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The strange headline is only a teaser. Blog is about confusion in minds of people nowadays, whether learning should come from books and teachers or our politicians and their tuition staff for history and social development. I address the subject through (A) Politics (B) Education and (C) the media, arts, music, films as in recent news. My writing is definitely not as boring as this statement, is a promise at the outset. English is incidental, though I do not know tough words.
Blog starts with what I do not like and why? How does it affect my choices? Finally what I would like to say to Mr. Modi, like “Man ki Awaaz”. Brace up for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly! How will you do it, is your take if you just trust your imagination and park it on to my roller-coaster.
In childhood we saw, read about and even followed people of grandeur, splendour and awe – legendary leaders, saints, musicians, rock-stars, artistes and even administrators, policemen, policewomen, just like now. What is alarming about now is that power is once again showing signs that ‘absolute’ power is once again attainable.
In fact, the world over, politicians and cronies can randomly strike off as many heroes from past and replace with fresh ideas – what was actually good 50 or 5000 years ago, it doesn’t matter. The reach via over excited news media fanatic over TRPs or just social media, is phenomenal and fool proof.
Politics, Society or Education, we had thought that pre 1940 ideas would have been eradicated, but as we read and see everyday, we are looking the demonic or zombie phase in-the-face; reasons perhaps why horror films and crime serials even on TV being actually loved, not to forget that TV serial writers are openly and brazenly having a fun time distorting scripts on daily whim of their producers and adverts are more than content to tell us – “Public, you are a tool and fools to lap whatever we will give; to hell with any kind of creative genius and creativity anywhere”. Why is nobody complaining? Is there an active I&B ministry, still, or is everything commercially buyable?
Suddenly, the school teachers of our 60’s and ’70s now seem bloody liars who fooled us. People born that time are at loss to judge how to believe a BJP, RSS or what have we world over, many recruits born much later, and some, who just never saw it all are the ones spreading messages – that’s where my confusion is directed. Then to even utter this, I must fear if I might be seen as a Congressman, when truly I have never known what myself – ever!
I just love good people do and open to point out negatives in black and white – an ill I have retained just the way Padman or Toilet might have been scripted – by default of times we live in (2018). Those who could not afford pads or toilets did not love what they did ever! So if Modiji, took step forward to make them affordable too to those it mattered, the signs are positive. If people still won’t and use money to marry daughters to anybody faster than before, it paint does paint him a Saint for giving a chance, right? Remember ‘Rang de Basanti’? Did it stop corruption? Nobody knows. The hero got bigger, producers made bigger budget movies to ‘educate our people’. Good or Bad?
Now, Rahul Gandhi born much after me could be right in explaining people in Singapore and round the world, what’s happening in India. Inadvertently he is matching Modiji’s schedules while telling the world what’s happening in India too. Both are saying the same thing giving way to my ticklish interpretation of what they actually mean to say – “our public is always stupid. Show them huge cut outs of leadership that looks visually good, elite, strong; coin fantabulous phrases, know how to stifle public outbursts with calm smiles and some home-bred nautanki, arrange strategic gathbandhans and they shall ‘hail’ with ‘Jai Ho!’ “.
Honestly, I have always nurtured a deep-hearted desire to join politics which should be evident in passion with which I write, I imagine. Problem is that soon as I start having faith, in a leader or party to be doing something right, we see something very stupid and old school returning and we say “oh, not again!”. Then there are reminders by ‘friends’ who were in ‘thick’ of politics – “how much money you have and who do you know?” – Money & Power equations (M&P).
I have come to realize that anyone today who follows beelines to local political honchos, always has a second question too, “okay, if I spend and I take all my time on somebody’s victory, what will I get?” A personal plus peps in, though it may not strike immediately. From ‘service’ to falling in traps of more M&P is a short road; but a politician can turn me wrong any day and “salaam” to their kind of grit, though I am not sure if a blog-writer will imbibe it soon enough.
All with political tilt are not bad; perhaps none. There are many in our country and elsewhere, who work selflessly in public transformation. We know all so many heroes through SRK’s TED TALKS, Amir Khan’s talk shows that bring tears to our eyes. I have personally seen and met some too.
Usually these people who did real-time Good, were mostly underdogs, did not live in influential big-gate colonies. It is my feeling that those less fortunate are always ready to lead or follow a good man or idea. But usually also these people were only rectifying a situation in their core trade and things just happened in succession; they had a character to just keep going!
Mostly through social media I notice people who feel they have done everything they ever wanted, are happy and satisfied with what they have They have a particular way of showing nationalism and care for the world. I notice them each day through blogs, groups of WhatsApp. I love their ‘good mornings’ and say, “just like me – he is reaching out, great!” The fallout is that writing or sending a post does not make us that “thought” and teaching anybody does not make us a better citizen.
I am always looking for people who may have enough, but are still hungry as I am today, to do the next thing the next best they did than to say “once upon a time”. We see too many of those, right? But if you are a parent to today’s youth, is it even relevant? My dream team is still far ahead in a haze, I guess, to make a political or socially out-reaching pitch.
I will use another bizarre simulation. The education sector just last week loved the inclusions and formatting of the English, Hindi, Physics and possibly other subject exam papers of ongoing CBSE board exams – they were easy but very lengthy! The student may be dumb, but can he sustain interest?
So for all those who might read my blog to the end – thank you, “you passed” and you can message those who don’t that they “flunked”!
And dear Modiji, I know neither you, nor Rahul, nor his predecessors would find any rationale in supporting a fundamental rationalist (you never have), you will all look at your relevance in the western world, outside India, than care for the Indian in the India or outside it if he fails you in election process. It’s not just me, even TV media has made a show “har shaakh pe ulloo baitha hai” on Star Plus. Creativity loved in titillation is what is bothering some of my young friends doing Indian classical music too!
But honorable PM is really bringing the public examination of BJP to a climax, we will all be part of you in 2019; just change a few remaining mind sets as I can see you are doing somewhat these days. Then count me in, to join you. I propose the same to Rahulji, Kejri bhai, with folded hands….from the latest owl ‘on the block’ who is very democratic.
Lastly about another news item today, “half of engineering seats lie vacant” in Indian colleges; every youngster firmly trusts “best, be an owl”.
Modiji, just who will do projects you announce, but never get finished? China, benefits from our every stupidity – a strategy to create only owls that would follow just beliefs of being BEST will not keep the dragon away from Brahmaputra and PoK, nor will the US come to fight our wars.
Even Shah Rukh Khan is spreading his arms for more colourful ways to learn. Beavers of my school days have new Avataar, “do not stress the child”. Rightly so, for all I got then was dementia after too much tutoring by my “good” friends, associates, parents and elders make me smart enough to be the owl who shares my mind with you so openly and blatantly fearlessly to. No secrets here, just ask me, provide feedback thumbs up or down – say it!
Beaver or Owl – I have imbibed both in rotation – got it? Media must not make public “ordinary” our worthy leaderships, please value ‘the rationalist’, if not his vote, because to overcome China, every branch cannot have only that – Ulloo!
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