This is blog is in response to the post published by a fellow blogger titled India Beyond Elections.
The views expressed are solely mine and are from a skeptical point of view. Corrections and Criticism are more than welcome!
Akira Kurosawa wrote the meaning of his film Rashomon in his book Something like an Autobiography(1982):
One Day just before the shooting was to start, three assisting directors Daiei had assigned me came to see me at the inn where I was staying. I wondered waht the problem could be. It turned out that they found the script baffing and wanted me to explain it to them. "Please read it again more carefully", I told them. "If you read it diligently, you should be able to understand it because it was written with the intention of being comprehensible." But they wouldn't leave. "We believe we have read it carefully and we still don't understand it at all; that's why we want you to explain it to us". For their persistence I gave them this simple explanation: "Human Beings are unable to be honest with themselves. They cannot talk about themselves without embellishing. This script portrays such human beings - the kind who cannot survive without lies to make them feel they are better people than they really are. It even shows this sinful need for flattering falsehood going beyond the grave - even the character who dies cannot give up his lies when he speaks to the living through a medium. Egoism is a sin the human being carries with him from birth; it is the most difficult to redeem. This film is like a strange picture scroll that is unrolled and displayed by the ego. You say that you cannot understand this script at all, but that is because human heart itself is impossible to understand. If you focus on the impossibility of truly understanding human psychology and read the script one more time, I think you will grasp the point of it."
My friend points out an interesting and thought provoking word of wisdom by a cynic Bertrand Russell.
Today's problems are because of yesterday's short sighted solutions of the same group of intellects. I dont blame them because to a certain point even their minds and hands are tied infront of the bureaucrats and corporate powerhouses who are the real show runners behind the curtains of democracy.
I beg to differ from the point that "they"(intellectuals? - of yesterday) are NOT to be blame. From the very start of the "Nation-Building" processes - these intellectuals cost us half of Kashmir to Pakistan, something to which our Soldiers are yet defending by their blood and sweat without any sign of remorse, except a few isolated incidents, which are NOT more than negligible. We "chose" the socialistic path where we hardly had any corporate houses, we definitely had "The Temples of New India" and we certainly had a will to become a statesman in the world while turning a blind to the Country of our own. We wishfully rejected the UNSC seat for China(Which also controls another part of J&K and claims the entire region of Aurnachal Pradesh as its own). These "intellectuals" ruled with iron fist and imposed emergency on the freedom loving people of India to save their own klan and fantasies. Betrayed the Country by handing over 90,000+ POW's in response to false "oral" promises. And mind it, this is just the tip of the ice-berg. I would like to quote JRD Tata - without any doubt the oldest and most respected industrialist of India: "My Life has been a constant struggle - never once has any Prime Minister asked me what I thought of the Country's economic policy. In other nation, this would have happened". But then, when we are more than willing to let the "intellectuals" go free without asking for an iota of explanations, which they owe to us, I don't have a word more suitable to the situation than "Hypocrisy"! We opened our economy in 1991 for the record, had we have adopted free market economy at the beginning only, I'm claiming, we wouldn't have been witnessing what we're now.
