I have been a blogger for some time and an active Facebookie (I just invented this word) because I like to voice my opinion and hear others even as they are becoming increasingly abusive. If social media is an indication of the state of the nation the dominant trend is to go either with Narendra Modi or Arvind Kejriwal.
It is basically because I am not a rat to follow a pied-piper that I don’t agree with either school of thought. I refuse to believe that India has wasted 67 years and the Congress has done nothing for the country. Actually I am shocked when I hear upwardly mobile youths travelling in the Metro trains in Delhi traversing above flyovers and sometimes below them, making fun of the Congress for doing nothing for the country. This is just one glaring example I can count a thousand others. But this generation which changes its mobiles every month has not seen the days when it took hours to book a call and talk to your relatives in other cities. I and those from my generation have.
The two gentlemen in question who are desperate to lead the country towards dictatorship may be successful in misleading this generation which believes in ‘Use and Throw’ policy whether in personal relations or in office and are prepared to follow them to Doom. I was prompted to write this blog not to canvass for any party but because a very well read nephew of mine whom I met after months grinned and asked me condescendingly, “I wanted to ask you for a long time, it appears you are supporting Rahul Gandhi.” Is is a crime today to say that you support Rahul Gandhi? You can support Mulayam, Jayalalitha, Mamata, Mayawati, Nitish Kumar et al if you have not already been brain-washed by Modi or Kejriwal but not Rahul Gandhi who is not half as ambitious as the above mentioned characters but stands for some decency in political discourse.
I have made my choice and I hope democracy allows me to make my choices without Mukesh Ambani’s help.
By Amitabh Srivastava