It was a usual chilly morning. I had just arrived in office and after dumping my laptop bag on my seat, headed towards the cafeteria to grab a cup of coffee. I was half asleep and still praying for the day to pass by as fast as possible without any major issues.
While the coffee machine was busy making strange noises to prepare my cuppa , I stared here and there in the cafeteria.
Suddenly my semi sleepy eyes glittered and I tried hard to open them as wide as possible to confirm what I was watching was actually true.
There lay New York Times with Barack Obama’s pic on the front cover and headline as “Buck up US , India is coming …”
Oh man what can be a better news headline to start your day 🙂 . I read the entire article how Obama had praised Indians for their hunger for growth and at the same time a warning to fellow Americans to tie their belts and pull their socks up or else Indians will overtake them. Happy ,delighted and elated I moved proudly towards my workstation.
Not even half of the day had passed that I noticed a different environment around my cubicle. Generally I take least interest what others are speaking but when words like “Obama” ,”India”, “science & technology” fell on my ears ,I too took interest in gossip session they were having. Soon I realized they were talking about the same statement given by Obama the previous day.
I too joined the discussion that followed and being the only Indian in the group of Americans ,they were more interested in what I had to say about it.
The discussion that followed involved everything from the fairy tale growth story of India in all the fields of science , tehnology,education,sports,IT,retail,ISRO…..and the list was endless.
The firangis were awed and amazed to hear it. They had heard or read from other means but hearing from an Indian gave them a different and interesitig picture .And I being the flag bearer of my country and a proud Indian boasted about all these qualities. Especially our unity in diversity , our different culture,languages,food,religion but still progressing as one nation.
Our banking system ,entrepreneurship, Tata’s nano, how we weathered the economic recession and how we are scripting a growth story for entire world were some of the topics which involved heated discussion with fellow americans.
It was more of a gd practice for me 🙂
Never before in my life had I felt so proud being an Indian, than I was that day. I had got a reason to show these firangis that they may be No.01 country but we too have the things which they may never have. Meanwhile I had invited few of the firangis to visit India once as our guests and explore the beauty of the place .
Happily finishing off the day, I returned home and told my roomie the incident of the day. He too was happy.
Couple of days later when I was having my evening cup of tea I logged into the laptop to read the Times of India e-paper. And their lay another surprise for me. The heading read as “Mumbai belongs to marathis, others should leave the state…”
My mood went off “Oh god not again” I screamed. My roomie enquired me in astonishment.
All the happiness and pride of the previous days went crashing in a moment .I sat there with a feeling of refugee -cheated, exploited and betrayed;not by any other person or country but by our own countrymen.
“How the hell can a selected group of politicians take the entire country to ransom and claim that a particular state belongs to them and people from other states should not even dare to come there??Are we not Indians first and then belong to different states? Why such people are continuously allowed to pollute the peaceful minds of the people in name of caste, religion and statehood?
In lieu of political power how dare they be allowed to harm the very social fabric of the country? Goons are let free on the street .If you say anything opposing them you are asked to apologize in public or get a thrashing or If you happen to be a Muslim you are asked to leave the country and go to Pakistan ?? I want a justification for it…”
My temper was running high, and I would have continued further if my roomie had not interrupted me “Hey chill yaar, dil par mat le….”
But my question is why not ?? On the one hand we are projecting ourselves as the emerging superpower but on the other hand we are still engulfed in such petty and menial issues and fighting like animals of stone age.
The world is welcoming us with open arms but we are not even invited in our different states of the country.
Why don’t these people understand that we are a democratic country, talibanization doesn’t work here. If they intend to continue doing this , they are most welcome to go there, why are they asking a patriotic film star to leave the country.
And who is paying the price for all this after all?? We the common people, who actually sweat out to build and run this country, unlike these bloodsucker politicians who loot us.
Even from economic point of view, I would like to mention that industrial conglomerates have already started moving out of Mumbai towards Gujarat for setting up new business. Reason is very clear, no sensible person would ever want to come to a state moored by hooligans. It is a sad irony of India that a person who keeps an AK47 with himself by mistake with no intend of killing anyone is put behind bars under TADA but the these terrorists in the skin of political parties let loose on streets, are greater threat then those people across border. Because the weapons these are using is more lethal and pose serious consequences than those bybullets.
Its high time we Indians wake up and from deep slumber and make our country proud .
ShahRukh,Mukesh Ambani and Rahul Gandhi have already shown the way to do it.. we just need to follow…