Thursday, November 27, 2008

A FAILURE BEYOND MEASURE...

Condemnation is not the answer. 
Accusation, blame, protest, hatred, ostracization, nor attacks against terrorism. 
The spirit of Mumbai will feel as false as it looks nowadays.
None of these are the solutions to the mindless carnage and violence that is taking place across the world and at present in Mumbai, the financial capital and city of dreams for all Indians in the world. 
This is the war of the have nots against the haves. 
This is a global phenomenon and the richer the state we are, the more fortified, more protected, and therefore under seige. 
We are imprisoned, ensnared in the net of the false illusion called protection.
When about 50 men armed in a boat loaded with the most sophisticated weapons. ammunition and powerful explosives can enter a metropolis, past its well guarded port by sea, and hold a city of 20 million people hostage, crushing the entire security system into realization of its redundancy and beating the entire cities police force to a pulp of decadence, its time to freeze. 
Time to stop for a few days, rewind, and go back to the beginning from where we started, so we can correctly view where we are today. 
It is 15 hours since they attacked the two luxury hotels which are still under seige and there is no sight of a closure yet. I'm not even talking about the 8 other places which were under the raging fire of the terrorists hatred in the last 15 hours.
Two luxury hotels in the city of dreams, the financial capital of India and the largest democracy in the world are in control of 50 insane people driven by their religious zeal, and while a few good men from the IPS, ATS and the Police Force have fallen, we sit in our homes waiting to hear the news of when scores of innocent people held hostage inside these two palaces of power and for the powerful, will be released and when this attack will cease.
Naval Commandos, the Army , the Rapid Action Force and the Special Protection Group are all in there, yet there is no end in sight. 
The Chief Minister of the state is speechless, the home minister of the nation, confused and the leader of the opposition  is not letting an opportunity go by,  making most of it to his advantage for the elections which are round the corner. 
The President of India, the Prime Minister of India and the leader of the ruling party Congress, who controls the entire system of governance of the country in the palms of her two soft hands, are silent.
What will they say?
Will they ever admit that they have failed us?
Will they ever accept that the nation as a whole has to come to terms with the fact that we as a country are incapable of sustaining our freedom? 
Freedom?
A struggle for which had lasted over a century, before we achieved independence  in 1947? 
A movement that was led by men and women of credibility... 
Who had a dream and had assured that generation, which are the devastated senior citizens of today, that all will be well henceforth...

Equity is the only answer. 
And all those who have been and, are in power since the last 60 years are guilty of having brought about the worst disparity ever by fuelling and inciting religious and communal passions for their own vested interests.
An equanimity amongst all the people who exist and have taken birth on this earth is the only solution. 
Nature has provided for all, therefore what is available, has to distributed to all. 
As we evolve as a race, everyone must have atleast the basics that they need and no one must suffer for no fault. 
Then you can take action and be accountable for your actions. 
Then you can speak and be respected for every word you say.
Each and every person should get his/her due. Whether it is education, shelter, health services, opportunity and respect. It has to be distributed across the board and everyone must be included. 
Today the two forts of the mighty and the powerful have been brought down to ashes. So there is no security even in those safe havens that only the rich can afford. 
Those who have will HAVE TO share with those who don't have. 
The entire world has to collectively and, immediately look at sustainable methods to distribute the wealth of power, fuel, food, knowledge and all other expensive material,  for a compromise to be brought about between those who think they have been left out in the last leg and we know can only be humbled by a healing touch, and those who are now insecure even under the protection of their wealth and power.
Otherwise, the end is near and we better then, be prepared for it.
 

Monday, November 17, 2008

GOD HELP US!!!

