We have seen the mobs at the gates, baying for the blood of the rapists and the corrupt. We have heard their slogans of how the leaders are 6-letter words. And we have seen them cheer when they see a messiah on TV who reminds them of the real Mr. India – Gandhi. And we call these mobs our new hope – the dawn of a new nation, a new chapter in the crooked chronicles of our recent history.
Excuse me, but am I the only one who is scared? Who are we trying to fool?? And pray, how are these misguided missiles supposed to be heralding the new dawn???
I agree the nation is being looted by our political class. I agree that we have moved away from the ideals of our constitution – if not in letter, than at least in spirit. But if you are looking towards who is to be blamed for these, you only have to look in the mirror.
We cheered for Anna. We cheered for the youth who rioted in the citadels of power. We all lost faith in democracy. We all consequently lost faith in our constitution. We are all Naxal. We are all criminals.
Remember the last time you leched at the girl in the mall? Ogled at all those western-dress wearing girls in college?? Or maybe you are the Manmohan Singh type – who did not do all these, but then did not stop your friend(s) either. All this was in good jest of course. After all you are the one who draws the lines of morality in the society. So it is ok to lech, pass lewd comments, ogle – totally harmless. But anything more than that – the punishment, as demanded by you, my friends should be hanging. We are all guilty as charged. We are all criminals.
So Naxals are bad – they killed CRPF soldiers in Dantewada. They rigged the bodies of soldiers with explosives. Such dastardly acts they committed – acts worth condemning on Facebook and Twitter. But has anyone given a thought as to what those soldiers were doing in “Maoist infested” areas? They were in the warzone. They were fighting the war for the state – against people whose voice the state decided to muzzle so that the power plant could come up or the mine could be operationalized. The power generated was supposed to light up your homes and power your computers – so that you can post your comments on Facebook. Forget the few hundred Crore bribes, that was coincidental – FOCUS. They were fighting a goddamn war. And Wars are not like what Burkha Dutt shows on TV. Wars do not come with Hollywood-sized special effects and Sunny Deol style heroism. Wars are ugly, barbaric and gruesome. And if you cannot accept this gruesomeness, you can either put an end to the war, or switch off your idiot box.
We look forward to a mass-murderer leading our nation. We think it is his approach to development that is guiding our judgment. A few thousand odd people dead are coincidental. So what, if the man’s flaws are all brushed aside with the broom of Right wing’s rants. By choosing him – we are endorsing a communal dictatorial leader. Even if the choices are limited to corrupt buffoons or goons, we still rationalize well by saying it is his developmental plans that are impressive. We are all complicit in the mass murder. We are all communal. We are all criminals.
We demand an investigation into the war crimes perpetuated on Tamils by the Lankan army. A noble demand. How about an impartial UN investigation in the human rights violations in Kashmir? Do I hear “What Human Rights?”, “Sovereignty”, “Propaganda”? I rest my case. And pay attention to the political correctness of the words. “Indian Tamils” are protesting. “Indian Muslims are protesting”. Am I the only one who feels that it should be “Tamil Indians” and “Muslim Indians”? Is national identity only brought to the fore during IPL (remember Mumbai Indians” huh)? And where were the same people who are fasting for a probe, when the crimes were being committed? We are all seditious. And we are all criminals.
We cry ourselves hoarse when an industrialist builds a 39 story hideous looking apartment on prime piece of real estate and gifts it to his wife. How can he do this when there are millions starving? Last I checked, we had given up on socialism and embraced capitalism. I mean it is ok to build a 30 story apartment. No? Or is 20 enough?? Who decides?? Whiners, who will never be able to build a similar structure, never generate a single job, but will happily buy their groceries from his Retail stores. We all share the socialist- naxalite ideology. And we are all criminals.
You know, how I concluded that the Indian youth as a solution is worse than the problem on hand. I switched on MTV. And I saw Roadies. And I saw the auditions. And then I saw IPL. And then I saw people going “Dil Jumping Japang”. And then I was reassured that I am not the craziest person in this country.
“It is never too late to do the right thing. But do we know what the right thing is?”
P.S. Don’t be serious. You and I know that you are right. I am just playing with your heads. Next post will make you laugh “Pinky Promise”!!!