India, narendra modi, politics, Uncategorized

We don’t want a leader, we want a Superhero….

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Here comes the superman, ripping down the sky with his supersonic speed. stopping the meteorite with his one hand while punching an alien with another and finally destroying another dozen meteorites with his laser vision. In this very fraction of second he saves the little girl and grandma from being hit by the crazy bus and finally ends his day by saving a blue eyed cute kitten who was helplessly stuck on a tree. what a fella.

Enough is enough. Now I don’t believe in the current governing system, I don’t believe in this hierarchy of politicians, ministers and cabinets. I want change as I believe that a system of politicians cannot bring the desired change. I know that the change may be ugly and scary initially but eventually will do the “greater good”. I WANT A SUPERHERO.

This above paragraph explains to an extent, the reason why people have voted for current government and might vote for the same in the future as well. We can feel that in our day to day discussions with the people backing up the current party, as they have got a superhero. Yes, a superhero, who is so authoritative that he doesn’t need anyone to do good. He alone has the authority to bring the change. A robin hood who will take from the rich and give to the poor. A messiah who will save people from any or every hardship. This liberator has every answer from agriculture to healthcare, global warming to quantum physics. An all knowing, hearing, watching, leader.

My agenda is not to disparage somebody’s potential, the point is, is it right to believe in such an ideology, a superhero ideology? The question we need to ask ourselves is that who is a better leader? A leader who claims to be a superhero and fools’ people to accept him/her as a god who knows all, sees all and helps all. Or a leader who listens to your questions and accepts that he doesn’t know the answer, but he works hard to find the answer and the solution for it. A righteous and rational leader believes in his team which is competent in their respective fields and works hard with them to reach a final resolution. A sane person knows that only the expert can bring effective solutions to definite problem.

Right now, our country is facing this issue where people are duped into thinking that they don’t need a system to solve any problem. They just need a Superhero leader, one answer to every question. This is against the logic when we are talking about a nation. A nation so big which has a new language, new culture, different foods and even different looking people every 500 kms. We need a system, a collective effort by different, able people and leaders to bring a solution which is in line with the needs of everyone. Vigilantism and authoritarianism are not that different from each other if we take a deeper look. Both isms represent the death of democracy and hence the need to take law in their own hands to deliver justice to people. We are caught in these comic book ideologies and we long for a superhero. I remember Sunny Deols “Deva ki Adalat” whenever I hear about mob lynching, where the superhero is the jury, judge and the executioner himself. They don’t need the law to punish the culprit, as they are themselves the law.

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Its really funny the way the words are being used and pondered over and over again. the vocabulary games have made people blind. People are getting so much interested in terms that they have forgotten the real meaning behind the words. We can take the example of Arab Israel Conflict, the crazy dictionary mongers have made this whole scenario so alien from the reach of most of the people by just using so many words for a single situation or event or massacre or situation or occupation or conflict… (see…this happens when you play with words 😛 ). The cherished vault of words consist of terms like, Jewish, anti Jewish, Semite, anti semite, Zionist, Antizionist, Israel lovers and haters. I am so damn sure that , around 70% of the people dont even know the meaning of these words.And then come the people who are considered to be an intellectual class and they advise to use words like “Arab Israel Conflict”. My heart just bleeds from pain when i see intelligent and influential people wasting there time in just advising people to use the correct vocabulary for correct things. It sucks….

Why the hell you are worried about the vocabulary or anything. Discuss the matter ,,damn it….!!!!!. We cant waste our time in thinking about the vocabulary all the time. Read the conflict and about the sufferings of Palestinians and the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israelis. Once you are done with the reading, just stand up and get the word out. I know you have great command over the language,

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Crowned Slaves

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Sometimes I wonder it’s the same country which once Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of. Our country, India known for its biggest democratic system and versatile population still begs for answers, answers to questions we fear to ask. I just open my eyes and see a beautifully decorated concep

t of democracy everywhere, but when it comes to actual democracy, the nation fails miserably. I a

m not talking here about the big statistical figures and data which compare our country to other nations and finally prove that we are doing fine. When I see around, I don’t see “fine”. I see failure of the system as a whole.

One of the eminent books written by Mahatma Gandhi is “Hind Swaraj” published in 1909. In the book he mentioned reasons and solutions for the Indian misery. As he quotes “…It is Swaraj when we learn to rule ourselves. It is, therefore, in the palm of our hands. Do not consider this Swaraj to be like a dream. There is no idea of sitting still. The Swaraj that I wish to picture is such that, after we have once realized it, we shall endeavor to the end of our life time to persuade other to do likewise. But such Swaraj has to be experienced, for each one for himself. One Drowning man will never save another. Slaves ourselves, it would be mere pretension to think of freeing others…..”

In this book, Gandhi Ji mentioned many problems at that time i.e. 1909, when our country was being ruled by Englishmen. The problems were related to Education, Railways, Advocates and advocacy, health system and doctors etc. The fact which I came through was painfully shocking after seeing that the basic problems before the freedom and now are not different. The change is just, the people who were ruling us. Before 1947, we were ruled by British and now the place has been taken by some of our own. At the time of British rule, rich were getting good education, healthcare, security and the poor were deprived of the same. Indian rich class was as comfortable then as now. The poor were dying of hunger, no healthcare and poverty and the scenario is no different now. We don’t need to compare ourselves to countries like Somalia, to boast that we are doing well; we just can compare the metropolitan cities, which are few in number to the vast majority of rural India, to know the discrepancies in terms of economy, healthcare etc.   Obviously, things have changed, but have they changed to an extent of utmost satisfaction?

As Mahatma Gandhi said “…One Drowning man will never save another. Slaves ourselves, it would be mere pretension to think of freeing others…..” The point to contemplate is what nature of slavery is being discussed here? Is it the literal “master and slave” slavery or the slavery of opinions? If it’s the literal slavery then why our situation hasn’t changed since the freedom of our country? The current shape of the nation clearly describes about the form of slavery we all live in. ”The slavery we don’t know about. The slavery which has crept into our lives and our hearts and we dread questioning it coz we fear the consequences. The slavery which not only impedes us to act on which is right and wrong, but also stop us to even mention it from our tongues. It’s time we ask ourselves questions, the answers to which the nation demand. The answers to which we know but pretend as we don’t. It’s time to do the right thing…..

Syed Danish

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