Congratulations America !
and all of you who made it possible…I congratulate you as a human being,as a citizen of the world. I, who will sleep a little easier at night thinking, no!! knowing…knowing that one more land is in safe hands,one more addition has been made to a ‘world of peace’ and that people of that land who will also perhaps sleep easier tonight than any other night.
And yet….yet, somewhere deep down inside ,I envy you…. The ‘Indian‘ in me envies you.
What must it feel like ? What was it that you felt today? What did it feel like to hope? To dream? For,didn’t you dream?…Standing there on a biting ,chilly winter morning ,hands cold,feet numb and eyes hopeful? Sitting in your homes,restaurants,in offices….and all across America…all across the world…Be honest…Didn’t you dream just a little??
You ,who are learning to unclench a fist ,a fist that you clenched when you were bleeding and hurt.You who have now woken up from that nightmare .You, who stood united in the face of terror.You,who did not let it define you and all that you are.You ,who have pledged to walk a different path today.
And we, who have just learnt how to clench a fist.We also bled,so many times and so much.. and…we are still bleeding..from so many wounds in so many places….
We, who feel rudderless and lost.
Where do we channelise this rage,this anger?How do we move on? Tell us…..How did you?
You, an America which has chosen a leader , a man who looks like he could and he would lead you to everything that you have ever dreamt of.Like he would willingly slay dragons for you,move mountains ,stop oceans……How did you find him? How? Did you go looking for him? How? This most of all..This,you have to tell us.Tell us the secret too…..
No one needs it more than us you see. Here,where they speak of finding our own Obama. Which is true and right…For,he or she could come from anywhere right?
But here the problem with us you see, is that we follow everything to a T.
If yours has come from the minority then ours must too. Because we ,you see, think that it’s all a formula,a potion, a ‘ghutti‘ that our grandmothers and mothers made….and it only came with fixed ingredients. One knew it was effective and still bitter but couldn’t change the ingredients. And so, we too are searching and searching but coming up short.
What? ???? You’ll help us? Gosh!!!thank you so much!! Candidates??
Okay, first one is ‘Mayawati’ being hailed as our own ‘Obama‘ and she…What?What is it you are saying?Okay…okay… big deal so what if she is corrupt? So what if she seeks to play the minority card? What?? Can’t hear you..Oh! That!!!The ‘chanda’ thing? She also murders?…or gets people murdered? Obama is not corrupt,has never gotten people murdered?….Okay,okay! lets scratch her name.Happy now?
What about Modi? Very ,very progressive people say..and very effective….and he lives so austerely too.He is firm,promises to deal with all our ‘enemies’ with a firm hand.Surely he is the right one.And he’s from the BJP.Great party all nationalistic and stuff!They will really protect India and all…
What???? Oh! that…Babri?and that one in 2002?..But that happened so many years ago…!Come on..Can’t we forgive and forget?I mean ,he didn’t even have a direct hand in it !
No???…ohhh! Okay……aren’t you being a tad too finicky???
What?? What did you say? Do we want an ‘Obama‘ or not? Jeez ,what kind of a question is that??? Of course we do…
How about Rahul baba? He is good,he has pedigree too, you see rather like a blue blooded prince….and..
What did you say? Oh yes,we don’t have princes anymore…Yes,the estates have been dissolved..and the kingdoms too…
But you see,we are rather big on blue blood here.On pedigree.And on Dynasty.and see…..He dresses well too…all dapper and all…Kind of like Savile Row suits and he spends his days and nights living with the dalits…he spends time with them,eats with them,lives in their huts….isn’t he amazing? Isn’t he so oh…whats the word here…yes..’Egalitarian’? He speaks impeccable Angrezi I tell you. Not a word mispronounced. No ,Sir! Not one! A bit naive maybe, but really cute:) And he’s from The Congress!All secular and shit this one is….Really man! A more Seculah party is not to be found evah!!! Congress defines Secularism.Yes sir, they do..!!!
What?????Oh! 84???and Babri again??? Come on! How do you remember all these years when we don’t?and they were just in power!!They also didn’t have a direct hand in it!! Come on !Give Rahul Baba a break na!
What?? Experience? What is that? No, no seriously….What IS that?Here ,we are not very big on experience.Actually not big at all.Jeez man ,if we wait for experience he’s going to be like Atalji before he’s even ready.And then you know what will happen?More rounds of ‘Yeh Theek nahi hai’. *Giggle* Come on,we would rather see our crown prince sit on the Rajgaddi while he can still walk..
What? Do we want to see a novice heading our country? Well…now that you ask..there already have been so many novices..his father for one…and all of th…..
WHAT???? No?? Absolutely no? Do we want an Obama? Of course we do! What do you think I have been asking for so long???? You are really testing my patience buddy!!!
And what are you taking those deep breaths for? Don’t !Don’t !Okay! peace and non-violence man!
Listen buddy I give up!!!!!
And…the rest of the choices are very limited. Oh really?? ? You want to know what the choices are? Okay if you insist! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! *mutters*
*Deep breath*umm…CPM?? Hey! Hey! don’t go red in the face! They are on everyone’s side! They really care for the masses! I swear..they always talk about all ‘Bourgeosie and shit ya know?” Awesome they are!! They talk all serious shit man and all heavy words like ‘Proletariat’,’Capitalism,’Commodification,Division of Labour and all…
Why….they didn’t even let that Tata chap make anything! How cool is that? 😀
WHAT?? Do we want to make progress or not? Of course we do…
They are ALSO not an option?
You are seriously cracked up man!!
You know what? I don’t even believe that you have an Obama! Yup!I don’t! You know why? Coz somebody like that doesn’t exist! You used all that computer graphics and all to make…..generate….whatever….him…!! Yes sir! thats what you did! And don’t you lie to us now….Tell us the truth! He doesn’t exist does he? What??
You think we are fools? You think we’ll believe that someone like this exists?
Of course,some here already say that it’s all a big hype and when you guys wake up,it’s going to be harsh….real harsh…..
That when he stumbles,you will too….
When his dreams collapse, yours will die too..
That when you try to fly,you’ll fall to the ground….hard…
But I sometimes wonder…..wonder…what if you don’t?
What if you don’t fall?
What if he takes you flying far into the horizon and even beyond? There…..where even the eyes cannot see?
Is it possible??