Sad state of affairs but true. How can I make a difference … Suggestions are welcome.

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Thinking of oldage and friends

A couple of days ago, we visited some friends. Well, I can’t really call them friends since they are more my parents age. Anyways here is what got me thinking …

The conversations were fairly inclusive (by that I mean that I could make sense and participate). Then a thought struck me. When I am as old as my parents … would I have friends that I would be visiting like this? “Surely” you would say.

Let me as they say give you “the lay of the land”. The people we met were “friends” of my Aunt, and they knew her from a fairly young age (we are talking the 50s and 60s here – so that is friendship 50 years in the making … whew). My Mum went to meet them since she was sending my Aunt some pictures that she had of a trip they had made together last year. “So what’s the problem?” – you’d say. Here goes …

The first challenge is the logevity of our relationships – outside relatives and marriage. The one friend I still am in touch with (infrequently though) I met in 1980. I haven’t met him in person for 5 years now. The oldest friend (in terms of the relationship – not age) I have met in recent times, I met for the first time in 1988 / 89. Will we go around town connecting with each other – I wonder. When did you meet your oldest friend?

Challenge #2 – What droive my mother to meet these friends was the fact that she wanted to send her sister some photographs. With us being connected through Social networks ala Facebook, Twitter, etc., would I ever make the effort of getting out of the comfort of my home to visit this “friend” in town. Even today, most of the pictures I share are done threough Facebook and other networking sites.

Challenge #3 – And you might call me mad for listing this – What would we talk about. My mother and her friends knew a number of people between them and the conversation flitted about these people and when we last heard of or from them and how they knew these people. My last social outing, to put my social life in context, was when I visited Bangalore 2 months ago. The past 2 months I have connected with people mostly through chats. 

Every once in a while I tell myself that I will re-establish my connects with people. That is soon followed by an arguement that easliy puts off any enthusiasm I have of connecting with people – Why go throught such effort? What am I going to get out of it? You’ll get the answer if you think of oldage and friends …

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Why is Anna Hazare fasting?

Independence and dependence co-exist.

Let’s take India’s Independence. We wanted to gain independence from ‘foreign’ rule, only to realize now, 64 years, later that we do not like the people we have chosen into power. So Anna Hazare is fighting what he calls the Second Freedom Struggle.

64 years ago India and Pakistan fought and gained independence, but are now dependent on the support of significant others for their sovereignty to be maintained and upheld.

Our county’s security was in the hands of the British soldiers, but now is in the hands of Indian soldiers – a transfer of dependence from one set of troops to another. Today when ‘our troops’ ask of us to maintain law and order, we fight against them hurtling stones and petrol bombs, claiming they are puppets in the hands of idiots or bigots, who we must remember we elected to power.

We were upset with the British not understanding us as a culturally diverse country, then we go and cut it up exactly on those lines, and now that decision comes to bite us in the backside, with new denominations feeling the need to establish their identity. Hence, the need for newer, smaller fragmented states every other day – take a look at Uttaranchal Pradesh, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh- next in line?

So here is something for us to contemplate …

What is our understanding of the issues the Lokpal bill and the Jan Lokpal bill? The mass movement and mass hysteria around this bill begs the question – how much do the people supporting the revolution really understand what is being asked for.

The Executive, Judiciary and the Legislative were separated by those who were responsible for our ‘freedom’, for the purpose of not letting one bigot taking over the country, ala Hitler, Gen Zia and many others. In our brilliant reasoning around fighting corruption we are insisting on leading the country down that path. I would like to see the faces of those ‘fighting for our second Independence’, when a Narendra Modi, a Lalu Prasad Yadav, a Mayawati or a Mamta Bannerji becomes the head of the Lokpal. Better still wait till a Karunanidhi or a Thackeray takes that seat.

Power corrupts … Absolute power corrupts absolutely …

Leaders of such mass movements run away from taking the responsibility of leading the nation. Let such leaders get into the parliament and fight their battles, which they will not, because they can’t. Not because they don’t want to, but because they understand ‘Power corrupts … Absolute power corrupts absolutely’.

With freedom comes responsibilities. The reason we are asked to elect our representatives annually, is because we cannot run the country, apart from running our households. It’s not a part-time job. It requires focus and commitment, not upstart, knee-jerk reactions. How involved do you and I want to be … Here is a static for all … In the 2009 elections 57% voters turned up to caste their franchise. You and I are responsible for those in power, you and I are responsible for the corruption around, will you and I be responsible for making this country a banana republic, where every other day, someone will sit on a fast to fight for policies against use of nuclear power, fighting for cause of establishing a national business language – make your choice Hindi or Marathi, or for establishing a ‘national’ religion …

Independence and dependence co-exist. This country depends on you to keep it independent. How are you contributing?

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My 30-Day Blogging Challenge

So people keep telling me I have potential … I guess they are saying I can do more than what I do.

In an effort to upskill myself on the nuances of blogging, I decided to take up this challenge of blogging for 30 days.

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Hello world!


This blog is committed to all those thoughts that keep me awake at night … Or put me to sleep during the day. All opinions that I share on this site are my own. Please do feel free to share your own to me.

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