Just another Republic day!


There is a school going child named Chandrashekhar residing in slums of construction labour besides my hostel. One fine day, he came running towards me and asked for money to buy national flags, the reason being Independence Day. I proudly handed him a 10 rupees note as if I was fuelling some Che Guevara kinda revolution. Hapless me!

He caught hold of me today too. And as I was about to give money to fund his patriotism, there came his point-blank accusation, ‘Bhaiya, itne paise mat dena…pichle baar maine hostel ke gate pe bhi lagaya tha,lekin hostel ke logo ne haath paunchne kel iye flag use kiya..Is baar mai waha pe nahi lagaunga’.  Embarrassingly, I dropped a five rupee coin in his hand and walked off as fast as I could.

Wait…did we seriously need so called historic, good-on-paper Right to Education Law, wherein crores of rupees have been siphoned off every year, before Right to MORAL ETHICS?? Hopelessly tainted officers stacked in bundles detracting money from naïve kids’ Mid-day meal schemes, SSA and textbooks on the very same holy land of altruistic Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule. The real bone of contention as they say is literacy. Agreed. But was there any education right when French novelist Jean Paul Sartre taught himself to read and write. RTE certainly has a brighter side too, making education accessible to interiors of Indian villages where children prefer school for the food they provide. Big shots eat, schools eat and finally if something at all is left, children too eat!

Don’t we need such an education which makes a child sad when the last bell is rung at the end of the day in the school??

‘Republic’ means a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them. Do we even stand near to the definition? Our situation is no different than a thinned out ‘Arab Spring’. Political leaders are like sub-atomic particles unfeignedly following Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle: The very act of observing/judging them changes their observed properties (by changing properties I obviously refer to their degrading conscience which is directly proportional to their ‘experience ’) Hooch, black money, delusive assurances, fake voting, violence,pledges, lashing and back-lashing are some of the peculiar features of the world’s largest democracy. I still fail to understand why ‘voting in public elections’ isn’t our fundamental duty.

Don’t we need such an election wherein citizens vote w’out getting influenced resulting in free and clean competition??

Economic liberalisation, yes we had it long back in early 90’s and we’re bigheadedly drifting towards neo-liberal policies too,opening up OMO’s. But really, are we ready?? Zeroing down the BPL boundary for 1.3 billion based on some representative surveys in a centrally air-conditioned cabin seems like a buttery accomplishment. Yes, our robust elephant is resilient than the fiery dragon when it comes to global meltdown, still why are there so many unfortunates struggling to get two square meals a day?? Textile traders voice against VAT, farmers against FDI..but what about those ignorant ones who don’t even know what day, what month it is..who are nascient about civilised society, forget about rights.

Don’t we need such an economy in which a middle-class mom freely enters a mall and no more dissuades her daughter by saying that the dress won’t look good on her after secretly seeing the price tag??  

A reputed Maharatna firm comes to my college for recruitment. They ask my Biharifriend about national certificates in sports or cultural. He answers in negation.

Interviewer asks again, “Kab tak jugaad sakte ho certificates?”                                                                             Friend truly replies, “Sir..hai hi nahi mere paas.”

Interviewer passes a diabolical, I-know-people-like-you types smile as if trying to say,’naam kharab kar raha hai yeh banda’.

My friend too laughed it off diluting the matter.

Be it Naveen Jindal v/s Govt. of India on showing patriotism or Rabindranath Thakur mispronounced as ‘Tagore’ or the only newspaper of the country  portraying hypocrisy by clinging to strict leftist views but charging people for its e-paper or curbing down ‘Freedom of expression’ so as to please the vote-banks, we have always shown laid-back attitude in tackling quandary.

I’m not some freedom fighter’s grandson trying to prove a point or flaunting my patriotism. I’m just another  you. Yes, even I too gave 50 rupees to traffic police to close the matter, even I too copied in my exams to score higher than my potential and yes, even I too as an urchin stole money from my mumma’s purse to buy a Big-Babool and yes, even I too once raffishly opined: “Yeh desh ka kuch nahi hone wala !!”

