Wednesday, December 03rd, 2008 | Author:

I have reason enough to believe that it is our subconscious self that reflects in our governing bodies. Our laid back reactions to many things in our day to day life’s is testimony to that, our casual approach to electing officials who ensure our safety – led to 26/11.

Why blame the authorities for everything ..the ‘one’s’ we put there, why hasn’t a single one of us accepted fault for electing such negligent officials …oh I forgot  …we are just like the ones we elected we say ‘its not my fault’ the only difference being they get India TV to cover it, we don’t!

The politicians are a masquerade of our consciousness; let’s accept responsibility that we all are at fault. If the various governing bodies failed in their duty, so did we in ours!

We have to better than that, we have to!

 

A song which was sung many many years back by Bob Dylan, but I think it finds more reason in our time

 

Times They Are A changing

 

 

Come gather round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
Youll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin
Then you better start swimmin
Or youll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance wont come again
And dont speak too soon
For the wheels still in spin
And theres no tellin who
That its namin.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Dont stand in the doorway
Dont block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
Theres a battle outside
And it is ragin.
Itll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And dont criticize
What you cant understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin.
Please get out of the new one
If you cant lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin

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5 Responses

  1. 1
    swapna.s 

    True, I agree that we have a laid back attitude and casual approach but that is changing for the better now and faster than we thought.

    We are openly asking questions, challenging the leadership and making politicians squirm at least a little, hopefully, thats just a tip of the iceberg. On TV channels, a young man said, “I cant connect with what the PM of this country says. These people are out of sync with us. They dont know anything about our feelings.”

    We need young, motivated people in politics, not dynastic icons. On NDTV, a huge gathering of young Indians at the Taj site stated that they want to form a political party of people who want to change India for the better and they will march to the PM, demanding answers that we all want…..Despite the depressing situation, I think we are on the brink of a great change that will carry us all into its very center, whether we resist it or not. We are part of this big change that will not die down, lets give it our best.

    Lovely song by Bob Dylan.

  2. 2
    romila.s 

    I totally agree Reynold. That is what I was also trying to say. Each one of us takes some responsibility for our own home – even if it is walking the dog, so why not for the larger home that is India? If we don’t do our bit, we give up the right to criticise others.

  3. 3
    Reynold 

    Since it would be fair to say is that change is what we want, then lets start with ourselves first. I accept democracy and dilpomacy is not what we want, especially when we are angry but in large i certainly believe that change is a peaceful process. A lot of debate has started over muslims and islam being the reasons for 26/11, but like i said we have to be better than that.

    Blaming a religion or its people is only going to lead to further deterioration of events. The religious factions within our borders will definately try taking advantage, we as the people with a moral responsibility should not allow that. In the time of pain and anguish we tend to become aggressive which might lead to irrevocable damages. The time that is to come is not going to be the best as far as i see, but its not going to be the worst either.
    Change we must but in a dignified and responsible manner.

  4. 4
    ronisha 

    i donot think,change is something what we all would like to do,as the bitter truth is that we all are “afraid of changes”whether hollistically planned or individually…..
    yes,on a greater ground i admit that whatever has been written holds truth in it,and we ourselves are responsible for our own deeds,but …………….writing wont help,are you game to change?think about it?

  5. 5
    Palash 

    I was told by a gentleman sometime back that the ones who do not change are defined as ‘laggards’, in pretext to human evolution from a primitive man to the thinking man. ‘Change we must’ sounds good as long it comes from an effective leadership sitting over a sound infrastructure, and from a person who ‘can’ change the things around him for good. Anything apart from this is just thinking and not doing enough. The 26/11 has left an indelible mark on our minds. But we should not waste our anger and resent just like that and term that tragic event as just another crime story. It is certainly more than a story. Can’t we go down to the root. Sometime back an incredibly famous bollywood actor pronounced in one of his interview “Let us create a new religion- Work”. I was extremely impressed by his thought, which I somehow feel the same.

    Thomas Friedman cried ‘America can’t exist on credit cards, Let’s get back to work. Hence change can not happen on words unless translated into action, by one and all.

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