Make it Matter

In the mix of emotions that gripped the city for the last three days, one emotion stood out bold.

Anger.

I am hoping for another emotion to stand out high, in the days to come.

Fear.

It is the almost stupid bravado of this city that is cause for the repeated assaults on this city. Fear must grip this city hard and bring it to a halt. At least once. When the lifeline (Read: Money) to the Centre is cut off for good, I think they will realise that this is a city that needs to keep working; kept safe.

And if you are not willing to be afraid of terror, be very afraid of being ignored till yet another event unfolds.

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13 thoughts on “Make it Matter

  1. the only thing that can work is: civil disobedience. or swatantra mumbai andolan. then you’ll see kickbacks. hoping that center will suddenly realize its follies is foolhardy.

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  2. Well, for civil disobedience (or a strike) to be successful, you need multiple individuals doing (or not doing) something specific. It will be a great achievement if multiple individuals (higher %) went out to vote. It will be even more successful if people who went to vote knew why they are voting for a specific party/individual. It would be most successful if the educated community having access to the internet knew the mandate of each party and were able to add their own demands on their mandate and then vote them into power.

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  3. @Asuph:
    Gotcha. I know what you mean. I didn’t mean his post to mean to suggest civil disobediance. New post, hopefully clarifies that.

    @Ganesh:
    Welcome to Gaizabonts! Finally! (?) Someone in a talkshow recently said that the educated community has to become a vote bank. Else, these things will continue. Political activism and awareness. Like I replied to Asuph, the context of the post was emotional. Hopefully the new post puts things in perspective! 🙂

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  4. very emotional, this one. at one level – i would tend not to agree – for i would like to believe that fundamentally, there mustn’t be fear – of any kind. that was how i was taught – by a teacher a admire – in the very first class i had with him.

    yet, at another level – this makes sense. maybe fear would lead to action too. only, both fear and anger – are apt to cause action, though with limited rationale.

    u know, i have been held up, but perverse as this may sound – i was actually waiting to come and read your posts – know your feelings.

    i am not good at reaching out, but well, am sending some hugs – to you, and through you to all the people there. not that it’l be of help at this hour, but its all a bum can do

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  5. @Dharma:
    Yes! And I am glad it makes sense. Like I confirmed in the next post, this wasn’t a call for a disobedience strike or something of that sort. It was just a thought of what would happen if another equally powerful emotion gripped this city.

    You are always welcome, whenever, dear bum. Love travels fast and well! 🙂 TC

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  6. Although I don’t agree with the emotion that needs to grip the city – fear – I do agree that the attitude of “Mumbai can bounce back” (you call it the stupid bravado) has to go. Also, I didn’t see the talkshow you referenced in a response here, but wow – what a novel concept “educated community has to become a vote bank”!

    Isn’t this what we have been griping about for so long? Today we are discussing national security issues, but doesn’t this apply to practically everything that ails India today? Education, poverty, infrastructure, corruption, you name it – all these issues are going in the direction directly opposed to what the educated folks in the country need. Why is that? Well, quite simply put, what you sow is what you reap. We elect morons, then re-elect them. Finally fed up with the progress or the lack of it, we – the educated class – decide to abstain form voting altogether. So who votes? Go to a voting booth on election day and find out for yourself or see who in your district got all their election wishes fulfilled. The poor people living in the slums, those encroaching your backyard, the corrupt businessmen and of course the politician’s chamchas. This is how it works and will continue to do so.

    So although I have lost my right to vote in India (I consider myself an important factor for Obama winning this Nov), I am amused when the literate, middle-class gets angry in India. I don’t understand why they behave this way? You mean they were expecting something different from the politicians they chose not to vote for?

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  7. The middle-class in India has never been civic conscious. They have resigned to the fact that nothing will change the corruption and the status quo of the political scene. Goonda-raj continues and corrupt and/or criminal elements get elected by brute force. There is no oversight, no public outcry, nothing whatsoever to hold them back. Of course it will be nice to see all this change – but after watching the TV coverage of the last couple days, I am not so sure it will. People are already dancing on the streets celebrating their electoral victories. Its already become politics as usual in India. And the events of 26/11 – well, they too will become a distant memory. This time though, I hope not – I hope that people remember and take action, but I think I am wishing for too much!

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  8. To add to my comments from yesterday, I was pleased to see that some people have taken to the streets and are seeking change. Its only when I read through that I realized it was one faction of Congress fighting another. Not that BJP wouldn’t do the same, but they are not in power now – see, politics as usual and not a mention of 26/11 ( http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Violence_breaks_out_after_Narayan_Ranes_son_also_quits_Congress/articleshow/3819970.cms?TOI_latestnews )

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  9. @Mogs:
    There are classes within the middle class, you know that. I agree with all you say, but it seems looking at the issue in isolation without context is ‘harsh’. There was a ‘resignation’ of sorts, but it is changing.

    Also, things are not about 26/11 alone now. That, I believe was a trigger that opened up many things. This change will take long for it to be obvious. 🙂

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