Posts Tagged ‘faith vs stupidity’

Enter Jihadman

July 27, 2008

…Sleep with one eye open; Gripping your pillow tight; Exit light, enter night…

Metallica rocks. But given a choice, I prefer Tagore’s Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. Operative word: choice.

‘Stop us if you can’, an open challenge. Something you expect an over-confident criminal to say in a second-grade tv series on crime and investigation before they are bashed up by the sleuths. Not so much in real life. Definitely not in a system as complicated as ours.

Let us discount all our notions for a moment and face reality: we are f*****d. I mean, we are supposed to be the ones in the race for superpower and all that. But then, as Calvin put it, reality continues to ruin our lives.

Articles after articles have been written and arguments and counter-arguments provided for all that is wrong with our society. Journalists have criticized the government, inked out sarcastic articles and the government in turn had expressed shock, anger and then condemned the terrorist outfits. The opposition has spoken of the TADA and POTA acts that may have helped with the situation at which time human rights organization rose from its sleep. It is only in the in the interest of sanity that I will not link to any of the above-quoted. But nothing changed.

There is a cycle to all this. I mean, this happens every time we face a threat as the one above – albeit not always so explicitly. Some things never change. In India we are “simpul” people. No, am not claiming we are perfect but definitely we aren’t complicated. We “adjusht maadi” to anything and everything. If we cant, as in the case of the above, we shut the fuck up and go back to our stupid lives.

Neitzsche once said “That which doesnt kill you, only makes you stronger“. For Indians, he would perhaps have edited it thus: “That which doesnt kill you, only makes you indifferent“. I find no other reason why our skins are so thick and why we have zero sense of collective responsibility. And many would like to poke their nose now and ask me what is collective responsibility. I mean responsibility towards the nation – suffrage. Sadly we like suffer-age better.

But what are our choices? A defunct set of morons who would do anything for themselves? I have decided to stop commenting on the drivel served to us in the name of white papers and statements by politicians. I mean, we have a PM who, for the sake of governing, put reforms in the backseat (as ordered by our dear Leftists). A cheap whore in the name of ruling party president who has a (last) name and nothing else. Cabinet ministers who are busy stuffing up cabinets! A fucked up opposition, that is so confused that I am not going to shame myself talking about them. But I have this to say about these morons: I bet the NDA govt could NOT have done any better if they were in power instead of the UPA. Our dear regional parties for whom, India is a map and “bahujan” is priority. Left, well, they are probably the most efficient of the lot – for China, I mean.

Krishna Prasad let this out well in his article on rediff, pertaining to the security system in India. I extrapolate- everything is a joke in India. It is a wonder we still exist! Think what a terrorists’ thought process may be, think of how easy it is for the terrorist to do what he does best in our “free country” and then the real fear will sink in.

There is perhaps nothing much one can do regarding where we stand today. But as a group perhaps we can. Maybe we should, before even as a group we will be rendered useless. But if people have to realize this after listening to me, perhaps they are unworthy of existence in the first place. Stupidity must be declared a crime. Now I wont elucidate on who is “we” and who is “stupid”. For that you will have to dig your own grave.

There must be supremely intelligent people up there – the IASes, the IPSes and the like, not to forget our paanchvi pass mantris. But may I try and offer my 2 paisa on what, according to a poor old graduate, can be done to at least contain the madness we are subject to: This. Last I heard of this, was when NDA was in power – some talk on biometric IDs and all that. But definitely the commies held us by the balls, nothing cholbe-d. I understand that many people do not think that carrying an ID card will make h(n)ot-minded terrorists think anymore but definitely it will make it harder for them. It will make them traceable and Indians in general accountable. It will make it easier for our security infrastructure to operate. We also have to realize that all this will not happen overnight. Let us see if any party brings National ID scheme as an election issue in the upcoming elections. I bet they wont.

One other thing I think we must not do, is lose faith. And I fully understand that is a hard thing to ask Indians to do. But we dont live in the Tagore-land anymore- we never did. We dont have the choice. Gosh, life sucks.

I’m off to never never land…boom!