Sunday, February 12, 2006

we just might get lucky...

i like patterns. it is fun to construct the full picture looking at the pieces. some times the pieces are so outspoken that they can lead to only one logical conclusion. But most of the times they are shy. showing themselves and disappearing in a flash. But for the experienced eye that flash is enough to know all that it wants to say. I am no expert at this, but hey you can't blame da man for trying!!
Enough of cryptic introductions...the point is this

There have been some events in the near past which sketched a pattern in my novice mind. Events like "raang de basanti" and "hazaroon khawhishee aisi", engineers playing a hand at politics, some friends leaving corporate worlds to join IAS, a general feeling of emptiness in many, inspite of acheiving excellent success socio-economicaly, almost all indians that I meet here in the US looking(though silently) to plot a way back home...
the list can extend but I will leave the rest as you might think they r too insignificant or unrelated, but I see a connection in them nevertheless.

What is this leading to? a revolution of some kind? young educated indians slowly but surely taking matters in their own hands. boldly leaving what they are supposed to do and doing what they really want to. Making an attempt (at great personal agony I might add) to change what we all know is wrong, but nobody considered the possiblility that individuals like you and me are supposed to, or more importantly are capable of changing. Changing what?? the face of india??...maybe. As an individual it is difficult, almost impossible to think so big. me..changing a country!!! insane. Well apprenently some have other plans.
I dont want to comment on what will happen, just the possibilities. As I said I am no fortune teller just a pattern matcher.

If there is no "revolution" as such then we don't have to think about much.
But..but if something really brews up, each one of us in our generation will have to make a choice. I say our generation 'cause at that time we will be old enough to understand the choice and young enough to act. The choice will be either to keep ones life unaffected as much as possible or to dive in. There will be no telling how far it might go. But where will sacrifices involved. personal, social, economic, maybe physical too. the million dollor question. Will it be worth it?

I dont know what I will choose. But I think we will be lucky enough just to be presented with the question. 2 generations back they had their task cut out, Independence. I was beginning to believe that our generation would be left alone.

If I remember my 8th std history correctly it was the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand which started the first World War. But that was just a trigger. One event cannot start such a massive spill, unless there is a build up before that. What we are seeing in urban india right now looks like a build up. slow, sporadic and seemingly uncorrelated. What will ultimetly bind these actions together will be history herself.
There will always be determined guys who can't care less about a movement and will do it alone, and when our history lady writes her judgement, these will be the guys who started it all.

It is like we r sitting in a green room below the stage. what roles each one of us will be playing on the earthen stage above us wont be known till the curtain raises, if it raises that is....

13 comments:

Nivedita Jagtap said...

hm, nicely written and very coherent. What I liked best was the statement “But I think we will be lucky enough just to be presented with the question”. Now the question is why would we want such a question? One that demands sacrifices and a lot of discomfort? Talking of patterns we can see any given system (social, art, philosophy etc.) wants to stabilize, achieve some sort of equilibrium, and when such a virtual equilibrium is reached, some individuals want to change it completely, revolutionize it. Major reason can be suppression, in an equilibrium most of the parameters are already determined and the elements of the system have to abide by them which in human terms is suppression. Following Newton’s third law, we retaliate.
And this change is for good, that’s how we move ahead, that’s how the early apes looking over the grass got to become modern men, that’s how we found out autocracy is not acceptable as is not slavery. And whether it will be worth? The freedom fighters felt the cause was worthier than their lives. So if we are lucky enough, it will definitely be worth enough!

Ratndeep said...

nice one.

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siddhya said...

thanks nive and tatya. this 'bharatuday' thing seems a bit too exotic for me :D
aplya rajo master cha puN ahe na asa ek item "elgar - sakriya samajik hastakshepasathi"
thoda "lucky-no time for love" sarakha watata...hehe but they do real good work i guess :)

Amit Gharpure said...

Wonderful line of thought... Keep 'em coming baksya, incredible writing!

Amruta said...

A real good one :) You rightly captured the state of mind of 'our' generation. At least I agree to all your points - to all those questionmarks atleast :)

Keep up the good work

siddhya said...

thanks barik and amruta

Ashwini said...

jabri !!

amna said...

read this when i was thinking of penning down something myself, 6 times rang de basanti does require a mention. but it seems like you have already got it all! bravo!

siddhya said...

hey amna,
thanks a lot. 6 times!! wow!!

nad said...

sidd...this is a wonderful post.I would echo all sentiments you have expressed so beautifully here.I guess an essential ingredient of the revolution would be the fact that most of our generation would have to deal with being happy with participation.Sadly, but truly enough, most folks in our generation,me inclusive, were motivated by favorable outcomes and the fruition of efforts.This is a behemoth task at hand, and one never knows how long it may take for the change to actually materialize.Nevertheless, we will have the option, and I increasingly believe that most of us would have the heart and the courage to "dive-in" as you so correctly mentioned, rather than stand around as mere spectators.The decision though, at an individual level, will be HUGE for everyone.

Anonymous said...

recently came across this quote by Wordsworth. "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven."

siddhya said...

perfect!! loved this quote

boka said...

Such patterns were always present in all the generations...yala pula "khadde boojawna" mhantaat...jenva hazar lok ase khadde boojawayla lagtaat tenva social picture change howoon "revolution" hote...ani nava rasta milato jyawaroon lok jatat...tyat kahi khadde khanatat.......navin generation tyala nave khadde mhanate.....te boojawale ki navi "revolution" hote..