As the events of the last 24 hours unfold on national television, I am taken back to the peoples revolution that changed the government of Hosni Mubarak despite the very violent and desperate attempts of the Govt. to scuttle the protests.
Tahrir square became the beacon of hope for oppressed peoples across the Middle East, in Qatar, in Saudi Arabia and Syria- we all know how Syria panned out.
The govt. of Hosni Mubarak was despised because he did nothing for the masses, with an elitist cliche at the very top living in the lap of luxury. The undoing of Mubarak was that he refused to believe that his “beloved people”, the Egyptian masses did not live better lives under his 25 years “GOLDEN RULE”!! He was like the proverbial ostrich with his head firmly planted inside the sand, living in his minds utopia, and believing that the Egyptian people loved him for his great rule, that they were thankful that they got Mubarak as a leader to lead them out of their misery!! of course we all know now that that was a myth being played out in Mubarak’s geriatric head over and over again – he was suffering from dementia.
Doesnt the above summary remind you of our elitist politicians and the ruling cliche that believes that they are Gods gift to the Indian population, without which India would not have “progressed”. The myth of progress that they are perpetrating to the largely illiterate Indian population and the world at large is, that there are far less Indians under poverty than there were when the British left the country some 60 years back ( poverty figures based in PPP, figures that the world needs to question and audit for themselves, illiteracy at a govt. stated figure of 40% overall, and all this is deemed as great performance over a 60 years of democratic rule!!).
These politicians have usurped the tenets of democracy and crudely perverted it to ensure their unquestioned rule over a largely illiterate voting population knowing that the laws they formulated to protect themselves and their own kind, DID NOT GIVE THE VOTER THE RIGHT TO RECALL!! A clever, strategic masterstroke to favor their 5 years of undisputed stay in their constituencies, even if they decided to sit back and relax on tax payers money- and this is exactly how this pans out , in each and every state, in each and every district, after each and every election. This is what our politicians have been doing and WILL CONTINUE TO DO till they and their like are virtually kicked out of the system , and the people take it on themselves to confront this abomination in the name of democracy.
Assurances and hopes provided by these despots will only prove to be the opium of the restive Indian masses- a time tested, time gaining tactic that has paid handsome dividends to these self serving politicians- they have learnt to leverage the innocent trust of the restive people, to beguile them with their histrionics and claim to comprehend the pain of the common man, and for too long this tactic has been bought, hook line and sinker by the restive youth of the country.
Is Raisna Hill now India’s Tahrir Square? It is time for India’s youth to come out in every city and town in India and to create their own peoples movement and their own local Tahrir square?
I think the time for India’s Tahrir square is here and it is now!!