Yeah right! we didn’t start the fire.. It was always burning, since the worlds been turning.. But the fire is every growing, thats because we try to fight it with fuel rather than water.
People revolting, war, drugs, diseases, rape, child abuse, murder is what greets us early morning in news… And its nothing new, its been happening since the dawn of civilization. So why do we label ourselves as a civilized society? Which civilized society has its members of parliament who are criminals, and dacoits? Which civilized society allows child labour to flourish, which civilized society allows famers to commit suicide because they cannot repay the ever building loan, and just watch and do nothing? Where children die of malnutrition.. How better off we are from the earlier civilizations which were considered brutal, and which adopted human sacrifice… Human sacrifice still continues according to me.. every day.. every moment.
In India for many people the number one criteria is getting food, and drinking water. How does one elect a good politician in this case. Omar Abdulla had once said, we don’t cast our vote, we vote our casts, and as rightly even pointed out by Nandan Nilekani in his book “Imagining India”, these people will always vote a Yadav, or a Sinha or whatever cause they can in a hope to get the basic necessity as simple as a ration card (for subsidised govt rates for rice etc). Which political and electoral system, allows politicians to give out free TVs before the election, and promise free liquor for as long as they are voted. How can our country be run by the biggest crooks the nation has to offer. Which rational political system allows the party heads to run like a mini monarchy regime, where the heads who inherit the power are not voted but understood to be the next in line, based on bloodline. Why does it seem to be the general consensus that the son/daughter will also be a good politician. How many inventions has Einsteins children done?
Our government spends so much money on so many sectors, why not more on Judiciary system. Why do we have so many cases pending, why no build enough courts to ensure swift justice, why is every case not a rapid case. Judiciary is an important part of the backbone of the system. Getting justice is a fundamental right, and today this system is flawed. We must ask for this, demand it. Its no good having a tough military when the system is weak inside. As a common man, I would not try to pursue a case only because I know trials are delayed. And its not only that. Justice is denied too. The Jessica Lal case is a fact. When I saw the exposure on the TV, I could not help but wonder, was this system the people who really struggled for our freedom sought after. Kill a bartender if you don’t get your drink, pay the right people and be scot free. Sounds more like the wild wild west movies I have seen. Why did political parties not move in to help. Rather its only when people revolted, steps were taken to give the dead soul of a young lady justice.
This youtube video (and the parts that follow) of Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan speaking at a conference is a must see for every Indian. I love his points and his views.
This snap is of my friend Ransley, he wanted one with the lighter and the flame.
50mm, 1/100 sec at f/1.8, ISO 100