To India

‘It would be a real injustice to bracket India within the underdeveloped world. It sure, would become a world power very soon. We have sons (and daughters of course) of our soil running things of indispensable importance world wide…’—this is what many of us people think these days…be it the IT industry or our business conglomerates procuring international giants, or the escalating stock markets. But let me have my say. Stated below are three incidents that shattered (yeah, shattered…I’m not exaggerating in any way) my ideas of India growing out of that bracket:-

1. You heard about that couple from Karnal? (Karnal, the place so famous as the hometown of the martyred Kalpana Chawla.) The guy and the girl loved each other. They belonged to the same gotra (clan). And marriage within the same gotra is considered evil. So after they got married, the panchayat got their hands and legs tied up. They were fed pesticides, and thrown away in some river. Pinch yourself, this is true. This is as barbaric as barbaric could be…

2. There was this news about a Muslim couple from somewhere; they had their twenty-third child on the twenty-third year of their marriage. And this is the way the celebrity couple tackle the intense media glare, on their tiny little happy family—children are Allah’s gifts and we don’t have the right to stop them from taking birth. He creates them; he will take care of them. Allah will make your children literate enough to sensible humans? Allah will feed them? No, dear man and woman, He wouldn’t. You should, because you are the unfortunate reason of their worthless existence. Where can ideas like these lead us in time? Only backwards…

3. The news that Lalu took the Indian Railways a long way from being a tattered organization to one profit making empire, felt good. But now they include it in their private property. There is this brother-in-law of Lalu’s. He, asked the Rajdhani Express to pick him up from the platform no.1 instead of platform no.3 because that would be more convenient for him. He delayed the departure of Rajdhani because he was not accommodated in a first class AC or something. He was heard saying “I am Parliament”, what he meant was “I am a parliamentarian”. Never mind. But what the hell was that?

People, you can say India is becoming rich. 8% growth and crap. But I have seen the poor sink into abysmal poverty. Whenever I hear about India shining, one memory comes back to me.

We had been away on a picnic. Our destination was very far. It took us through numerous villages. And just as our bus passed a village, I saw a bunch of four urchins; all of them pitch black, without a thread of fabric on their bodies, jumping in the shower created by the crack in the pipeline. They were gurgling out laughter. They were screaming out ‘bye-bye’ to us…waving to us, till we drowned below their horizon. May be they had eaten nothing since morning. They compel me to think India has a long way to go. We have a long way to go…right?

7 comments:

StandbyMind said...

yes a long way...
Th problem u c is
that the boom n growth isonly confined to certain sectors and to upper middle class..even middle class n upper parts of society..Government isnot doin anythig at root level
1.Poverty?
2.Education?
3.Infrastructure?
nothing!

WHAT'S IN A NAME ? said...

nice blog!

Rashi said...

its sad though but true..and we are nthng but helpless..

nice one !

Parul said...

U meant wat u said!
Thanx... :)

and as for all dat u wrote...it runs deeper dan r casual indulgances into bloggin or chit chatting can fathom...
I've heard a lot of discussions, hav delved a lot into this, heard plenty of explanations...but i hav a nagging feeling dat their's a piece missing in the puzzle...
all dose examples u site, dey've got sme thing to do with the civilization in this part..the way it grew out to b in the circumstances that were presented to it...
I cant imagine Europe this ways even when it was developing...
we r living like insects, if i can dare to spk of the majority...n this i dun just spk of india...i speak of the surrounding areas too...
how i wish i culd put the pieces of this puzzle together! Damn...!

Parul said...

i misspelt my url...sorry!

wildflower said...

aman,
very true, v need an inclusive growth and development...n politicians r to b kicked out!

what's in a name?,
thancss *cough**cough*

rashi,
v r nt xactly helpless...we can change things...convert our lousy words into some action u see, that's all

parul,
and u know, wot the problem is? we are gradually becoming numb to the inefficiency in our society, we r taking the ills in our stride...v gotta stop it man! spread the word!

Ankit said...

i know what ur talkin about.. glad to have read such an outlook which is rare these days.. keep that !!