I live in Mumbai and today, Mumbai will vote. While I am on my way to work, without excercising my right, I wonder what calls for all the enthusiasm this time around.
Is it the nonsensical and devisive rhetoric of the Thackeray who so desperately needs the Raj? Or is the corrupt to the core Pawar who does not even pretend to be of any use to anyone except his bankers? Maybe, it’s the party that still lives in the shadows of the Gandhi and has total lack of either ideas or intent to frame policies, whether good or bad. Or maybe, the ‘strong leader’ who was instrumental in demolition of the Babri Masjid, on the way a huge blood bath and then the Gujarat carnage. Whatever it is, I just don’t get the logic of this excitement or pleasure of voting.
The fact that I did not vote will raise many an eyebrows, but my plain and simple answer is – vote for what? Excercise your rights, pat comes the reply. My answer remains the same – For what?
A right to choose is only as good as the choices available. When all the choice I have is to either choose institutionalized corruption or communalism, I would rather not get my hands dirty. Sometimes, abstinence helps. It prevents the blot on your finger.
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Not that I could be a better one than the Thackearys or Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, but I often think why I deprived this nation of the best leader it could ever have. Well, the reason is initially I was inclined not to. But, somewhere down the line, I just started understanding too much. And with understanding, I started seeing too far and too clearly (at least enough to contemplate on this question).
I could, with all the understanding and vision that I had achieved, see it clearly that in the long run I was bound not to succeed. Actually the logic is simple. I read Ibsen and agreed completely when he said that the majority is always wrong and the minority is always right. Now, to be the next Saviour of all my people, I had two choices – either to succeed by being wrong or fail by being right. Wrong I never am, so the first choice got eliminated. Losing no one likes, so the second choice eliminated.
Then it made me think, “Which profession allows me to be as ruthless and yet not fail for being right?”. And guess what, I became a lawyer. Today I charge people to tell them that they might lose. Then charge to fight the lost battle. And then, charge even more, to add comedy to injury, in the name of appeal. My only regret – I want to charge to write this. Damn it! Now that you are not paying, here I end.
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COGITO, ERGO SUM
I think, therefore I am
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