Tuesday, September 8, 2009

“let’s not worry too much about …subject called History; let’s create a new subject called The Future.”

That was the last line of Chetan Bhagats recent article published in TOI on 30 August 2009.

The following are some thoughts that he puts emotionally on his writing pad. Let’s you peddle with it now. Time and again some people write some good things for younger generation but it doesn’t reach targeted age group in a vast country like India.

  • “…the post-poll, slow-suicide path the BJP has chosen for itself, is harmful not only for their party, but for the nation. With no credible second alternative, a democracy runs the risk of turning into a one-party monopoly, which may not be good for the country in the long term.
  • The reality is that despite its best intentions, the BJP is out of touch with the current generation.
  • The strange thing is the media buys into this pointless debate — about Mr Jinnah being good or bad and spends hours discussing it. By doing so, it gives legitimacy to the whole exercise.
  • …the young generation fails to understand why do our politicians become so passionate defending these relics of the past? Why don’t they have a fanatical debate about how fast we will make roads, colleges, bridges and power plants? Why don’t people get expelled over current non-performance rather than historical opinions? Why don’t we ban useless government paperwork rather than banning books about dead people?
  • Every Indian student learns about the past leaders. We read their biographies, celebrate their birthdays and see them as inspiration. However, what made these people great was the fact that they brought about change for a better future during their time. Do our politicians realize this before they claim to be fans and devotees of past leaders? Or is it simply easier to debate the past than roll up your sleeves and make change happen. This old Indian mentality of non-stop discussion and no action has cost the nation dearly.
  • The BJP is not just a Hindu party. It is also a right-wing party from the point of view of economic policy. And right-wing economic policies typically involve higher privatization, lower subsidies, better financial management, focus on growth in business and employment and attracting private capital for national development.
  • The right-wing economic agenda is so long forgotten that in India, people associate the right-wing with a communal agenda, which frankly is not what the right-wing is about. Right-wing economic policies can greatly benefit the country but the question is how do we make the young generation believe it. Well, if the BJP can do that, it can bridge the gap in votes and it can hope to come back with more seats.”

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