Friday, August 27, 2004

I'm sorry but....

This post is gonna be more of a frustrated rant.. So in case you were looking for logical arguments or coherent reasoning, you are probably at the wrong place..

Like many of my erudite friends, I'd grown up through school dabbling with Lenin, Marx, Che Guevara and other communist relics..And looking back, I wasn't even in Bengal or Kerala at any point in time.. But the whole concept of a society where there was no divide between the rich and the poor and the state ensured that all were equal held tremendous appeal to me at that impressionable age..And the fact that Castro and his Cuba could kick-ass the world's largest rogue nation was more than ample proof that these lofty ideals worked at the grassroots. However reading more about the collapse of Eastern Europe and the fall of the USSR and watching Perestroika replaced by Glasnost slowly exposed me to the horrors of the system and incredibly so, I became a strong proponent of capitalism. Pretty soon the heights to which large corporations and moneybags stretched the "survival of the fittest" principle to achieve their ends came as a rude jolt to me and soon I was back to searching for my ideology - like a man trapped in a drifting boat desperate for a shore to land. Economics took a backseat and the nationalistic brand of politics propagated by the BJP (some choose to call it right wing extremism) engulfed me - To be honest, this was more because I had nowhere else to run away from these shameless pseudo secularists. Today I think I’ve been there and seen it all and what India needs is some practical politics - they call it realpolitik, don’t they...

C’mon, when will our politicians ever grow up..On one hand, we have a party which is yet to reconcile itself to its humiliation at the hustings and trying to create trouble whenever it gets a chance - (Gimme a break, Shibu Soren's case is what 27 yrs old ??) and on the other hand we have a ruling party which can't seem to resist indulging in juvenile sparring. And all this while a Rs 4000 crore Finance Bill is waiting to be discussed..

Then there is this truckers strike in Bangalore.. While its been really pleasant driving up and down Hosur Road these last 3 days, I still can't seem to fathom the logic behind this strike..And what about that stupid ban preventing release of non-Kannada movies for 7 weeks.. Surely I live in India and its illegal to deny me the right to see what pleases me.. C’mon, when its worthwhile I don't mind watching even a Kannada movie.. Preethi, Prema, Pranaya was good and I saw it.. But the rest of the stuff the Kannada Film Industry churns out is utter rubbish.. Ranga SSLC whatever....

Lets talk sports now.. The IOC is run by Suresh Kalmadi - a goon from Pune, Amar Singh won some elections last month into CAB and everyone knows he is a thug from UP and the IHF is run by KPS Gill, an ex-supercop but a man known more for his high political ambitions..Why is it that we do not have the right people in the right posts.. Why is it that politics is intertwined in almost every walk of life ? Was reading somewhere yesterday that Uday Hussain was so passionate about sports that when his countries sportsmen fared poorly he used to shoot them and their trainers dead..Wish the reverse was applicable in India..Just imagine if Rajvardhan Rathore was allowed to do that...

I think that's enough for this time...

3 comments:

Pavel said...

You can't just read about the USSR and understand it that way; there's no way to really grasp it without having lived there. I would know, I've lived in Siberia for roughly 5 years. What people often read, what the media shows is often exaggeration and misrepresentation of the truth. For example in the USA, my house's rent goes for about 1600 US Dollars a month, and roughly 70 US Dollars a month for electricity. In most states, the minimum age for retirement is around 55, but most people haven't saved up enough money by then to be able to afford retirement. In Soviet Russia, our house, which was sufficient in size for our family of 5; we paid rent on it of around the equivalent of 25 US Dollars per month, for electricity, in the winter (when the heating had to run non-stop) we paid around 0.15 US Dollars a month, and in the summer around 0.03 US Dollars per month. Under the communist regime, people were paid to get higher education (in the USA it costs tens of thousands of dollars to receive a good college education)..In the USSR, one could retire after working only 7 to 10 years as early as age 45 if one so chose. In essense, all you ever had to do was work and the government would be responsible for you. Why it failed is primarily due to the personal motives of Gorbachev and Yeltsin.

Jupe said...

Hey Pavel,

i think i get the picture.. Would be nice chatting up with u on Yahoo sometime on this since you have the benefit of having lived in both the US and Russia and i sure cud use some perspective...

Was browsing thru ur blog and found ur post on the Olympics very amusing..That thing abt US uniforms and their paranoia about terrorist attacks was ridiculously funny...Hey dude, i am very cynical when it comes to everythin Yankee but believe me Phelps is a phenomenon.. He's simply awesome mate..

thanks for dropppin in...U r my second truly international visitor :-)

Pavel said...

Yeah, it'd be nice to chat, my Yahoo screen-name is hobofactory2038.