1.1 THE PROBLEM
If I understand it correctly, my friend argues that all these years we've been beating around in the bush in order to make our selves believe that we're indeed much better position than we really are. Something which the readers might have understood by the opening quote of the introduction of this post. The answer which he quotes was an answer to a cynic NOT satiric question. No sane follower or a analyst of the Politics ever blames the Intelligence Agencies for the mis-deeds which happen in the Country, say a bomb-blast? The Security services are the most complex and dangerous professions; how many times have we heard about a certain sleeper cell being busted? Or an anonymous person being arrested from a somewhere? You'll come across such news, say once in the fifty times of the operation undertaken. Its not that, that I'm trying to defend the Security Forces, but when we get Home Ministers of the level of Shiv Raj Patil, who prefer to match the color of their suits to the watches they wear. They're is bound to be a Public Outrage. Why is it that my friend is trying to seek a middle path when we have none? Why is it that we're deliberately delousing our selves in Psychological understanding of a Nation suffering from the pain of a "Thousand Cuts?" Why is it that we're NOT calling a spade a spade? Where is this political-correctness leading us? What have we lost and what will we lose, if we go on repeating the same mistakes again and again? What have we learned from our history? What were the intellectuals(?) of the past doing for last 60 years that my friend props the question at us: that a farmer has no clue of the fundamental rights given to us by the constitution? Why is my friend contradicting his earlier stance of forgiving the people who've made mistakes without even willing to express that they were indeed guilty of our present condition? And why are we even discussing the corporate houses when we indeed know that we were ruled by psychopathic pseudo-Communists' who've butchered people like us where-ever they've come to power? Where is the question of Rich bourgeoisie controlling the Cabinet? What did the dictatorship of the Proletariat do in USSR, China, Cuba, Cambodia and many other countries? I'd leave the readers to conclude them selves what answers they can produce for my questions.
1.2 THE PROBLEM WITHIN THE PROBLEM
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but not their facts. Wisely said so by someone in the past and quite certainly applies to everyone of us.
Very wise words, indeed. I'm quite amused to see the data presented by my friend: there is also a very amusing line which my friend has typed at the end of it. Let me begin by telling that the data my friend is talking about is actually a "Forward email" - I got the similar one last year. :) - Out of all that, I'd still pick something which caught my eye:
12,539 terrorist-related fatalities
people died in official custody in India over the past 15 years alone is 45,000
You still fear Al-Qaeda and LeT ?
Which year these fatalities were recorded? Which tenure? For the sake this discussion I'm accepting the fact that - Police is brutal, it doesn't care about the suffering of the normal people, and I'm more than willing to accept that the figures here can be more than what my friend has pointed out. Why then, Let And Al-Qaeda aren't just terrorist bodies, they anti-non-Muslims too. They follow a narrow 7th century interpretation of Islam which threatens NOT just the security and the safety of the Nation but also the population as whole. Their Goal is to establish Islamic Theocracy in whole of the world, while suppressing the people of other Religion! How in any one's wildest dreams one should not be worried about the people who're against everyone who's not a Muslim? How can one even think of living without an education? How can people accept a woman covered from head to toe, thinking as she's nothing more than a pleasure machine and can be raped by people if they see her skin, as if men have their testosterone levels sky high? How should people like me and others reading this post not be worried about what lies in store for us, if these terrorists accomplish what they want? How funny is comparison of cold-blooded murderers with a few police personals who settle their personal vendetta against another being?
We have RTI act to answer all of your quires but the fourth point of RBI. I'm sorry to have corrected you here, but unlike popular "Communist Belief" that RBI is a Private Institution, its certainly not. Its been under complete control of Government of India since its Nationalisation in 1949! A Government has to be complete nuts to give their reserve bank in private hands, even the God of Capitalism US - gives power to the President and his cabinet to decide the Board of Governess in Federal Reserve Bank - where it is managed by Private Auditors for maximum Profit.
Hell 80% of the population cant even name 10 basic fundamental rights they have.
I'd love to have the source for this claim, 80%? Quite amusing. Which person/organization surveyed more than 80 crore people? :)
Certainly 20/20 is a good way to pass the time, but reading some facts sometime can be a better time pass. Just a thought! :)
1.3 THE BIG PICTURE
"Zeitgeist Addendum" - Oh my Goodness! I should have read this part carefully, I'd missed it at first, till I decided to read it again. Whole of my hard work would have gone wasted and I would have done something better than writing this blog.
P.S: "Zeitgeist Addendum" : Is a Communist Propaganda with-no-truth-what-so-ever. And as they say: "In fact, one thing that I have noticed . . . is that all of these conspiracy theories depend on the perpetrators being endlessly clever. I think you'll find the facts also work if you assume everyone is endlessly stupid."