Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What Happened This Morning...

Ah, that was a ploy to arrest the reader, since my return no one seems to be paying me any attention. There I had the Goddess in all her finery adorning the top of the page and not so much as a 'welcome back' or a 'good show' in the comments section. I know it is mean of me to always call upon 2b's momma but my mind naturally flows to her and she has not updated her blog for long so must be busy. Well nothing much happened this morning other than the mite declaring "aamar school peyechhe" (difficult to translate but loosely, I am feeling like schhool, in the same manner as we say I am feeling hungry or I am feeling like going to the toilet!). That reinforces my diagnosis that school is in for him.

Have been following in horror the escapades of Raj Thackeray and his marauding hordes- and was amused to see the BJP spokesperson madam Swaraj condemn 'jatiatavaad' or some such big Hindi word that holds no meaning for the poor teeming millions. Madam your party is based upon the hatred of the 'other', she means to say that it is ok to hate the Muslims but it is inimical to the well being of her vote bank if a war breakes out between the Hindus of one state and the other. After all Raj's hordes were propped up to counter the hordes of the Shiv Sainiks who essentially serve the same purpose but have to limit their attack on alleged Bangladeshi refugees who are Muslims- Raj has a broader base his gang can bash up any non Marathi! Both groups are mentally ill as Lalu so rightly says. Mumbai is not the ancestral property of the Marathi manoos the city is what it is due to the combined effort of all those that call it home. Due to this unrest the city's peace and prospertity will be the only casualty (other than that of the hapless youth who died in the attack). Slowly but surely the prosperity of the city is bound to be affected and Raj might find himself in the position of poor Mamata Bannerji who has brought doom to industry in Bengal for the sake of her own political motives.

Another thing that troubles me and is a result of our colonial past is the use of public transportation to express personal angst! Why do the propestors have to vent their anger on trains and buses and in the process harm the interests of the common man whom they themselves represent? In colonial times the railways signified the domination of the alien government. Fecilitating the movement of troops and arms and British goods it was a symbol of domination so if the freedom fighters attacked it, it can still be justified. I am sorry to say that in the 60 years of independence we have failed to find an alternative means of protest! I remember that we had to travel for days in the biting cold on the University specials whose windows had been broken by those who claimed to oppose the Mandal commission. I bet political goons did that and did not spare a thought for the common student who will have to use those buses later! I supported the anti-Mandal commission battle but I would not go around breaking DTC buses, would I? Look at the havok the Gujjar's wreaked? Who suffered the most? The common man, whose trains were late or delayed or scrapped! Now the Biharis are setting fire to the country's trains and piling more injustice on an already unjust situation. Will burning trains keep Raj T in jail? Why can't they burn candles? burn agarbattis in a public place. Hold dharnas, and silent marches, stage street plays etc...do things that the people can suport and at the same time feel empathy with. This is crazy, they beat us so we will burn trains! Lalu, what do you have to say to that, huh?

4 comments:

Rohit said...

We, being Indian, don't believe in social responsibility,and I think this is the root of the problem.

diya said...

Rohit, we are also Indians, it is the politicians who do not stop at anything. Do you think the ordinary marathi manoos would beat up the boys much as Raj thackeray would have us believe.It is the goons who have been trained by Raj and indoctrinated by his party. I remember during Mandal there was a goonish representative from the congress who acted like a leader and was leading the small group assembled outside our college. This guy clearly could not belong to any college and was shouting cheap slogans calling VP Singh names. Slogans that I and my friends were very uncomfortable with. This character later disappeared when the Mandal recommendations were pushed through by the same cong that had opposed it!

Rohit said...

Definitely Diya, we are Indians. But how many politicians (i even don't expect from them), Social Workers (so called....) from Raj's Marathi-land opposed his rampage. Its not possible for a common man to avoid arrest even after a simple street fight, and he is roaming around with his own army of Goondas.Shame on our weak police and judicial system, they don't have enough back-bone to lock these Goondas up.
And let me tell you a very interesting fact.... Elections are around the corner, and no one can predict how many seats Shiv Sena and MNS together will get..... But there's one thing I can predict, People of Maharashtra are going to provide them a major role in government formation....
Who's to blame? We are Indians....

2 B's mommy said...

Well come back Diya ! Loved the pic of Goddess Durga in all her finery, loved the pics of mite ready to go to school and so happy to hear that the Brat is doing her homework by herself...dont worry about her reading, she will eventually get interested when her friends would talk about and discuss books they are reading.

You are right, last few days have been really busy with quite a few assignments due, office work, housework, hubby's birthday, Diwali party at my place, then actual Diwali, Diwali festival organised by Indian Community and on and on and on....

About this post, well, I have given up on politicians in general and the Indian public in particular, who destroy the public properties in the name of protests - its totally beyond my understanding. In my 12 years in NZ, I have never seen a single such incident of protestors torching a bus/train but I have seen many peaceful marches and the inboxes of national newspapers getting flooded with angry mails which had on several occasions, made the government take back its proposed bills. There is lot of vandalism where teenagers destroy/graffiti public properties like bus shelters etc but then that is tackled by police and there are heavy penalties if they get caught. But these are moslty teenagers doing stuff to vent out their energy or trying to be cool or someone high on drugs unlike India where the general adult public goes on smashing/burning the public transport (thats paid by their own tax money )at the drop of a hat - totally beyond me.