Exactly 2 weeks ago, we were all rejoicing in an overdose of India at 61 with the tricolors being flaunted everywhere, channels galore with a sudden surge of patriotism and newspapers featuring the history of our struggle for Independence.
When Bindra won a gold medal, like every other Indian I sensed the pride and excitement when I saw the footage of our national flag being hoisted and the national anthem being played during the presentation ceremony. Within hours after the historic achievement, every section of the society wanted to stake their claim in Bindra ‘s success. Like every other person, I chose to forget the men lay down their lives for our country. (courtesy : the common man)
When the Indian Olympic contingent marched out in splendor with a billion people’s hopes pinned on them, we were complaining on how our country is going to put up a dismal performance yet again. We need not think about the lack of training facilities and infrastructure for our sportsmen when we have crores of rupees to spend on IPL and redressing the underdressed cheerleaders.
Few weeks back we saw the familiar headlines of “Terror strikes again” and the usual drama that ensued. For every mishap, we conveniently shift the blame on- the Government. Though it may sound silly, sometimes I wonder if a government did not exist who would, we blame for the state of affairs? We shared our concerns and grief with our fellow citizens who were affected by the blasts. Our leaders openly proclaimed that we shall remain unfazed by these acts of terror. At the same time, I am fully aware that the very same ‘netas’ are behind the gruesome acts.
Jammu and Kashmir is something we have been taught to live with. It’s a state of terrorists where violence takes place every other day. It has become a part of our lives that, today we don’t even care to spare a thought for the victims of violence.
A year ago, we were basking in the glory of achieving a 9% GDP growth rate. It is a sad truth but we have to accept that only 20% of this GDP is accessible to 80% population and 20% of the population has access to 80% of the GDP. I am blinded by the increasing number of Indian billionaires, that the increasing number of farmer suicides makes no difference to me.
A government spearheaded by technocrats is trying to save its face, now that the GDP has fallen and yet the FM is still trying to justify ” its a near to 8% growth. “
We have loads of policies and plans to establish premier educational institutions with world-class facilities and state of the art system. Any idea from where are going to get world-class faculty to meet the standards? A profession which was most respected is now equally detested. We turn a blind eye on the number of primary schools, which are now mere buildings and marked by an absolute absence of teachers and students. When free primary education is still a namesake activity carried out by the government, we know the new facilities will be accessible only to the rich and the creamy layer fuelling further inequality.
When a chameleon oops politician voiced out against bandhs, we had a political party redefining our fundamental rights. Hypocrites big time. The reasons for the man changing his colors is pretty obvious and now again he’s taken his words back. Just when I thought, finally someone said something right even though it was for his momentary survival. Will our leaders ever learn to stick to their words?
Orissa is another burning issue at the moment. Today was a holiday for all Xian institutions as a protest against the violence. However, I don’t get the point. Being in a Xian institution myself, I’m pretty sure 75% of them didn’t know why this Friday was declared a holiday. 99% of the people were happy over the prospect of an extended weekend. Did it really make a difference? How exactly does this holiday as a mark of protest contribute to a solution for the problem?
We have a third rate politician newly listed in the 100 most powerful women in the world. With her tactics and use of communal and caste politics, harboring the dreams of becoming the next prime-minister of our country, is it something for us Indians to be proud of ?
The sky-scrapers, hi-fi malls, corporate-crowd,global brands entering the market, increasing sales of electronics and consumer goods, the lopsided increase in purchasing power are the illustrations of growth my country has achieved. But, when I see beggars, slums and other inconvenient truths right in front of my eyes, it unsettles me. Yet, I choose to ignore them and give a look of sympathy at the max.
Yes, I am the Ignorant Indian who was seen flaunting the tri-color and glorifying the spirit of Independence two weeks back.
When will my country be freed of wretched people for whom patriotism is symbolism? When will my country be freed of breeders of violence? When will my country be freed of people who are not ready to venture out of their comfort zones but keep complaining about the pathetic state of affairs? Maybe, even I am one among them.