So it is finally hitting us and really hard at that?! 
How long could we have evaded the real thing? 
When the largest economy in Europe Germany, the most robust economy in Asia China, and the United States of America have declared recession, I wonder with what face we still go on pretending like it is not about to come upon us. 
Pretending, just like we have done for the past two decades about AIDS: like it was never going to happen to us in India while the rest of the world was threatened by it. 
But then, we are a God fearing lot, we don't believe in sex because we consider it dirty, even though in the name of God almost every sect and community is resorting to terror to get themselves heard by our deaf state. 
We don't legitimise the gay community because they don't exist in our country and if they ever surface, we punish them, and then right there in front of us, hurtling like a missile comes a huge block buster called Dostana, takes the whole of India by storm and blasts two gay men of Indian origin in our faces who also pretend that they are not gay. 
Or is that they pretend that they are gay?
What is wrong with us? Why do a bunch of gay men who have the resources to make a film about the gay culture that stares at us from every peep hole in the dark black room that we have cocooned ourselves in, have to go from London to Miami with their characters, and even then make a film about two gay men pretending to be gay, or pretending not to be gay.
Whoops! 
It goes on to become a huge hit anyway, and the Indian audiences, from mothers to daughters, to sons and fathers, to husbands and wives to gay and lesbian couples, go lap it up like they were starving for it. 
When will we stop pretending? When will we finally be able to accept our realities like the rest of the world has already done, and is marching way ahead of us, even in times of recession? 
When will we stop sweeping facts about ourselves under the carpet and put an end to this convoluted mess called fiction.
From Saas Bahu's to mythologicals, from mindless comedy to senseless drama, from povety to recession, from hunger to illitracy, from violence to terror and from lack of governance to corruption, every single problem haunts us, but we just carry on pretending like everything is alright.
We will go crazy like this! Or are we already crazy and we don't really know that?!
The Television Industry has come to a grinding halt, the film industry has frozen all future plans for the time being and all other industries are laying off people, cutting costs and warning tough times ahead, but the Government of India fails to comply. 
They dare not say that we are in the midst of recession otherwise, the people of India will blame them for it and they will lose votes in the elections which are soon to follow. So lets stay in denial, and let the rest of India stay in denial eand let them not be able to figure out why they are sufferring so much. 
They are used to sufferring anyway, so they will not really worry about what the cause of their pain this time around. 
Oh God, whom we believe in but doesn't seem to exist only for us, help us!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

When the world is dead... confusion will be its epitaph...

When the world is dead, confusion will be its epitaph. 
The chaos that reigns accross the board is not funny. 
While Obama and Mc Cain go on and on about things that are done to, obviously death, and about things we all know will be forgotten the day after elections are over, terror strikes everywhere one looks.
Is this for real?
Are we all going crazy?! 
Or is this what life is going to be about, for the rest of the time that this world stays alive?
The new virus parocialititus is spreading accross all states in India. 
Reasons being given by leaders of all statures for irrational attacks on public property, cabs and autorickshaws in Maharashtra and inhuman lynching of innocent folk, range from absurdities like people must adapt to the culture of the state they are living in, to me marathi manoos.
Out there in Assam powerful bomb blasts rock the state where about fourteen militant outfits operate as are known, and God alone knows how many as unknown. 
Scores die, hundreds suffer injury and millions fear the unknown for the rest of their lives, but the government and the administration is still guessing, who dunnit?!!
One outfit can outplay the other to create further confusion, and the culprits may never be caught, but our own system must calm nerves by implicating someone, so for all to rest in peace, both the living and the dead, its the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh for now.
So now, the entire focus shifts to those in our country who have immigrated illegally through the north eastern borders and those who have immigrated legally accross all interstate borders within India.
The question is not about who did it legally or who did it illegally. 
The question is about outsiders taking a share of what belongs to the insiders everywhere. 
We have lost sight of what has been going on for the last 70 odd years. 
Forgotten that, had the rest of the world not accepted immigration of labour, brain and the educated from India, we would have been a country with far more frustration and angst than we are today. The entire Indian diaspora which has been applauded for its brilliance and hard work for more than six decades would be homeless and hungry, adding to already existing numbers, because we never had on offer the opportunity to those who left us and went away to make lives, which we are proud of today. 
Today the same syndrome grips us from within and from outside. 
To stop people from gravitating towards places like Mumbai and others, the system has to provide opportunity to them where they are. 
To stop the innocent Marathi Manoos from becoming a ferocious animal guarding his boundaries, infrastructure and development needs to take place at breakneck speed, so that while migrants move into opportune places to make a better life, the lives of those who belong to a better world don't deteriorate. 
To end a process of illegal immigration from Mexico to the USA, the US had to help make Mexico a more developed land, and so, while India boasts of its growth, we have to see that the growth rates of our neighbours like Bangladesh, Nepal and others also improve. 
It is the distribution of development, opportunity and a better world which is uneven, and to see to it that it is evened out is what the job of the government at the centre. 
Instead, the guys at the centre are busy meddling with affairs at the state level, thereby not allowing the guys at the state level to function and obviously ignoring what they themselves have to do.
It really seems like the world is coming to an end because there is nobody, or no system that can control anything.