterwards. The Late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice-President of India, was a renowned anti-corruption activist in Rajasthan. His anti-corruption campaigns led to his becoming the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. It is a different story that the fight against corruption in Rajasthan, as elsewhere in India, has resulted in electoral defeat to incumbent governments as recently as December 2013.Delhi was witness to such a stunning change when a newbie called AAP or the Aam Aadmi Party swept to power defeating the ruling Congress. The AAP is a baby born to a successful anti-corruption campaign led by Anna Hazare, whose follower Arvind Kejriwal formed the party to carry on the fight against corruption and give Delhi a clean government. The anti-corruption mantra has been in use in all elections in India, succeeding sometimes and failing others depending on the amount of charm spread by the crusader. The AAP found in its Chief Arvind Kejriwal a very effective leader who successfully magnetized masses already entranced by Anna Hazare. The upsurge against corruption was such a tsunami of popular anger that the people were prepared to vote blindly for any candidate who contested against the Congress. The AAP and Arvind Kejriwal managed to reap maximum benefit out of it as 28 of its candidates got elected against all calculations of the political parties and the media. Anti-corruption worked as powerful as the vashikaran mantra. Everything looked so happy until the spell was broken in a few days after the AAP was able to manage to form the government without even a clear majority of its own in the Assembly. The government resigned on 14 February 2014. It has already resorted to use the Vashikaran mantra again. This time it plans to use it during the forthcoming parliamentary elections besides Delhi elections, which it wants early before the charm disappears.
The people have started coming out of the entrapment. The vashikaran mantra is gradually losing its effect. People are slowly regaining consciousness. Hopefully they will not get fooled by the charmers practising other variations of the vashikaran mantra along with the AAP’s anti-corruption hypnosis. There is no power that can remove corruption altogether from India. At any given point of time, there will be tens of millions of poor in the country, who will remain deprived of good education, health care or food. The empowered, like the AAP’s highly educated and millionaire leaders having more than one alternate employment besides politics, will always be doing electoral politics in the name of the ordinary (aam aadmi) people. Fight against corruption, genuine to begin with, will be their tool to take on the incumbent till such time that another party crops up to challenge them in the name of anti-corruption campaign. We have seen many such campaign intermittently, putting at stake our studies, jobs, careers, family interests and just ordinary subsistence living. The gap unfortunately has only widened in the last 5 decades- the planning commission of India asks us to feel happy at rupees 32 a day earning in urban and 28 rupees in rural areas.The World Bank does no better when it prescribes less than US $ 2 per day. The rich control the world’s wealth. Not all by honest means; tax rigging being one mechanism of the rich. The gap between the two segments is the most fertile ground for corruption. Therefore for any politician or political party to promise to root out corruption is the worst example of corruption. Intellectual corruption is worse than financial corruption. When leaders say something but do something different, they cheat the people, their trust, their faith. Such corruption is the most reprehensible form of corruption. People must not succumb to the sweet noise made by politicians. They support each other in ways that the aam aadmi will never understand.
The Indian voter needs to exercise his vote very responsibly this time. There is no scope for experiments like the one in Delhi. The cost of the mistake made in Delhi is nothing, but the same will be extremely heavy if repeated during the general election 2014. India needs a strong and stable government. The national parties alone are capable of delivering that kind of a government. The voter must shuffle these governments every 5 years in order to keep them on constant alert.