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The fast unfolding Indian Tragedy…..

April 25, 2017

Greetings,

This via a post on FB, written by a gentleman named Vistasp Hodiwala….

Well put and bravely said…. nothing to add really….

India has entered its darkest hour post Independence. I have no qualms in admitting that the task of coping with this new, violent, bigoted, intellectually dishonest and largely indifferent India that has become an apologist for unconstitutional and indefensible acts and experiments that has knocked the stuffing out of everyone who has believed for so long in the virtues of a morally just and modern nation-state, the way our founding fathers envisaged it to be…is going to be nothing short of gargantuan.

Surely, everything wasn’t right, rosy or reasonable even before 2014, but yet, there was an abiding semblance of faith in the self-healing properties of our constitution, there was the sense that despite everything, we the people, can summon up enough stamina to challenge what’s not working and fix or throw out those who are ill-suited to wield the reins of power; that if all of us just speak up against systemic injustices at the right time and challenge the official narrative from time to time, there is a fair chance that the rulers can be shamed into embarrassment or at least discredited.

While that might still happen, the fact that millions and millions of people have bought into the hardcore anti-Muslim bigotry of this party is what makes this task a lot more onerous for regular citizens like us.

Unlike Congress, they cannot and will not be booted out by mere administrative failures. They have to fail and fail colossally on multiple fronts, and along side that, the vast majority of Hindus have to have an epiphany of sorts, a mass self-realisation as to why religious fundamentalism is not an answer to the country’s ills. Until that happens, I am afraid the BJP will be near-impossible to dislodge.

Because when gau rakshaks kill or hurt innocents, we will be reminded of the metros they are building. When Bajrang Dal makes life hell for Muslims we will be reminded of Swachch Bharat. And on and on it will continue…

They do this because they know they have the mandate, not just to govern but also to further the unsaid agenda that people voted them in for.

India has entered its darkest hour post Independence. And it remains to be seen where the ray of light that is going to set things right will emerge from. For most of us, without a doubt, have been displaying the mental agility of a befuddled moron in the face of a raging fire that threatens to engulf and consume us all.

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  1. April 25, 2017 6:19 pm

    I have been thinking of you often over the past few months, and wondering how you are faring since demonetization. Thank you for this glimpse into life in today’s India. Blessings to you in this dire time, and thank you for shining such a bright light.

    • April 26, 2017 6:19 am

      🙂 Well that makes two of us Susanne, I’ve been thinking of you as well. It was good to see your post on the Hedge, I sensed you were BACK. Yes, weird times all around eh? 6 years ago’s world seems benign in comparison! How is the farm? The Fam? The Sail-ship? Big hugs to you!

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