"Most of the shouting of the last few days is little more than personal catharsis through public venting. The fact is the politicians has been doing what we have been doing, and as an uber Indian he has been doing it much better. Watching out for himself, cornering maximum resource, and turning away from the challenge of the greater good.तहलका के ताज़ा अंक में तरुण तेजपाल की तक़लीफ़ी समझ का समूचा निचोड़ यहां पढ़े.
The first thing we need to do is to square up to the truth. Acknowledge the fact that we have been made a fair shambles of the project of nation-building. Fifty million Indians doing well does not for a great India make, given that 500 million are grovelling to survive. Sixty years after independence, it can safely be said that India's political leadership- have badly let down the country's dispossessed and wretched. If you care to look. India today is heartbreak hotel, where infants die like flies, and equal opportunities is a cruel mirage.
Let's be clear we are not in a crisis because the Taj hotel was gutted. We are in a crisis because six years after 2,000 Muslims were slaughtered in Gujarat there is still no sign of justice. This is the second thing the elite need to understand- after the obscenity of gross inequality. The plinth of every society society- since the beginning of Man- has been set on the notion of justice. You cannot light candles for just those of your class and creed. You have to strike a blow for every wronged citizen."
Sunday, December 7, 2008
हम सबक लेंगे?..
इस बुरे वक़्रत में अच्छी बात यह हुई है कि हर तरफ़ झांक-झंकाई, आत्ममंथन का सिलसिला शुरु हो गया है. इस अंतरंग अंदरूनी उथल-पुथल से समाज ने सबक क्या पाया होगा यह तो ठीक-ठीक हम अगले चुनाव के नतीजों में देखेंगे, फ़िलहाल इस झांक-झंकाई के वृहत्तर कलाइडिस्कोप के अलग-अलग रंग पकड़ते चलें. ज़रा ग़ौर फ़रमाइये: