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Grey Matter

May 16, 2019

In exactly a weeks’ time, the great Indian tamasha would be over. The results, whichever way it goes, is not going to enthuse me. I am a skeptic. I do notgrey matter believe that it is going to make anything better for me. The election results over the last 35 years have not made any significant difference to my life. It does not matter much to me, I am fairly well off, but that, in these 70 odd years of independence, it has not made any significant difference to the lowest strata of the society is what irks me. There has been increments in their lives, but when the base is small, the growth needs to be exponential. 1 becoming 2 or 2 becoming 4 is easier than 1 million becoming 2 million or 2 million becoming 4 million. The former has not happened to the common man, but the latter seems to have happened to the powers that be, be they be in the ruling dispensation or those who seem to oppose them, as is evident in the affidavits filed by candidates of various parties about their wealth. The less said the better about the political discourse. It has reached dismal depths of indecency. Sometimes I feel all of them is in this together and behind the curtains must be laughing away to glory thinking about their gullible followers who would lay down their lives for them.

Some of them followers are my friends both in the real and virtual world. There is one thing common amongst them. They believe that the person whom they support can do no wrong and the person whom they oppose can do only wrong.. They are filled with hate just like the people they support. I have seen best friends not on talking terms because they are both on different sides of the divide. There are some odd cases where family members act like enemies. And we say politicians are divisive. Frankly, they are not. They join together for their own welfare. Have you ever seen them opposing matters that benefit them? Here we are fighting amongst ourselves for them. It is ridiculous that beautiful relationships get lost for such selfish souls. You can have opinions that are or appear to be right for you, but why should you think it will be right for others. It is the bane of the social media. One opines something. There is one group supporting it and another opposing it. And we say the politicians are polarizing. Aren’t we the ones gravitating to the poles?  Black and White. Nothing in between. Have we wondered about the shades of grey in between (I bet there will be more than 50, if we look for it). You are watching a cricket or a football match and would be supporting a particular team, but would that prevent us from going wow over an exquisite cover drive, or a kick-in from the corner that loops into the goal, by the opponent.

There is no leader capable of leading the nation without prejudice. Not one, worth fighting for. That is my skepticism talking. I wish fervently I am proved wrong. Till such time I have to lead my life and as far as possible help at least a few to lead their life. Time to use the grey matter. Or is it irrelevant?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2019 18:37

    Wise words. Very relevant too. Thank you Govind.

  2. May 16, 2019 19:47

    You have given voice to the thoughts of so many. However the need of the hour is someone who recognises these feelings and takes the country in a new direction. I don’t see anyone from the 40 plus age group doing this. It must be someone from the younger lot, and I am not talking about those who are indoctrinated by both left and right and spend their time trolling on twitter.

    • May 17, 2019 14:40

      Thank you Vivek. It will be a Herculean task. Have you noticed, how much we are consumed by hatred, lack patience, are highly intolerant and lack magnanimity to appreciate others. As you say a new breed has to come to lead the nation.

  3. May 17, 2019 14:59

    “They are filled with hate just like the people they support.”
    To this, dear Govind, i do not purport
    To two on this page itself,
    Matters not power or pelf
    Their love and respect for each other no one can disport!

    • May 17, 2019 15:27

      Though as usual I wrote this in a rush
      I didn’t paint all with the same brush
      so I said some
      who did succumb
      Any doubt, of our mutual love and respect, we should flush.

      Thanks Gulshan for the visit 😊

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