Wednesday, December 19, 2012

OF WHORES AND PROSTITUTES?...

Lets face it.
We're a banana republic, a puppet democracy.
We're spineless, we're hopeless.
We want popularity at any cost, even if it means when compromised with murder, brutality, regression and anarchy.
We want power at the price of abdicating responsibility.
We want money if it means we create distressing scenarios' for the rest of those who belong to this world, those other than our community and families.
We want to let the poor remain poor, and we want to grow the middle classes but ensure that along the way their upward trot, they remain muzzled and silent fearing loss of what they have so painstakingly earned in their lifetimes.

Lets get it right, we have lost our morality, our values and we stink.
We stand by Khap Panchayats for vote banks, we support crime for coalesce.
As a polity we are failed and will remain so for many generations to come because we are nepotists and we don't give a damn about how people who think, perceive us because they don't count and their voices will never be heard.
We control the media, we control fiction, we control reality with policy and our money and we have a hand in every pie cooking and will see to it that it be garnished with what works best for us, whether anybody likes it or not.
We stand united when we wish, and oppose each other as and when we need to pull wool over peoples eyes, so that things ignited get doused when we want and things quiet, erupt as and when we believe they should.

Make no mistake that we're the usual suspects you see on television and yes, we have all appointed spokespersons who will speak to you on our behalf because we want to remain nameless and faceless and we know that you can say or do nothing about it.
The Minister of Law will speak to you even if the issue is pertinent to the department of sports and the Home Minister will appear if we so deem fit, when we are talking about the development of women and children.
It is all subject to their availability and therefore it is our prerogative because we really don't care about what you in your cosy little apartments and homes, cuddled on your couches, think about us.

A dialogue from the recent film, written by Reema Katgi and Zoya Akhtar, Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and Directed by Reema Katgi, a film called Talaash haunts me, when Kareena Kapoor, playing the part of a prostitute tells Aamir Khan, the cop, that how can we disappear when in reality we don't count, how can those who don't exist, not be ever found.

That is the state of the nation.
We are all whores and prostitutes because we have sold ourselves to this politics for a livelihood, for shelter and for the food that we feed our children.
Only those who appear on television every other day, who are seen regularly in futile arguments and debates in newsrooms every night, count, and that also because they shield the real culprits who hide behind them and make merry while the rest of the country goes to seed.

From traffic to education, health services to shelter, the list is endless and everything has gone to seed.
And therefore law and order.

What the hell is going on?
Why are we allowing ourselves to be treated this way?
How dare they do this to us?

Who are these men who had the audacity to pick up a young girl and boy in a privately run vehicle and commit such a heinous crime, a dastardly act that has left the young girl battling for life and to remain scarred forever if she survives it, and her young escort beaten to pulp?
Why was that bus plying the roads at a time when public transport should have been available to every citizen in the city in full force?
Why is public transport not available in this country to match the size of its population?
Who is responsible for that?
Is policy deliberately tampered with to allow private players into the fray for them to make hay while the sun shines?
Is that why every city in India is infested with auto rickshaws, tempos and two wheelers which follow no rules and which get licensed in the same corrupt manner in which they find existence.
Did the corporates manufacturing those bumblebees not know that they could have supported the Government to push its public transport agenda instead of finding opportunity in there and quietly slipping its own agenda in, to make a fast buck.
There is no social consciousness, no sense of responsibility anyone in position of power in this country has, because all are tied in with each other in one way or another.

Why is the media not going out there and bringing on the real people who are responsible for the crime which was committed two days ago?
Why are the Commissioner of Police, the State Transport Department, the local players who should be made to face the viewers, missing in action on screen?
Why are the spokespersons of the two national parties, the ruling and the opposition doing the needful?
Why are celebrities talking?
Why are all those people doing the talking, in the newsrooms, in the discussions, who should be talking a few days later, if at all?
What is it that the media, politicians are scared of today?
That their complicity will be exposed?
That if the enforcers on the ground, the ones who actually implement the law will reveal the truth that they are unable to do their jobs with authority because they are afraid of being transferred or of being penalized for executing their powers?
Will they be forced to stay silent like the rest of us, because they don't count as much as we don't?

Time has come to end the rhetoric!
We will not, and should not take things lying down anymore!
Let's understand, that if we do not raise our voice now, we will be slut ting it out forever!
If we do not insist, yes absolutely insist that every single candidate, standing for elections in 2014 is qualified to a minimum degree of requirement, if we do not make mandatory, that a man or woman with a criminal track record in present or in past, cannot contest, what kind of a world will we be creating for our children, our next generations?

Let every single candidate be on national television in the lead up to the elections starting now, and face the people of India, answer legitimate questions and present to the country why they think they deserve to be elected.
Let there be follow up after the elections to see if those who promised lived up to their words or not.
Let those who did not live up to their words, be shamed.
That is the role for media to play.

Modi wins or Congress, let that be information provided on tickers at the bottom of television screens. Let cricket belong the sports channels and not become prime time debate just because it is the anchors' passion!
Let cinema belong to its pages and its screen space.
End these painstakingly boring discussions on everything other than the real issues.
Why are children dying of malnutrition, hunger and disease?
Why is there so much filth on our streets?
Why do we have to live with substandard facilities in every walk of life?
Why are women not safe in this country?

Get down to business newsrooms and bring on each and every member of parliament one by one, and let him or her expose themselves, for their good or their peril.
Let not a single television series come on air which erodes values and perpetuates nonsensical dramas in which women remain the worst enemies of women.
Let no film, in humor or in all seriousness, reach the screens which idolizes men who chase women in the most uncouth fashion and objectify them.
Let not those item songs prevail, which titillate the frontbenchers who are neither educated, not socially conditioned to understand what to do with their dicks when they rise.
India cannot afford this for some years to come!
India has to repair itself, heal and recondition itself with inclusive agenda's by forming strong communities which make its people belong.
India has to reconcile with itself!
 

2 comments:

rajiv said...

we are not unknown to these pointed out paradoxes.but we all have a king in our inside which do not believe in live and let live.so we like to live by killing others.whole world is improving.now countries are being packed with houses better than kings palaces and mansions without the help of servants,slaves and courtiers.double speak and masked faces with swiss money shall not change the scene.

ENERTIA said...

We cannot be By-Standers. We Must Act at least Within our Vacinity.Gandhiji made the "3-Monkeys". Remember he did not Call them "The Three (Wo)Men"? So we need to correct our perceptions and interpretations as we continue to blame Gandhijis 3-monkeys and behave like them as the Great Man forewarned us of this behavioral disaster long-time back.Let us be Gandhiji's (Wo)Men and Transform India.Prof.A.G.Iyer,profagiyer@gmail.com,09223207245