Opinionated

Remo speaks on national television (Times Now), about politicians of not just Goa but every politicians in India,

“Politicians are not administrators, they are thieves, they join politics to make money, they have no respect for law and order, they do not even abide by what the Supreme Court orders. Law and police are in their pockets, there is no solution to their greed but to just shoot them down like mad dogs. But I can’t do that, I am not a criminal, I would probably just be out of this place someday.” [Some interruptions from the anchor here and then Remo continues] “You know, when I talk like this you people think I am just being cynical and pessimist, but am only being a realistic. We are also partly to be blamed because we think everything would be alright tomorrow. The reality is, that nothing is gonna be alright. Once we accept how bad things are only then would we be able to do something about it.”

Am blogging about Remo NOT because I think what Remo said is right or wrong (although what he said is not something I haven’t heard before and definitely not surprising). I am blogging because of two good reasons.

A) I applaud his guts to say such strong words on national television. You seldom hear an entertainment guy having an opinion, let alone a strong one and last a political one.

There is a saying opinions are like ass holes, everybody got one. But not so much political. I think, to have an opinion is pertinent to a meaningful existence and to hold a political opinion is a duty.

In India, it is one of the virtues to NOT hold a political opinion. If a school going child reads or speaks too much of politics his parents would get worried about his future. If a college student is not preparing for his JEEs or CATs and shows more interested in fixing up the college union issues, his parents are shattered. They’ll leave no stone unturned to bring their, lost child wandering on the streets of politics, back to the ‘sahi raasta’ that leads to a secured job in US. American parents may hope “our son would run for presidentship one day or become a senator” but in India joining politics is the greatest disgrace a child can bring to his family (unless it’s a political family of course).

Alas, he kept saying, but how many in India asked, “what can I do for my country”.

But I hope things are changing. Few Indian youths from one of the IITs saw Rang De Basanti and formed Bharat Uday Mission. More became bloggers, got into citizen journalism and all that. But joining politics is like getting into the shit hole to clean it. Someone once said, “A country gets the politicians it deserves” As long as we’d think politics is dirty, we’d only get dirty politics.

So if you can’t go down the shit hole to clean it, at least be around, to see if it’s being properly done. Don’t go about your bowling sessions and Barrista coffees until you have formed and demonstrated your political opinion.

To tell you the truth I have more respect for someone with a strong RSS (a party, I think, should be denounced of the political status) allegiance than for someone with no political allegiance at all.

B) Remo made an wonderful point in his last few lines. Optimism v. Realism. To make things right you have to first acknowledge how wrong things are. Pessimism is realism, optimism is a fanciful way of living life, affordable mostly by the cosmopolitans in India, the english speaking white collar executives, they live in the metro cities, they have hobbies like photography, reading, writing, travel, cricket etc. They are all very happy and optimistic people. They would never get worked up trying to fix some of the issue in the country because they don’t think anything is wrong.

Was reading this article in this regard where the author has written…

So why are people turning away from politics- and how do we bring them back?

Some causes are outside our control – especially the comfort of life in 21st century Britain which has led many to feel they just don’t need to bother. Life’s fine and how would casting a vote change it for the better?

This section of optimistic happy people in India have a life way to comfortable than Marx and his socialist theory would have allowed them. Unless they would see what is wrong with the nation they would never do anything, and I guess they are too blind to see what is wrong and the divide would only widen.

I am a cross between the two btw. I am a pessimist who can see that everything is wrong, but do the least to make it right, except blog about.

6 thoughts on “Opinionated

  1. Somewhere…We forget that, politicians are because of us. We have been adjustng from quite some time now as we are not so worried about things which are happening around us.

    There are young politicinas are in ruling aprty..But, what they ar doing??Have they got their dues??

    We are trying to find a solution for a problem which is taking each and every ‘gulli’ whenever it finds temporary solution.

    Nice post.. We are all born optimists I guess.Situation might have made us to think otherway.Guess there is an end for evrything.

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  2. think about this
    * congress garibon ki sarkar hai–so garibi goes they go.
    * Its much easier to buy/force votes than do something to earn it. Most of ppl in power come thru that route,,so it wont change.
    * education can only change this nation, but bad politics and governance wont make it happen..

    it shud be a criminal offence to not send ur children to school and keeping them uneducated..u ruin them and country..

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  3. the first thing that came to my mind was the ‘shooting them like mad dogs’ bit. though the agony of the speaker at the state of affairs of our country is apparent, i found it pretty cruel. to shoot the mad dog, more than the politician. for the dog, it couldn’t have been a choice :)

    there is no doubting the intention of the speaker in this case – he is obviously pained by the state of things. equally admirable is, like you have mentioned, his boldness. however, coming from a person of his stature and reach – i am sure he could have done better, than to go around telling that politicians ought to be killed – something that he or anybody can not, and imho, should not do.

    if i were him, i’d look at what little things i can DO to influence the immediate society around me. for instance, am i sensitising at least one person who may otherwise be living a life of ignorance? i strongly feel it is all ok to look at the larger picture, get bogged down, and then come up with improbable solutions such as these, ultimately coming up with nothing but acrimony. it is, upto people like you and me, to go out and do our little bit. to me, in this sense, optimism is realism – for it puts the solution to the problem into MY hands and it is now up to me to do something :)

    in that sense, i would agree with ankur. education, to me, is the key to many a problem the world faces today. we need to sensitise and empower the people around us, in whatever way we can.

    secondly, it is important to acknowledge the wrong. No doubt, change can stem only from there. but, for most(and i would be extremely tempted to put remo himself in that list!), it STOPS at that – we rant and then go about doing our own stuff. change, or the actual act, is looked as somebody else’s responsibility.

    but more important than this, i feel, is the need to acknowledge the right. even in the midst of all this, there is a LOT of good happening. many due to the efforts of the govt., some also owing to others. i feel it is equally important to acknowledge and even highlight all these – not just to keep the ‘optimism’ alive, but to hopefully inspire more people to go and reach out to others.

    finally, i completely agree about opinions. i was with schools for around 3 years, and i noticed most youngsters would become non committal when it came to an opinion. more of them would offer neutral answers to questions. i feel we need to promote active debate, get youngsters to think critically, so that they can make well informed decisions and form opinions on their own.

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