I am not sure what irks me more, the fact that these articles are written with rapid Brownian movement of thoughts wandering hither-tither or that they are just plain silly from the very title of theirs.
First of all, Shobhan hasn’t realized (even though it looks like he has spent more time in Pakistan than I have), that if your neighbors aren’t stable, you would have a hard time achieving it – especially when you’re trying to climb up against every odd on your back. Of late, a lot of alternative media has gained popularity – and I’ve seen more sensibility in blog comments,random tweets or heck, coffee tables – than in popular magazines, newspapers or news-sites. So, thumbs down to Mr. Saxena’s lack of sensibility there. Please take the reverse gear out of your mental being.
Secondly, I don’t understand the presumption that ‘we the people’ of India, don’t worry about her being democratic. I just realized that the article was written in January – and about a couple of months later Mr. Saxena would have seen that there are quite a bit more people worrying about India than he ever imagined. This is a trend I’ve seen in a couple of other TOI blogs, where the blogger would presume that they’re the only ones heading north. Look around, guys.
To conclude, there’s one more fun fact. I enjoy reading stuff that is completely out of whack. It’s like a fun filled session of somebody talking very seriously about stuff that they don’t have any idea about – or their idea about saving their listeners from extinction. It’s entertaining. Here it goes, and I quote:
But, it’s time we reflected on our country which is looking more and more like Pakistan despite our claims about 9% growth. Ironically, this decline has happened in the past 20 years of so-called economic boom: India has seen a dangerous mixing of religion and politics as is evident from the rise of BJP and its communal politics; the gulf between the fundamentalists and liberals has widened with people like Binayak Sen being harassed and RTI activists being killed across the country; armed movements have sprouted all over the country – Kashmir, the Northeastern states and in the so-called Red Corridor; and India has begun to look like a client state of the United States as clearly shown by the cables leaked by WikiLeaks. And the genesis of all these problems is the same as that in Pakistan. Some 30-odd families control Pakistan. In India that number may be 200 or 400. But, everything in this country – politics, business & trade, films and cultural life – is dominated by a few people. There is 100% reservation at the top and no entry for aam aadmi. Since 1991, we have developed such a nexus that only a few with access to other few can grow at breakneck speed. All others are free to go to bank, mortgage their life and take a loan for things they want.
It’s like, he thinks India is more like Pakistan (well, he thought that way in January, but it still doesn’t look close enough to me), and then we’re mixing religion and politics with the rise of BJP (though BJP is falling in almost every other state) – then the gulf has widened and RTI activists are harassed – (how does that relate to fundamentalism?). Dude, do you have any idea of what you’re writing about? Number of families controlling India is a wide variance between 200 to 400? Pray make up your mind and give us an approximation. Everything is dominated by a few people? Names of all of those 20 please? Classic bullshit. If Shobhan entered this essay for an examination, I would have deducted 25% marks for grammatical mistakes and another 30% for lack of originality and unclear objectives. (Please don’t start your sentences with conjunctions).