How many times have you heard people from different walks of life cribbing about things- mundane stuffs to issues concerning national welfare? Did I hear, on a regular basis? Oh Yes, It starts very early in the morning when you switch on your TV hoping to get some good news but since when good news started to bring TRPs? News channels will talk about another raid on CWG premises, financial channels will talk about impending doom and gloom scenario in Ireland and Greece and I wouldn’t even bother to talk about soap operas. Then comes your maid complaining about water shortage and rising cost of onions. If by chance, I get an auto for Janakpuri metro station, I always have to heckle over exorbitant fair charges but then auto walla will respond, “Bhai saab, yahan pe subko tension hai. Koi khush nahin hai..”.
You meet your friend and the conversation involuntarily veers towards plight of our state and its politicians. Perhaps it is typical lower and middle class whingeing and certainly more than that; anger and immense conflict. This non-stop flow of opinions does tend to make you believe whatever they are prophesying. Despite all the claims of India shining and the mad rush to prove ourselves as country of hope in 21st century, we all are grumpy. If you are well-educated and own a bit of conscience, things appear further bleak. Forget about the alleged prosperity that we have come to acquire. The only common strand on the ground, among the rich or the poor or middle class is hysterical greed and ambition, frustration, and increasing polarization between different sections of the population.
The only people that are truly happy are authors of self-help and motivation books because we all are not just unhappy but also pretend to portray our lives as perfect one which further adds to the state of permanent anger, angst and stress. What is it that causes cases of randomized violence and armed attacks in the streets of Delhi, Mumbai, and other metros in broad daylight? We have started to program ourselves to total incompetence and hypocrisy. Most of the middle class people are neo-rich and do not like to miss one opportunity to show their neighbors and acquaintances how gladly they are willing to be ripped off to assuage their wannabe aspirations.
Check out those high-flying professionals. On the surface of it, they exactly know what they are missing and how to fill up those empty-sockets but instead, everyone I meet is frustrated to killing point, working 18-hour days, hating every minute of it, but unable to get off the corporate treadmill. Of being seen as ‘successful’.
The constant flow of bad news, corruption, rape, violence, apathy etc does not shock us anymore. Actually, it takes a lot to shock we hypocrite Indians simply because, you and I are not as virtuous. It is less about corrupt politicians like Kalmadi and Raja and more about why the hell, I did not get that chance! The great Indian dream is built on apathy and carelessness towards everything that does not come in between me and my dreams. And if, by any chance you point fingers at authorities not caring for general population then, please, first look at your own existence and whether you have contributed an iota for others in proportion to your complain list?
I believe, I am a part of a broken society where we idolize nothing but success, where we are always desirous of being a part of glitzy nightclubs and where we don’t even have to make any sort of effort to ignore bad things. We are turning out to be shallow people in addition to being hypocrite. Hypocrisy is in Indian blood effectively demonstrated through centuries of our evolution and stories. More on that, in a different post.
Who among us is fit to write about morality? Certainly not Me but didn’t I just tell you, we Indians are hypocrites?