Better Days Ahead

While talking to children today, one child asked me whether it was not a sheer wastage of time and energy when people go on protests and mass demonstrations every now and then on one pretext or the other. I was happy that such a thought was coming from a teenager, who is still in his early adolescence.

His point was that if we channelise their energy for constructive purposes, our country would go a long way. But marches or protest demonstrations are the inherent constitutional rights to express dissent that may give input to the existing governments to make course corrections, if any.

Despite demerits of a democratic set-up like instability of governments, it is still the best form of governance-of the people, by the people and for the people. Better accountability, decision making and conflict resolution with supreme power vested in the people make the backbone of democracy.

It reminds me of a school debate, the topic of which was whether India should have adopted democracy immediately after independence, when the literacy rate was just 12%. Now it’s 74%, but the basic character remains almost the same. The literate and illiterate politicians speak the same language of arrogance and ignorance.

It also reminds me of an experiment with monkeys that every new monkey introduced to the group started following the group norm, that remained unchanged even after all the initial members of the group were taken away. Good people with good knowledge and intentions also join politics, but being in the minority, the easiest way they find to survive is to fall in line.

Money, muscle and media powers add fuel to the fire. People talk against caste, region and religion, but will themselves support and promote such parochialism for vote bank politics. Party tickets and ministries are allocated with sole intention to maintain this balance. Quality becomes a secondary issue.

Situation may be grim here and there, but there is light after darkness. Gandhi said, “In the midst of darkness, light persists.” A seed when planted remains in dark, but a new plant emerges from that only.

We don’t have dearth of such new promising seeds. Whenever I talk to some of them, it gives me an instant energy and hope that our future is bright in the hands of these budding talents. They know how to question and reason with their intellect. They need a little care and guidance in the formative years. A bright future and better things are ahead of us.

–Kaushal Kishore

28 Comments

  1. There are loads of thing when the term “politics” comes under discussion.
    I won’t put my opinions on politics but, protests are important.
    Protests power the light of what we call democracy. (Not supporting every protest)
    However, it was quite comforting to know that, a teen-ager asked something out of the books.
    It means they care & have a vision.

    Great post.

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    1. Well said, Tanishq. You have stated exactly what I was trying to get across. Thanks a lot for sharing your views and concerns. Much appreciated!!

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  2. Protests and lobbying are important parts of democracy and whilst sometimes they may arouse suspicions, all intelligent and thoughtful voices should be heard and considered. 🙏

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  3. Churning is much needed at times.
    Whether system, young,minds, thought process, sometimes our own lives, for a change to happen . Change is life . Graves don’t move, variation is life.
    Presently we all are witnessing the churning mother earth has put to, the pandemic😁

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  4. “The literate and illiterate politicians speak the same language of arrogance and ignorance.” Hahaha. That’s funny. I would really like to see democracy bringing more equality and community spirit, less reckless strive for a selfish middle-class life.

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      1. You are right. I also realise that they grow early, are more sensitive to issues. That gives hope. Thank you.

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