United States Declaration of Independence explains the “right to revolution” and I quote from the artifact
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Which I translate in its simplest form (from National Treasure) – If there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action. This can also be re-phrased as “With great powers come great responsibilities” (Spider-man).
I completely agree with all what has been said here, yet we see a society which is so messed up. We see people who do nothing they sit on the sidelines and talk about what can be done to make improvements. I am as messed up as much as others are. We wait for messiah to come along to fix things for us. Anna Hazzare’s campaign is the most current case of where we have waiting for someone to come and fight our fight. And then Anna himself quoted in Janta Ki Adalat that he wants to stay out of politics “I want to stay out of the Mud”. We all want to use others to fight for us.
On Sunday, I was watching the movie No One Killed Jessica; everyone in India would know of the case who lived between 1999 and 2006 would know of the case. Jessica Lal was murdered in 1999 and for 7 years the accused were released because of “reasonable doubt”. Somehow even with 300 witnesses, the accused walked free. Amazing how things can turn out in a society where people who are trusted to upheld the Law do just the opposite.
The biggest talking point of Indian Society (Delhi in specific is women safety). I stumbled upon this response which is so beautiful written. For many times, we have been debating upon what girls wear, when we should be talking about the bastards who do heinous things. Once again, I quote:
You focus on raising a son that you can confidently send to a party even if you think that you will die if he inappropriately touches a woman and I’ll focus on raising a daughter full stop.
In recent times, everyone has been condemning Congress for their deeds. It were us who got them elected into power in 2009, for a second successive term. It was us, who elected the opposition who are no way better and in elections in 2014 it will be us who will vote them into power. The whole system is screwed and yet all we want is to fight “the corruption”. I consider myself a common man with responsibilities to feed my family and provide them a good life – and sometimes when I think of doing things to leave this life and go serve the nation and fix things, I am left asking myself “What good is my Karma serving my nation and leaving my family to fend for themselves?”. And yet, I can provide my support when men like Anna Hazare take on the villains of our society, but I know in my heart that there is another ulterior motive or else who can movements like those fizzle out in under a year.
Our society is terribly messed up and we are heading towards a melt-down. Sooner or later, there will be a revolution when the minorities – not caste, not religion but all those who suffer will loose their patience and will rise in union to overhaul the current system we have. The greater the Evil, the greater the Good – it is only time when masses of people will rise to uphold what is right and it will be marred with blood in hope that the world there on will be a better one. A fellow blogger posted about why he likes politics. His post is interesting and in the most uncanny manner highlights that if we want to fight anything we should first fight the evil in us. If we are ready to suffer the pain of our righteous decisions then “corrupter’s” will be left no option but to do their job. In recent times, we have been taught that with “bribe” we can get anything we want easily and we do not want to wait. We do not want suffer the consequences of our decisions even if they are right (me included). And then, we want people like Anna to fight for us. So convenient!!
Until, then lets continue to boil this Ocean of Emotions, one day we would have done enough to generate the heat that is needed.
- ‘Most young adults clueless about nation’s history’ (thehindu.com)
- Open Letter to Anna Hazare (asrartheone.wordpress.com)
- Why I “Like” Indian Politicians and Hate Lokpal (ramblingego.com)