The Indian political scene will always be a conversation starter in every household. When face painted bahus and katharnak sasumas fail to amuse, one flicks the channel to the loud, wrathful tones of Arnab Goswami and the puffy, red faced politicians sharing screen space with him. The Government did this. The Government did that. Inflation, the nation’s worsening state, corruption, economy, religion, poor infrastructure and your husband’s infidelity- it’s all the government’s fault.
We, as a nation, exist today in a state of lazy restlessness. We are ready for the world to change, we are eager to see those money eating bastards go to jail already, ready to shout slogans and gather in hordes and skip work but we are not ready to get off the couch to contribute two hours to social welfare, not ready to give money to those who need it and not ready to fight harder than the next man. What’s the point? The government’s got machinery and people for that kind of extra-occupational matters. We’ve got to work hard and get a job and make money, money, money. Paise seh duniya chalti hai bhai. Aaj kal bhalayi ka zamana kaha? Itna hi shauk hain to jayoh na Benaras, pahan lo lungi aur ban jayo saadu.
India is a developing country. India is the fastest growing economy in the world after China and India’s got one of the largest armies on the planet. India is also a country of mediocre men who only preach hypocrisy and judgment and religious intolerance. The decent sort tend to run away to other countries.
Isn’t it time to look beyond the little universes we’ve built around us? Isn’t it time to burst the bubble? Isn’t it time to mean what we say and stand by what we believe?
So next time you’re sitting in the car and eating oranges, stop your friend from throwing the peels outside on the sidewalk like his father is the Maharaja of Hindustan. Don’t urinate out in the public. Be kind to your country.
Start small. But do start, nonetheless. Don’t just sit. For god’s sake, don’t just sit there.
And oh, I nearly forgot. Stop blaming the government.