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Thursday, December 02, 2004

anything can happen

When I was young, my father used to say that ‘impossible’ is a word found in the dictionary of fools.
As I became older and felt my wisdom teeth growing and growing, I realized that my father was so very right. Today, thanks to the enormous advancements in Sciences and to innovativeness that one can perceive all around, it has to be admitted that anything is possible – kuch bhi ho sakta hai! At the click of a button, you can travel thousands of miles. By deft manipulation of the mouse, you can interchange the face your favorite film actress with that of a porn movie actress. Uncouth videos sent by school children thro SMS have parents shouting blue murder little realizing that they themselves are to blame. Such ‘toys’ should not be given to kids in the first place. Open the newspaper and news of all sorts stare back at you and make you wonder - can such incidents really occur? But, then, who are we to judge? The news of ‘the man bit the dog’ category are splashed all over the pages and their authenticity can be established if one so desires!
That is why we are not surprised by the news of a five year old boy losing his life for the sake of Rs 15.00 only or of a holy man being held in custody for murder.
Ours is probably the only country in the world where commuters are thrown out of running trains and no eyebrows are raised. Rail accidents are a regular feature in our country and, such accidents are always justified by drawing parallels from accident rates in other countries. The Minister-in-charge visits the accident site wearing a grim expression and announces some level of financial relief and returns to the cozy drawing room.
We do not condemn people with dubious past who patronize the various Political parties and get elected to Parliament to sit in judgment on cases involving innocent lives. The saddest part is that they define the norms of Society.
I do not know about other countries but, in our country, entertainment extravaganzas are all linked to finance being made available by those who are much sought after by the law and should, rightfully, be behind bars.
Ours is a country where the dictates of the Honorable Courts are not implemented – when the Court says ‘no chakka jam for half hour’ , the organizers of the special effects come forth and say that they have not received the relevant communication!
Our Politicians change their party affiliations faster than a chameleon can change its colors. And, at all times, they have some excuse or another to put forward to their electorate. They conveniently forget the famous saying – ‘you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time’.
India is a country where wonders will never cease.


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