Not in the we

When Varun Gandhi made that speech at Pilibhit, Indian Politics hit a new low. Its a shame that the great-grandson of the late Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, architect of the modern day democracy that India is, has even uttered those words. It goes on to show how politics of hate is ruling the country, irrespective of what party is at helm at the center. That we listen to the crap that politicians like him have to offer is a sign how immature a society we are. Muslims in every nook and corner of the country will disapprove him for his speech as it was anti-muslim but only the (mostly) urban and rational Hindu will condemn it whole-heartedly — and how many would that be? The rest will glorify him and that is very unreasonable and disturbing.

Then there is the Charlie Chaplin statue that has evoked extreme sentiments in Karnataka. Why is the statue not allowed to be erected? Because the comedian was a Christian. Karnataka has started to scare me now. I mean, when were we so intolerant that we decided on our heroes based on their religion? Why does religion decide so many things for us now? Okay, I think there is a little mistake here. The people who decide things based on religion, the netas, leaders, politicians, the sevaks — birds of the same flock these, are not us. They go about doing this because they think they have a certain moral authority which I think comes because of the political power that they possess. The first thing that we, as people who disapprove of these birds of the same flock, can do is stop accommodating them within the realm of us. Stop letting them within the range of we. And then we take away what gives them, what they think is the moral authority that they have. We vote these people out.

2 thoughts on “Not in the we

  1. just out of curiosity, when you vote, do you vote to keep the worse of the two out or because you really believe in what the other stands for?

    i like the photo of the train you have up there. on my last few days in ahmedabad, i was in a rickshaw, on a bridge, over the railway tracks…and a train passed. and silly me, tears filled up my eyes.

    but i will be there in november, don’t you worry :)

  2. Hi,

    Your post strikes a chord because we share the same opinion. I recently had an arguement with a very good friend of mine. Actually it was a dinner conversation which turned to an aggressive debate. My opinion was that India is a secular country and he was bent on saying that India was a Hindu country. All because he disliked people from a certain religion. I was simply taken aback by his arguement because if an educated, refined gentleman like him has such a mind set then where is the hope of reforming the uneducated, educated but uncouth and selfish politicians.

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