Note : This write up is in response to Chetan Bhagat’s article on 9th March 2014 in TOI with the title ‘Politics and its many shades of Grey.’
I remember in 1998 having watched the First 3D film. It was fun. Let us revisit Chotta Chetan, 3D:
Four schoolmates study in a rural school. They face competition, opposition and taunts as they come from a very poor family. This results in considerable exclusion. Then comes Chetan, who wears a loincloth, and cannot speak a word. They find that he has magical qualities and can perform several athletic feats. Together they decide to change their lives once and for all. But can magic solve their problems forever?
This Bollywood blockbuster story did not impress me much. However the new technology to introduce DTS stereoscopic 3D effects was awesome. On removing the theater 3D glasses, we find that Chetan Bhagat cannot hide his moral duty as a writer to empower readers and to give them correct direction. Most of Chetan Bhagat’s stories do impress me. But people in India cannot allow Chetan to take a three dimensional side and then fly his own kite in the ‘Modi Wave.’
I have a few questions and comments for him.
“You (Chetan) showcase Modi as the champion of ideas and human experiences. Keep it up ! Chetan, tell me what are Modi’s creative ideas and experiences which you showcase in your write up published in TOI last Sunday ? Tell me why Modi is found standing on a slippery ground and cheats the indigenous Textiles Industry which need government protection? We often see Modi standing with exporters and traders who want to export all cotton Lint/Fiber to China with ‘NO QUOTA’ for petty short term profits.”
‘4M’ continue to grow on a tree and writers like Chetan continue to sell the fruits of this tree. 4M here stands for Manmohan, Modi, Mukesh and Money.We, in cities, in the Service Sector stand for the branches of the tree, while leaves of the tree that make food and generate survival represents Agriculture and Industrial Production.
Many in India call Modi as an agent of ‘China’ and the property dealer of Ambanis. Tell me if Modi, who is choicelessly promoted by Chetan, comes to power, then how he will create jobs? How shall the future PM protect the Indian small scale producers of religious idols, rakhees and ‘deepvali ke rangeen bulbs?’
All such producers in India are now selling such handicrafts with imports from China. All Indian investors and small scale producers do today is to ‘motivate’ production by inviting and hiring occasionally a strange person called a priest to help with magical mantras and rituals having no links with process of team connected productive work. Capacity builders called gurus and priests in the past were in fact the business trainers to manage the team. Today in the human capital intensive environment, the hired pundits are given money and are sent back after few hours of team celebration and prayers after which unorganized de-linked production continues.
“Chetan Bhagat in your touching article, you comment on AAP having a complete lack of understanding of HOW WEALTH IS CREATED?Since you claim to know Modi better then the Public, so tell us what is hiss understandings on this topic of wealth creation? I understand you are a big story teller and a celebrity who manufactures dreams essential for toiling Indians. You are not a roadside story hawker so please reply to the Public if you cannot reply to my mails as never done by you in the past.”
Like it or not if good writers like Chetan Bhagat wish to generate views on ‘change’, they need to learn from the slums and step out of their high flying jet planes and stop bombarding in favour of the fortunate 1%. Roots of the tree remain in villages and not in Metro cities like Delhi. Roots lie in villages and in industrial sites outside maha nagars but people like Manmohan-Modi-Mukesh continue to decide our future.
Time has come to recall Mahatma Gandhi’s Ecological Swaraj Call: “Aao Chalein Gaon ki Aur”.
Let us go back to villages.
By Rakesh Manchanda