Leave it to the Bharatiya Janta!
My mum’s camping out in front of the TV watching the BJP ‘court arrest’ in protest against the price rise. The party leaders/workers are acting like ‘our brave freedom fighters’. I suppose they really believe that they’re going to rid our country of the scourge of the Congress Party. That people will see how boldly and bravely they’re fighting injustice. And vote for them.
Honestly, HOW stupid do they think people are?
They’ve declared a Bandh. And I don’t think I’m the only one fuming.
1) It’s raining in Delhi. The weather’s cool, and in the morning I was wondering if I’d woken up in Bombay or Kerala or something! It’s the kind of weather you’ve love to enjoy, with say, a long drive or a chance to go shopping. I’d love to go to work in this weather, the auto ride wouldn’t make me feel like roast-human.
But no! Not today! Today’s the day for burning down auto’s and buses, threatening violence and oh, burning tires in the middle of the road! What FUN!
2) I’d really, really respect the B
ig-J oke-P if they tried a non-violent bandh. I would, really. No, um… killing or maiming, for example? No breaking the windshields of buses, or disrupting public transport maybe?
And if they want to try something REALLY REALLY unusual, maybe they could try getting people to voluntarily not get out for work.
2.5) It’s public property, we don’t really care, what with all the paan stains on the buses and all, but please. It’s our money going in to fix those broken windshields and repair all the other damage done (apart from the bit that slips into your pockets on the way).
3) Oh and pollution? It might be just a teeny-meeny difference they’re making to the air above India, but could someone ask them, politely (not to hurt their sentiments), to please NOT. Or maybe they’re trying to make up for the empty roads…
4) What if someone needs to go to the hospital? It happened last time, if I remember correctly, and someone died when an ambulance was stopped during a bandh. And trains and planes? I don’t think there’s anything more cruel than that. To have every medical facility available to you, and then have to die because someone decided that it’s okay to block all the roads. For the greater good, you know?
5) All this agitation is against the price rise. But isn’t almost everything subsidised in our country? There has to be an outlet somewhere. I don’t know much about economics and my math sucks, but if the governments been ‘softening the blow’ (so to say) for us all these years, there has to be a time when we’re asked to cover up. Yea, I have to pay 60 bucks instead of 40 to get from point A to point B, but at least I don’t have to pay a 100. I dunno. It’s…. whatever.
Times like these make me feel like there isn’t really any point in even getting angry. What’s the use? It isn’t going to stop any of this. Makes a person feel like saying ‘oh screw you!’ and just turning your back.
I suppose I’m just going to grow into an old armchair cynic.
I’d envy the soul that doesn’t.