The hero of India’s Constitution, the bedrock of our democracy, is We, the People. We are the dispensers of the country’s destiny. Merely holding periodical elections is not by itself a sign of true democracy if it is followed by a total and callous disconnect  between the elected governments and the people in the interregnum. In a genuine democracy, all the three branches — the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judiciary — and all official institutions, agencies and functionaries are to hold themselves accountable to their sovereign masters, We, the People, for efficient and honest discharge of their obligations and responsibilities.

We, the People, too should consider it our paramount duty to keep a constant watch over public servants of all categories — from Ministers, MPs, MLAs and panchayat members to Judges, Heads of Government Departments and Organisations in the Public Sector and all those working under them — to ensure that they function in a spirit of public service, sensitive and responsive to the needs and expectations of the people, transparent in their working and dealings, and attending to complaints and grievances in a time-bound and result-oriented manner.

Nothing is impossible of achievement if only We, the People, gear ourselves to set things right with fervour and passion on the one hand and on the other, with unswerving adherence to peaceful forms of protest, mindful of the glorious heritage of high moral and ethical values for which India has always stood.

The Swatantra Magazine Online is being launched with the vitally important objective of  promoting awareness of the citizens to their role of making our democracy real and genuine with the idea of bringing about a change for the better in public life. Its aim is nothing short of achieving Maximum Governance and Minimum Government for which an inspiring call has already been given by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. That is the only way in which we can bring nearer the day of realisation of the dream placed before us by Abdul Kalam: Making India No.1 among the nations of the world.

Great effort has gone into making the magazine’s website a multi-faceted forum for facilitating the citizens’ full participation in keeping all the setups engaged in service-delivery  on their toes. The experience gained in working it will help us carry out further improvements to maximise its potential.

The bottom line is: We, the people, should not lose heart because of temporary setbacks. Standing on the sea shore, if you look down, you see nothing but chaos: The waves are coming in tumultuously, breaking all over you, and leaving you drenched and covered with sand. But lift your sight: What you see is the deep, calm and serene expanse of the dark, blue ocean.

That’s the kind of ennobling future that is beckoning to us. And it lies in our hands. Today with the help of the combined might of the knowledge, information, communications and technology revolutions we can assume vishwaroopa and sculpt our own future in the manner and direction we want.

All we have to do is tell ourselves: YES, WE CAN!


மக்களென்ற மன்னர்களுக்கு

வரிசையில் கால்கடுக்க நின்றிருந்தீர் வாக்களித்தீர்

பரிசாக இதோ எந்தன் பாராட்டுக்குரித்தானீர்

நாட்டு மன்னரென்றே நாதம் எழுப்புகின்றீர்

நான் கூறும் நல்லுரையை நாளும் மறக்காதீர்

ஓட்டைப் போட்டுவிட்டு ஓட்டாண்டியாகாதீர்

வீட்டினுக்கென்றே பணியாளை அமர்த்திட்டு

பணியாளே பிணியாளாய் மாறுவதைச் சகித்திட்டு

அறிவுரைக்குக் காதடைப்பு அரசே ஓரிருட்டடிப்பு

என்றவொரு நிலைமைக்கு நாட்டையே தள்ளிவிட்டு

உரிமைகள் உடைமைகள் எல்லாமே கோட்டைவிட்டு

மனம்போன போக்கெல்லாம் பணியாளைப் போகவிட்டு

கடிவாளம் பூட்டாத குதிரைபோலேக விட்டு

கண்காணிப்பில்லாக் கழிசடையாய் மாறவிட்டு

ஊழலிலும் ஊதாரித்தனங்களிலும் ஊறவிட்டு

நாதி கெட்டுப் பின்னர் நடுத்தெருவில் நிற்காதீர்

அரைநிமிட வாக்களிப்பு ஐந்தாண்டுத் தத்தளிப்பில்

முடியாதிருக்க நித்தம் முனைப்புடனே செயல் படுவீர்

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