Hold on, I’m not going to suggest some typical page-10 editorial stuff as solution to above mentioned situations/ problems. Just close your eyes, take a deep breath and temme how many times have you thought selflessly of others, be it your bf/gf,husband/wife,mom,dad,brother,sister, friends o someone else?? Affirmative. Okay, now temme have you ever thanked flipkart courier guy for bringing your book?? Negation. What the world needs is a bit of appreciation, affection, hope, initiative, respect and most of all, love! Carrying out our duties honestly along with a smooth transition from personal love to universal love is the key solution to everything be it corruption, literacy, poverty, leprosy and what not. And then you’ll start respecting individuals, states, nation, world and this whole fraternity.

If you can create a small difference in someone’s life, don’t forget it is the taking off of a nuclear fission wherein goodness spreads. India, or this beautiful world doesn’t need great scientists, engineers, athletes but we need good humans first who can then paint this earth and colour it with beautiful colours of Humanity and Glasnost.

This one line has made my life much more meaningful,” To be willing to march into Hell, For a heavenly cause”.  (From ‘The Impossible Dream ‘by Man of La Mancha)

Think. Contemplate. Promise. Act. Spread. Share.

Remember the immortal words of Gandhiji: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean ; if a few drops of ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

Really, one ounce of practice is worth twenty thousand tons of big talk!!

 


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28 comments

  1. Sanah · January 26, 2012

    What an eye-opener !
    Being an Indian I could relate to a lot of situations mentioned above.
    I don’t know if you’d agree but this post seems a lot like Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020.
    Nevertheless, I admire your spirit and wish you a very happy republic day !
    Jai hind ! 😀

  2. alphaqsecc · January 26, 2012

    Thanks a ton Sanah…means a lot.
    I’ve read Revolution 2020…but ‘m unable to connect this piece to it.
    Surkh Salaam (Red Salute)…Jai Hind !!!

  3. rohitashaw singh · January 26, 2012

    the satanic verses of maharatna part attracted me a lot..and comprehensively well written i saw it in making….and lastly i want a big-babool….

    • Sanah · January 27, 2012

      Can I get one for commenting on this lovely post ? Big-babool, I mean. 😛 😀

      • alphaqsecc · January 27, 2012

        Sure…why not?? 😉 🙂

  4. alphaqsecc · January 26, 2012

    shukriya…saw it in making 😉

  5. vikas pathak · January 27, 2012

    well i completely agree with whatever you have said/written.

    But there are questions which i have often faced while practicing these acts of “appreciation, affection, ……..,and love”.i would like to share those with you :
    1.There is no krishna in real world.all of us are arjunas.
    2.knowingly or unknowingly we manipulate our conscience.You have your own reasons to cheat in exam and i have my own reasons not to entertain beggars.We are self-righteous.
    3.There are always conflicts within us when it comes to the term-‘practicality’.
    4.i have often come across this thought(and i am sure most of us do)-‘how much of morality’?

    but again,these questions are very introspective in nature.recently read these lines :

    apna apna rasta hai,kuch nahi
    kya bhala hai,kya bura hai,kuch nahi

    after reading gita,some scriptures,practicing and introspection i have come to a conclusion-Our actions should be so oriented that they don’t invoke guilt.Finally,

    “wo sufi ka koul ho, ya pandit ka gyan
    jitni beete aap par, utna hi sach jaan”

  6. alphaqsecc · January 27, 2012

    Well…your comment is like blog on blog!!! 😛
    Sorry, I beg to differ.on krishna part…..Baki sab, ‘Amen….’
    Couldn’t agree more with Kabir and of course you for that doha…

    ‘Maya Mari Na Mun Mara, Mar Mar Gaye Shareer
    Asha Trishna Na Mari, Keh Gaye Das Kabir’

    Again….there is a HOPE that collective mind and maya will die, and tangible body will wake up, rise!!

    you comment has provoked serious discussion…be there at cant…10 am ‘morrow 🙂

    • rohitashaw singh · January 28, 2012

      chhuu lene do naazuk hoto ko, kuch aur nahi hai jaam hai yeh…..
      kudrat ne jo humko jo baksah hai, kuch aur nahi inaam hai yeh….chhuu lene do…!!

