This post is about a bunch of people under the misguided influence of a till-recently-nonentity of a person. Actually the title, fits them to a T. They moved and shoved and shook things and people alike, around them, to catapult into lime light. The MNS. Phonetically the name of their group is more accurate in Tamil where it reads "YEMANS".
For those who werent born under the British rule, feel no worries. Except for the colour of the skin, the practices followed 2 centuries back still holds good and lo behold..we are still in the days of the Raj!! Even a child will know how fragile the is the thread called unity in diversity. You dont need a hacksaw to tore it to shreds when mere words harshly spelt can mean doom. If you thought so, well the former is the way in which the MN(ui)S(ance) have been dealing with the issue of mumbaikars vs non-mumbaikars.
Indian history has seen the term immigrants being etched with blood and gore ever since it saw independence. But I think for the first time natives are being termed as immigrants. The worst part is the attitude of the local government, with obviously vested interests akin to the policy of appeasement by the Allies during WWII. History has always been a funny subject. People never bother to learn from the mistakes commited by others and always end up reinventing the "wrong" wheel.
Its really sad to read about the plight of our fellow Indians and the kind of hardships they undergo in phoren land just for the sake of money. Its unbelievably pathetic to imagine a much worse plight in their own land. Infact that raises the most disturbing question of all times, How Indian are we? Take the case of states fighting over water, border and "illegal" immigrants already multi divided by language. For a person totally strange to India, he might think these are individual countries. Now where is the question of unity with all these infighting??!! Its becoming a farce nowadays with the secessionists holding fort everywhere.
No one can suggest a 10 point programme and get this all rectified in a day's time. But for starters let there be a limit on the number of political parties. I am not sure how this can be implemented. May be one can take a stat of how a so called national/regional party has polled votes in past 20 years or say ten elections and can have a ceiling on the minimal percentage of votes they should have secured to retain their outfit. We hardly vote. Bitter fact. Even with such small percentage of people voting, if a party hardly gets any vote year after year and election after election, isnt it proof enough that the people are rejecting it. There should be even tighter restriction on so called "Fiery" speeches and news channels who bray non stop on their "exclusives" about these speeches should get their licenses revoked. May be we can get a new clause added to consumer act in relation with the news channels. If its misleading or found untrue, the channels should be banned for fanning voilence.
Its really moving and one cant help shaking with sadness on seeing the plight of daily bread winners, who throng cities, not for minting millions but just for a decent meal a day. Next time when you go onsite/abroad spaer a moment or two about these people. I think you will understand.
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