To be or not to be… an ostrich?


I have only to pick up any daily in India and I find myself a host of things to fume about. Today it’s the shooting in Baramulla, a statute of an alleged rapist set up in Chhattisgarh with tax monies, and a CAG report on mishandling of loans to deserving farmers. Each day I add more and more to my fume list and I wonder what can be done about it.

There are key areas which can help a nation move forward, where no compromise should be entertained. Education of our youth, and their socialization is one key area that has been severely neglected despite it being on the agenda. Were the powers that be today born corrupt? Were our rapists and our killers-on-payroll born with a desire to be the way they are?

Do you think the police force is corrupt? Do you think politics is rife with unscrupulous babus? Do you think our lawmakers uphold and care about the law or the aam aadmi?

Evil exists. Ignoring it won’t make it go away.

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors – Plato.

The fact is that for too long we Indians, perhaps the proud ones, have left the difficulties and challenges of rule to those who we may think are lesser than us. We have abdicated our responsibilities and now are faced with the consequences of our choices.

So will you be an ostrich?

One response to “To be or not to be… an ostrich?

  1. I think it is hard to define for yourself a political role always, but I think you can.. even as a writer, an educator, etc. know where your place is with your country and what it does, or says, or teaches, or sings about… what you give importance to etc. I think politics is just knowing that your choices have further reverberations, and acting accordingly. It’s also about representation, that you as an individual are the representation of a political community – be it a lobby group, or a pressure group, or a category in a statistic (female/male, NRI / Indian / OBC etc. etc.). So it is knowing that what you do, or say, can be taken as representative of that group, and again how can you use that positively?

    Thank you for the thought-provoking piece.

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