      • alphaqsecc · January 28, 2012

        acchon ko bura sabit karna duniya ki purani aadat hay
        iss may ko mubarak cheez samajh mana kay bohat badnaam hay yeh!!

        Ludhianviji rocks…Rafi saab rocks…Thanks for the eargasm..hahaha 🙂

  7. rohitashaw singh · January 28, 2012

    aao yaar kya gaana hai din raat yahi gun guna rha hu mai…..

  8. rajivgupta003 · January 28, 2012

    IT’S EXTRAORDINARY!!!! beautiful comprehensive introspection of humanity and the especial quotes from ” the impossible dream ” has inspired me to devote my life for the mankind……

  9. alphaqsecc · January 28, 2012

    Thats the sweetest comment ever man..Thank you zillion times 🙂
    Mankind needs more people like you 🙂
    Sure, lets not forget plans at CIL 🙂

  10. BANTI · February 3, 2012

    -Good piece of information.

  11. blue_wizard · February 5, 2012

    Hey, you write really well! No wonder why you received the award. I have become your fan! Good job
    Keep ROCKING!

    • alphaqsecc · February 5, 2012

      Hey…Thanks !!!
      Means a lot…yahoo my first official fan 😛

  12. TR · February 15, 2012

    Lets just do our part with dignity and lets hope that the world around us.will be a better place ..!!

  13. DEWANSH · February 16, 2012

    yup, i have thanked the flipkart guy
    also seen the smile on his face in reply 🙂 🙂
    and reaction from my friend, ” whats point in thanking him” 😦 😦

  14. DEWANSH · February 16, 2012

    yup, i have thanked the flipkart guy
    also seen the smile on his face in reply 🙂 🙂
    and reaction from my friend, “it was his duty, whats point in thanking him” 😦 😦

  15. alphaqsecc · February 16, 2012

    Good. A bit of encouragement will certainly one day, make this earth a better place to live in.

  16. RMS · February 16, 2012

    i remember about a chapter we had in our 10th std, about spreading good-will.
    though sometimes i don’t or cudn’t, for whatever silly reason, the words from that chapter echo in my ears all the time.
    and about politics…. present day politics has really opened a great scope for advertising agencies across the country…. when we are taught in the lower classes, the values that, ‘ u don’t need to talk about what we do, it shud just be visible enough’…. Y the need of all the advertises telling what the party did and what it will be doing…. rightly said, a leg in past and a leg in future, hence we pee at our present.

    • alphaqsecc · February 17, 2012

      I’m also able to recollect the chapter…it was on a Taxi driver…think it was named ‘An impossible dream ‘.
      I’m not wasting my words on Indian politics,again!!

  17. RMS · February 17, 2012

    and abhijit (as Indira teacher used to cal u 😛 ), u really were euphemistic while writing this, may be just to keep it readable to readers of all age grps 😛

  18. alphaqsecc · February 17, 2012

    True that manoj, diluted lots of terms 🙂
    Yes, I vividly remember how Indira teacher used to pronounce my name…echoes in my ears even today 😉

  19. Soma Mukherjee · February 17, 2012

    What a piece, thanks for writing this. So many people talk of big scale revolutions and changes but no one ever thinks of the smaller and more powerful steps like standing up for what is right when someone is robbed in a local train or just a small thanks to the person who bought us something,
    I was wrong you are not a good writer …you are brilliant 🙂

  20. alphaqsecc · February 17, 2012

    Soma….this is the most gratifying comment to a new blogger like me !!
    Yes, we need to change small yet significant things…I’m on cloud nine today after that comment 🙂 😀

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