As the Ravana. burns this dusshera.. it reminds me of one of the poems which i had read during my school days,
"Ravana Jalta fir woh bujhta ,, Isse Vjay kyu kehte bhai" It seems as though everyone and everything around me wants me to do something. You must have felt it sometimes that watever you see around makes you think of the same thing or person. What is around me these days ... "" wake up SID" & " a young girl shoots down a terrorist in J&K". &" karan johar saying sorry to a local leader for saying the name bombay instead of mumbai" & "the comparison of India and China and how we lag behind them.One of the news correspondent then says "has India come of age then?
'Coming of age'..what does this phrase mean to us in our daily usages??...it generally connotes a young persons transition to adulthood or maturity. So how do we decide whether one has "come of age" or not...is it purely a biological facet...if yes then how does nations and movies and books come of age? That draws me to another question..has India come of age????.
Well I have come of age as an individual. but have I achieved the same as a citizen? Do we show maturity enough to be known as a country of people who can handle larger world problems and do not wriggle over minor domestic ones?
India has changed, it surely has..from since the time of "hum log" on national televisions to now a day tweets and reality shows. We have and continue to grow our economy to one of the better ones in the world, we have our courts for the first time accepting homosexuality and sexual orientations as a right of an individual, we have, dear fellow countrymen, movies with not only bolder tastes but also a higher intellectual underpinnings, our cricket board is not only the biggest and the highest revenue earner amongst others , but it is virtually the one which runs International Cricket, we after 11 long years have again qualified for the Davis cup world finals, we have our own F1 racing team(please avoid being critical of its performance..its just a newbie), the success of Chandrayaan is known to all of you I guess...if not please update yourself from a few week's back news reports. So doesn't all this makes it very clear that we have come of age?
This was just one side of the picture wasn't it? There is wholly different India which we have quite ignored in the above mentioned picture. How can we forget that till now only 66% of Indians are literate( this when compared to the whopping 91% of our neighbouring Chinese friends..does throw us back into a retrospective dilemma).The democracy of which we all are proud of hangs its face in shame when not even 50% of the registered voters turn out to exercise their right to determine who they want to be governed by. Our national level politicians still fight it out on issues of caste and regionalism rather than propagating a philosophy of united India. We are still plagued with problems of poverty and unemployment. The worry is not about the problems...every nation has them..but the problem is that we remain quite unconcerned about them.( Whoa!!! did that hurt you!! if you dare to disagree then please think as to what have you done today or yesterday..or what do you plan to do tomorrow to help India counter poverty, illiteracy, child labour etc etc.) So to be honest we don't think and we don't even plan to think. Why so?? Is this the "coming of age " we have been talking about?
I think and ponder in search of answers....would be back with a few of them.