Ok, this picture is a repeat, but that is because the picture isn’t important.
I am worried – about vote bank politics threatening to divide youth, threatening to confuse, and corrupt thinking of this country’s tomorrow.
It isn’t about the misplaced morals of the Sri Ram Sene or any other bunch of goons for that matter – it never was. I am concerned about how time and again, we allow the innocent to be murdered for some random ambitious criminal to win elections – only that more recently, it has been possibly more than that. Genocide of generations, murder of the future: Radicalism, extremism, moral policing, Hindutva, Indian Culture, they said?
We are a democracy that has allowed the Babri Masjid to happen, we have allowed Kargil to happen, we have allowed a Godhra to happen, we have allowed a Sikh massacre to happen. The results have always been the same : Elections won.
I am apolitical. I despise the ruling government’s incompetence in protecting human life, and their very shallow fiscal policies. But right now, nothing disturbs me more than the knowledge that Pramod Muthalik is going to win the next election, and possibly even become a minister. Because that was what this was all about, all along, wan’t it? Not pubs, morals, noodle straps or Valentines day.
I am concerned about the larger implications of the venom these people are spewing : The rural-urban, good old have/have-not divide: Distinguished vote banks that can be easily manipulated; Distinguished vote banks that could easily have been this country’s only lasting hope.
We can do little things – like tell them they cannot deter the young spirit, like sending this guy some love (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=74543975648: If you know me in person, you can buy your card and give it to me, else there are instructions on the facebook event). The good thing about little things is that little things sometimes lead up to larger things – like perhaps a social movement to get the judiciary to tame the government, or spending a little time, a little money, and a lot of good will to adopt a rural child’s education: Things that are much simpler done than talked about, Things that will change tomorrow.
I am buying the first Valentine's day card of my life today, and I am awful proud of it.
Peace, and Love – Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!