The reason for writing today is because #Iwish is trending in India with 1,142 tweets and if I had my wish then there would be accountability in India. For far too long has the common man been at the mercy of chalta hai or laissez-faire attitude to the detriment of the population at large.
This is why somebody travelling to the country from foreign shores is taken aback by the organized chaos and the sheer apathy towards fellow humans keeping in mind the economic divide.
Besides, India is the way it is not because of any extraneous factors but something which is very intrinsic to us and that is the gift of extreme climate where the summers are extremely hot and the winters compliment by being nail-biting cold at least for the northern part of the country. For me, this explains why we behave the way we do.
Let me give you a few examples of accountability or the lack of it to put it in perspective and you’ll get a better idea. I am blessed to live in a self-owned house with the amenities and comforts that one could ask for and there isn’t much that I WANT except for the obvious in the next two cases and rest assured, this isn’t a diatribe:-
1. Why is it that every time I buy Tropicana Juice from a departmental store nearby, the inner foil is punctured after opening and the juice is blackish. The colour is such a put-off that my Missus refuses to partake.
2. I recently bought disposable contact lenses and one of the lenses did not have any solution which meant it was completely dry on opening. This wasn’t any ordinary brand but Johnson & Johnson and was being retailed by a respectable franchise- Titan Eye Plus. I am yet to get a replacement.
The above two instances might be an anomaly but do remember, I am an ordinary citizen and am not talking about road fatalities, response to Corona Virus, the farmer suicides, the abysmal dip in the GDP(Gross Domestic Product), corruption, the stifling of the media etc. Maybe the last few pointers could be left for another day.
Let me leave you with the lyrics of one of my favourite bands who recently launched a new album Gigaton and the song is Wishlist by Pearl Jam. Murmuring was never THIS good:-
I wish I was a neutron bomb for once I could go off
I wish I was a sacrifice but somehow still lived on
I wish I was a sentimental ornament you hung on
The Christmas tree I wish I was the star that went on top
I wish I was the evidence I wish I was the grounds
For fifty million hands upraised and open toward the sky
I wish I was a sailor with someone who waited for me
I wish I was as fortunate as fortunate as me
I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good
I wish I was the full moon shining off a Camaro’s hood