India will be the next Shanghai. If I hear this again, I’ll leave my fist on the face of the person making this statement. *Ok-In my head, I will*
Randomly, my head reels back to Rahul Gandhi’s statement after the Mumbai blast when he shamelessly announced how population explosion in India handicaps the government from stopping blasts.
China has controlled their population and kept their promises of building a nation at par with other super powers. The country in the truest of sense has blinding lights that leave you awestruck. The government might be autocratic but they’ve done a phenomenal job with reforming *at least* the infrastructure of the country.
Our infrastructure is in shambles. The life of our people is cheap. Danger lurks every corner. Conning and cheating is a way of life. Disrespecting people is considered smartness. Wrong- is the accepted norm.
The other day I saw a man lying unconscious in the middle of the road outside Dadar station with nobody to attend to him. Still worse, nobody was even stopping to look at him. The sight of that man lying unconscious in the middle of the road, in heavy rains, with hundreds of people carelessly walking past him, shook me.
Such apathy. Disturbing. Very Disturbing.
Every year rains lash across the economic capital of the country turning it into a large pool. This phenomenon is amusing. Half an hour of heavy rains is all it takes to press the pause button to normal life in Mumbai.Pause.
After visiting Japan, the thought of this pause makes me sad. If they could bounce with such intensity and build back their empire after such huge calamities hitting their country, why can’t we even set the basics right? Basic minimum; is that too much to ask for?
The dirtiest part of Singapore, also referred to with a warning for personal safety, happens to be Little India.
Thailand spews disgust at the mention of Indian men and treats them with such disdain that we turned red in shame at the scene.
Is this all a mere coincidence?
Or are these dots connecting each-other to the basic fault in our people capital?
A country that keeps boasting of culture and ‘unity in diversity’ can top charts for explosions. Culture is all we can attempt to boast of and in my opinion even that has become dilute and turned into a mere barrier for progress. Culture is getting lost in a mesh of castes and religions. Devoid. Empty. Meaningless.
When it comes to using our voting rights, we shy away from using it on the pretext of all politicians being corrupt, accepting that the system will rot irrespective of who comes into power. We have no faith in our basic integrity, values and principles. I use “we” and “our” because as citizens “we” refuse to trust or even try to build on that trust on “anyone amongst us”.
Isn’t it ironical that a country so loud on ‘expressions related to faith’ has such faithless citizens?Faithlessness
Is it because we’re high on ego but low on self-esteem? We like being a part of the grand picture, emulating others and turning into cheap imitations but refuse to gather our basic principles and build on our foundations right? Our individualities are sublimated, no?
Is it because once culturally rich India; turned that richness into staunchness and dogmatic practices to such an extent that the system which was meant to structure the society- actually shook its very foundation? The caste distinctions that were meant to help plan and build the social set-up into Philosophers, warriors, business-men and workers actually shook our very roots? The structure was used by stupid, low on principles- high on ego individuals for suppression and forced traditions that became a meaningless way of life.
Individuals meant to find their place for themselves in the social structure-following their inner calling are forced to fit into the breed they are born in. What else are such individuals expected to turn into? Individuality is a silent taboo in our society.
Note- Individuality. A Silent taboo
From a hawk-eyed perspective, India’s problem percolates deep in its psychology. This beautiful woman has collective energy that's conflicting and negative. People have degrees but are uneducated. Our policy makers are rotten and their inadequacies and insufficiencies are taken for granted.
Maybe what we need is a leap of faith, in someone.
Someone who has enough might to break away these caste and religion barriers.
Someone who has the might to follow and encourage people to follow their inner calling.
Someone who’ll shatter meaningless dogmas and biases, bring meaning to the structure ancient India rightly boasted of and lead us to the road we’re looking for.
Lead us all- To the road yet travelled…..