Originally posted by apolloartemis
@Shri-read the news today. Have dedicated my chapter of Always Yours to Daimini. I wish there was something more meaningful I could do. Was reminded of your posts about women in India and all the things they have to deal with.
Don't get me wrong please- I've been raised on the belief that India culture- the vedas, the Hindu relgion, the tolerance, are the best in the world. But if the people in the country are the way they are, with no meaningful change, with the thought that "this is the way the world is and we cannot change it", indeed embracing that brutal mentality-well does it make sense that I revere the India that could be instead of the India that is?
In the United States, I won't deny that we have problems. We have a ton of problems. We are seen as self-righteous and interfering. But atleast I know this- in the US, I wouldn't be afraid to get on the public transportation. In India, that's a fear every girl has to live with.
Sorry for ranting about this everyone. I just felt very sad today.
Every time I am thinking of the girl, my body shudders. Can't help it.
Its since 2004 or 2005 General Elections in Hyderabad, that I stopped thinking of India as anything. It happened when I backed out of the voting queue unable to make myself vote for the election candidate even as I wanted his Party to win the election.
Not the politicians, but the people foremost should be inspiring, Either I had not assimilated into Hyd politics and its importance to National level politics or I had not assimilated myself with Hyd mileau. Eitherways, I felt a big time loser that day for not giving vote to the party that I wanted to win, that I was disillusioned with everything there and I saw no hope for myself ...in the so called political democracy and I had no idea what part I was going to play as the country's citizen. Except for the voting rights and paying tax every year, I had no other contribution to the country in civic life betterment, city administration or enforcing Law and Order and Getting Justice. These are the duties of a good Government. And I had not the chance to select anyone of my choice, there would never be any leaders that we like until one of us decided to enter politics and I had no chance even to criticize the Govt. Even Media was fake and is fake now.
In 2006, saw for the first time, Police station, staff and their treatment of "the not yet chargesheeted accused", saw the court administraion, the open bribery, abusing...Pretty much did not understand how we have to live on when all our ideals are shattered...
My English teacher from my 14th to 17th year in school...Neelam Katara ...she inspires me now. I heard later in 2008 that her son Nitish Katara was killed by Politician D P Yadav's sons...a case of Honor Killing (for their sister;s honor or whatever). Its there all over the Internet. She may enter politics one of these days by the likes of it. Media keeps calling her to ask her opinion. But I remember her for the person she was in school and later how she fought against the system to fight for justice. If I can become anything like my mother and her, I would be grateful to God. That's enough to make me grounded with basic sense of humanity and nothing to bother about honor for one country. For what is the use of respecting a nation state, when it does not respect its own people. Bhaad mei jaaye Patriotism and Desh Bhakti !!!!